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Flat Classroom 3/31/2013

March 31, 2013

Discuss your experience so far with your students. What comments have you made on their work and how are their wikis coming along? Did you have any issues with bridging the student-adviser gap? Any hurdles or barriers to overcome?

At first I had some difficulty with the wiki, but I have become more familiar with flat classroom over the past few weeks. I am an expert adviser for flattener #10 group 9: Mobile and Ubiquitous. Ubiquitous means present, appearing, or found everywhere. Mobile refers to portable communication devices. This topic has to do with mobile connections being everywhere. Laptops and smartphones are the most common mobile and ubiquitous devices. Both teams have worked hard on their wikis. I made a few comments about grammar and spelling.  I told them they left some areas on the wiki blank and they need to add more information. I told them to let me know if they had any questions. Unfortunately, the students still haven’t made any changes to the wiki of responded to my comments.
Although we are the tech advisers, we might not be experts on the topic. 

Have you learned anything new working with your students on these topics? Feel free to share a snippet of their work, a link, article, or more.
Both groups added a lot of interesting information and graphics. Below are some examples of student work.

Team A:
How are cell phones changing the world and making it faster to get in touch with people around the globe?
The more high tech cell phones get the faster they get it's much easier and faster to get in touch with people. Computers, cell phones, the internet, and emails changes how the world works and communicates. One good thing about cell phones, emails, computers and the internet is it's easier and faster to get in touch with someone. One bad thing about cell phones, emails, computers and the internet is that kids are learning how to misspell words at a young age and how to use text language and look up bad information at a young age. More people now have access to emails and the internet a lot of people admit that they take advantage of these sources at school or work. "Majorities of residents in 37 of the 47 countries surveyed now own a cell phone, including 98% of Czechs and Kuwaitis, and 97% of South Koreans, as well as two-thirds of Nigerians (67%) and residents of Ivory Coast (66%). While large differences persist in the overall rate of cell phone ownership in the rich and poor nations, this gap appears to be narrowing rapidly." The more computers grow and our nation is changing.

Team B: 6 steroids
• The first steroid: Computing power. in 1971, the Intel 4004 microprocessor contained 2,3000 transistors. Intel's Tianium processor has 1.7 billion transistors in 2006.
• The second steroid: Breakthroughs in instant messaging, peer-to-peer networks and file sharing.
• The third steroid: Breakthroughs in making phone calls over the Internet (VOIP) -- Skype.
• The fourth steroid: Videoconferencing -- people can collaborate, "communicate their thoughts, facial expressions, feelings, ire, enthusiasm, and raised eyebrows."
• The fifth steroid:Advances in computer graphics. "Video games are particularly important in this regard, because in addition to their very realistic visual images and great sound, they are highly interactive and increasingly collaborative." (p.194).
• The sixth steroid: Wireless technologies and devices. In Japan, you can get uninterrupted wireless internet service on your computer or cell phone while traveling on the bullet train at 150 mph. According to Tamon Mitsuishi, senior VP at DoCoMo, the Japanese cellular giant, " the mobile phone will become the essential controller of a person's life. For example, in the medical field it will be your authentication system and you can examine your medical records, and to make payments you will have to hold a mobile phone. You will not be able to lead a life without a mobile phone, and it will control things at home too. We believe that we need to expand the range of machines that can be controlled by mobile phone."

Now that you have looked at the other projects through Flat Classroom, can you envision completing one with your classroom or student you work with? “The Flat Classroom® Project is a global, collaborative project using Web 2.0 tools to foster connection, communication, collaboration and creation.” What about implementing the ideas behind Flat Classroom on your own? How would you flatten your classroom?

I don’t know if I would use flat classroom in my classroom because I don’t think elementary students would know how to use this wiki. I think flat classroom is great for older students. This project has taught me a lot and I am looking forward to hearing more feedback from the students.

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