One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the
classroom walls so that instead of each class working isolated and
alone, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large
classroom. The project is designed to develop cultural understanding,
skills with Web 2.0 and other software, experience in global
collaboration and online learning, awareness of what it means to live
and work in a flat world, while researching and discussing the ideas
developed in Friedman's book. Projects are constructed with an
international set of classrooms (as mixed as we can make it depending
on applications). Students also have the chance to interact with
expert advisers and other classroom teachers and sounding board
classrooms in a true flattened learning mode.

The foundation of the Flat Classroom comes from two books written in
approx. 2005. You will take some time to learn about these books to
set the stage for this project.

Assignment 1: Daniel H. Pink’s A Whole New Mind


1. Create a section in your Investigate section of your Flat Classroom
Wiki called Pre- Reading.
2. Use the internet, the library, teachers, parents or any other
resources available to you to learn about the concept of “Six Senses”
from this book.
3. Write a brief summary of the content of this book (and note the
source of the information)
4. List the “Six Senses” and write a summary of each one.
5. Write a paragraph (in your own words) about the “Conceptual Age”
and how it impact your future.
6. Post this information on your wiki under Pre-Reading Assignment 1


Assignment 2: Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat


1. Use the internet, the library, teachers, parents or any other
resources available to you to learn about the main or significant
concepts from this book.
2. Write a brief summary of the content of this book (and note the
source of the information)
3. Find information about the following topics in this book and write
a short summary of each:
• Outsourcing
• Insourcing
• Workflow software
• In-forming
• “The Steriods”
4. Write a paragraph (in your own words) about why this project is
called Flat Classroom.
5. Post this information on your wiki under Pre-Reading Assignment 2

Preview artifacts from past projects

Open the following link and review one project from each of the
categories:
A. The Story
B. Innovation, Invention and Prediction
C. Social Entrepreneurship
D. First Person Narrative
E. Group Stories (Symphony)

http://flatclassroom09-3.flatclassroomproject.org/CWO+Videos

Write a brief summary - Include: Name of project, country of origin
and two things you thought were interesting.

Post this in your Pre-reading wiki.