Project Announcement: Video Awards Ceremony Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:30pm EST. See YOUR Date and Time and plan to attend!

addition-mark.jpegINFORMATION TO BE ADDED:
As judges sign up, they add their names to this page with a link to their Ning page. Those of us who judge also join the current judging group on the Ning.

Timeline for Judging FCP12-2

(Note: the following dates may change)
  • Judging starts: November 30

  • Master List of Videos finalised and locked: November 29

  • All round-one judging to be finalised by: December 10

  • Meta-judging to be completed by: December 17

  • Awards Ceremony scheduled for: December 18-20 TBA

Overview of "Judging"

The aim of judging is to come up with awards for multimedia artifacts as listed on the Awards wiki page.
This is to be done using the prepared rubrics in combination with an online form (in order to identify outright 'winners').

The Project in a Nutshell

How would you go about making a video with a team of people you have never met before, you may never meet face to face and using the power of the Internet? The Flat Classroom Project will include over 200 students from 10 classrooms around the world.

Basically, students work in groups from different schools and different countries to produce content on a wiki page from which they create an individual digital artefact (video), including out-sourced video or multimedia from another student, which they embed into their team wikipage. The students have to use loads of different tools and develop amazing skills: file compression, editing, sending files, working in different time zones.....
The Flat Classroom® Project is a global collaborative project founded by Vicki Davis (Westwood Schools, USA) and Julie Lindsay (Qatar Academy, Qatar) in 2006.

It uses Web 2.0 tools to facilitate communication, interaction and collaboration between students and teachers from all participating classrooms. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on 'The World is Flat' by Thomas Friedman.One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working in isolation, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom. Read more about the Flat Classroom® Project.

How does the judging work?

  • All Videos will be posted on the Master List with each video having a distinct number.
  • The master list is locked at a date to be specified. Only videos that are turned in on time on the master list will be judged.
  • We have 3-4 judges per team with 8-12 videos per team expected.
  • Criteria is based on the rubrics for Design and Technical Quality as well as Synthesis and Construction of Ideas
  • All judging teams are asked to fill in the online survey. (To be sent via email based upon rubrics.)
  • Review all videos first and choose your top 4.
  • Complete one survey form for each of these 4 videos.
  • Each judge has the option to nominate a personal favorite for an award (included in the survey.) This is called your "Judges Choice" award.
  • Results are tallied and winners from each topic are sent to the Meta-Judge for final review and to determine the top videos for this project/wiki
  • The Meta-Judge submits the final overall winners, and all topic and meta-winners are added to the Awards wiki AFTER the online Awards Ceremony


Our meta-judge for this project is Dr Craig Union. Dr. Union, a recent graduate of the Flat Classroom Certified Teacher Course, serves as a researcher and Technology Advocate for technology integration into global collaborations. He earned his Ph. D. in Educational Technology from Walden University, master’s degree in Educational Leadership/Education and Training Management with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, a second master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama, and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. A retired Naval Officer, he has 21 years of middle- and top-management experience, including several leadership positions as an officer in the United States Navy. He owns and operates Union Security Service (USS), which provides executive-level security to high-end clientele in the Atlanta, GA area. Current research projects include research on the Flat Classroom project, involving global collaborations that use Web 2.0 technologies to help reduce ethnocentrism in cross-cultural classrooms from a teacher and student perspective and research that involves a grant to buy eReaders (Nooks from Barnes and Noble) for 25 third-grade students at Lawrenceville Elementary school to examine how the use of eReaders affects student achievement. Finally, he has served as a Classroom Advisor or Judge for over 10 Flat Classroom projects.

Who is qualified to judge?

We encourage educators interested in learning to assess higher order thinking skills to be involved. We want people who can give feedback on the methodologies employed to move towards improving our assessment of such projects.

How do I sign up to judge?

  1. Complete the Online Sign Up Form. Also at
  2. If you are not a member of this wiki already:
    • Join
    • Then click "Join this Space" in the top left corner of this page.
    • Wait for approval - you will receive an e-mail noting your approval.
  3. If you are already a member of this wiki, continue with the following points.
    • Join the Ning Group (add link to Ning group for this project) to get announcements and updates. Add your information to the topic of your choice below (first to wiki it gets it! include a hyperlink to your bio and/or Flat Classroom Project Ning profile).
  4. Be available to review/judge videos according to the timeline at the top of this page.

Judges BadgeFlat Classroom Judge.png

Please download this image and add to your blog/website/profile to recognise your efforts as a Judge for the Flat Classroom Project!


Amy Jambor and Sheri Williamsare Project Managers for this project. Julie Lindsayis primarily responsible for team assignment of judges, the survey and tallies. To contact them, leave them a comment on the Ning or a private message on the Ning.

Judges Meeting

Listen to a past Judges Training Meeting (FCP12-1, April 2012)
To view the recording, click the link below:
View the Elluminate //Live!// recording

List of Judges and Links to wikis

We want to find you and know who you are! Please hyperlink to your profile on the Ning and also your online blog.

1. Connecting the World Online (CWO) -

Judge 1 - Terry Smith
Judge 2- Louise Morgan
Judge 3- Claudia Estrada

2. World Wide Web (WWW)

Judge 1 - Cindy Schultz
Judge 2- Heather Davis
Judge 3- Jeanie Smith

3. Workflow Software (WFS)

Judge 1 - Lisette Casey
Judge 2- Cara McLaughlin
Judge 3-

4. Uploading: The Changing Shape of Information (CSI)

Judge 1 - Terry Smith
Judge 2- Heather Davis
Judge 3-

5. Web 2.0 (W20)

Judge 1 - Toni Olivieri-Barton
Judge 2- Louise Morgan
Judge 3- Judy Hagemann

6. Globalisation and Outsourcing (G&O)

Judge 1 - Julie Lindsay
Judge 2- Joseph D'Addario
Judge 3- Barb Morganfield

7. Google (GGL)

Judge 1 - Theresa Allen
Judge 2- Michelle McGarvey
Judge 3- Jennifer Kasprick

8. PLEs and Social Networking (PLE&SN)

Judge 1 - Michelle McGarvey
Judge 2- Jennifer Kasprick
Judge 3-

9. Mobile and Ubiquitous (M&U)

Judge 1 - Wendy Melnick
Judge 2- Terry Smith
Judge 3- Judy Hagemann

10. Virtual Communication (VCom)

Judge 1 - Eva Brown
Judge 2- Terry Smith
Judge 3- Mary Anna Thornton

11. Wireless Connectivity (WCon)

Judge 1 - Eva Brown
Judge 2- Wendy Melnick
Judge 3- Mary Anna Thornton