Beginning February 22, seven College of Education Educational Technology Minor students will be joining the Flat Connections Global Project as Learning Concierges. The team will include Anna Baugher, Phillipia Fuqua, Kelleigh Killingsworth, Alexandria Romine, Myisha Timberlake, Daniel Whitcomb, and Samantha Williams.
The Flat Connections Global Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and high school students, typically students in grades 9 through 12 who are 14-18 years old.
The purpose of FCGP is ‘flattening’ or lowering the classroom walls to encourage students and teachers to learn how to work collectively and collaboratively in a virtual setting. The aim is for all participants to not work in isolation but to be connected throughout the journey of the project. Connections and collaborations will take place using Web 2.0 tools.
The project is designed to develop global competence, cultural understanding, and real-world skills with Web 2.0 tools for building networked learning communities and global collaboration and online learning. Intended outcomes include amplified awareness of what it means to live and work in a flat world through researching and discussing new ideas and actions for future learning.
The learning concierge is a teacher, topic expert, or researcher joining the project to influence and support students as they research and develop original content and responses to the topic and themes they are working with. Learning concierges are important to the FCGP, as they become part of the community of practice and help students further realize that learning does not take place in isolation. They are also a valuable resource and knowledge base for research skills and content; in conjunction with classroom teachers, they are vital to encourage students to think more deeply and contribute and collaborate more effectively.