Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Late Notice: Early Interview Today - Connected Student-Authors Talk about Building a Digital Classroom

Join me earlier than normal today, Tuesday, August 20th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with a group of Norwegian students, and their English teacher (and blogger) Ann Michaelsen, to discuss their recently published book, Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom.

Written, edited, and designed by a team of 27 students at Sandvika High School (Oslo, Norway), with support from Ann, Connected Learners is a unique compendium of stories, advice and how-to articles designed to help high school teachers and their students around the globe shift from classrooms that are isolated and teacher-centered to digitally rich environments where learning is student-driven and constantly connected to the global internet. The 10-chapter interactive digital book is designed to be useful for teachers and students in both high school and middle school.

The 220-page collaborative book takes the reader through all the steps to create a digital classroom, says a spokesman for the team of Grade 9 students, "ranging from setting up Twitter and blog accounts, to finding educators and students online for global learning activities, to how to optimize the use of search engines and teach the key elements of digital literacy."

"This book offers a unique insight into what students and teachers need to know in the 21st century classroom," says Michaelsen. "I'm extremely proud of what my English learners have accomplished and shared in this remarkable example of project learning."

Date: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Time: 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording: A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/site/internal/launch/nativeplayback.jnlp?psid=2013-08-20.1120.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&loginid=194153 and an audio mp3 recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/connectedlearners.mp3 and at http://www.stevehargadon and http://www.futureofeducation.com.

Meet the Student Team:

"In this unique project we want to show teachers how to transform their classroom and why they need to do so. The book is about learning online in a transparent world. We are writing a book about teachers and students learning together. This is a book written by students on topics they are passionate about, and topics they need to learn more about. It is not a book written by a teacher or educational experts telling you what students want. It’s a book written by students and their teacher in a collaborative project where every voice counts."
More Information at http://www.connectedleaners.com

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