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12-2 Keynote: Chris Betcher
You are invited to respond to this video via the Flat Classroom Project Ning discussion forum as part of the keynote posted
A long time ago, before the World Wide Web was invented, Chris Betcher was a high school art teacher. At the time, he made interesting things out of paint and clay and he enjoyed helping his students learn how to do the same. When the Web came along it ignited a whole new passion for making things, this time out of 0s and 1s. He enjoyed helping his students learn in this new digital landscape even more than the old analog one.
Since that time, Chris has taught in a wide range of educational settings. He still has the same passion for helping others discover their world through the use of digital
media and the social web. He currently works at Presbyterian Ladies College in Sydney Australia as a technology integration specialist, where he helps students and other teachers discover how to make learning richer and more meaningful through the wise use of network technologies.
Title: The Flat Classroom Project - Taking the Long View
When did you discover that the world was flat? When did you learn that the classroom in the next building is really no further away than the classroom on the other side of the world? That whatever cultural differences we have are insignificant compared to the things we share in common?
I was lucky to have discovered how flat the world could be when my students and I did our first global collaborative project way back in 1996. Over the next few years we participated in lots of successful global projects, and the lessons I learned through those experiences permanently changed the way I viewed learning, teaching and education in general. I saw firsthand how powerful it could be to work across the boundaries of time and location, to connect with others and share our learning on a global scale.
In this keynote, I’d like to offer the long view of working in a flat world. I’d like to share some insights into how it changed the way I view education, and how it changed my teaching career. I’d also like to introduce you to some of my ex-students, who will share the effect that being part of these global collaborative projects has had on their lives almost 17 years later.
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What is your story of global collaboration? As a teacher? As a student?
How important is it to have a global collaborative experience before leaving high school?
In the school of the future, do you think ALL school levels (K-12) should have a global collaborative experience? Why?
What are the advantages for later in life of being globally minded and understanding the world through connections with others?
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