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Challenge 15

The Flat Classroom 15 Challenges were an eye opening experience for me.  I have learned how global collaboration can take students far beyond the four walls of a classroom.  I have used technology that I didn't know was available.

My favorite challenges were the last two that several classmates worked together on.  It was a great experience to work with people I have never seen or talked to face to face.  We worked well together.  Everyone had input and completed the projects on…


Added by Lori Thomas on April 14, 2013 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Challenge 14

Challenge-Based Professional Development:  Challenge 14

Added by Lori Thomas on April 7, 2013 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Challenge 13

Several from our class worked together on this challenge.  I have never met any of the people I worked with personally but we made a great team.  Everybody added to the project and it came together really well.  Thanks to each of you for allowing me to be a part of this project.  You can see it at: Challenge 13.

Added by Lori Thomas on March 26, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Challenge 12

Chapter 9 essential questions:  Ch%209%20essential%20questions.docx

I made an acrostic poem to summarize what I have learned in Flattening Classrooms. 

Check it out at:  Challenge%2012.pptx

Added by Lori Thomas on March 17, 2013 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Challenge 11

Standards have been added for the challenge 10 project.  You can see it at Challenge 10.

Added by Lori Thomas on March 9, 2013 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Challenge 10

Kathryn Lewter and I worked together on this project.  She teaches 4th grade and I teach 1st.  It worked well for both classes.  You can view it at my Wikispace at:  Challenge 10 -go to Projects and then Pages for directions or  challenge%2010.docx.

Added by Lori Thomas on March 2, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Challenge 9

This rubric was used to assess the 1st Grade Kite Project.  kite%20project%20assessment.docx

It can also be found at:  Wikispaces

Added by Lori Thomas on February 24, 2013 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Challenge 8

Kathryn Lewter and I worked together on this project.  I divided my 1st grade class into three groups.  They had to work collaboratively within their group to construct a kite.  Parents were allowed to help. 

Check out our link at:  Challenge 8

Go to Pages and Files to find each groups work.

Added by Lori Thomas on February 24, 2013 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Challenge 7

     Having students be mentors for teachers is not really a new idea.  If you think about it our students probably teach us something new every day just as we teach them.  As for digital citizenship students are usually far ahead of teachers where technology is concerned.  They can teach us how to keep track of students through Twitter, Face book, Blogs, etc.  By learning from mistakes they have already made on cyberspace they can help teachers and other students not make the same…


Added by Lori Thomas on February 16, 2013 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Challenge 6

I created a Wiki space and added a project for my 1st Grade class.  Only a few students in my class have home computers so response may be limited.  Check it out at:

Added by Lori Thomas on February 16, 2013 at 11:40pm — No Comments

Challenge 4 & Bonus

The Educator's PLN can be used as asynchronous communication by using a blog but can also be used as synchronous communication by talking to members online.


I added a calendar to notify me of important dates in Google Docs.

Added by Lori Thomas on February 10, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Challenge 5

I work at a school that houses the severely disabled students for the entire county.  We talk to our regular education students to prepare them for what they may see or hear.  The younger special needs classes are in the same building we are in so we share the hall, go to lunch together, and attend Music, Art, and the Library together.

I have found an eBook that can be read on a Kindle, Nook, I pad,  or any other e reader device.  The name of the book is "Cougar Cub Tales:  I'm Just…


Added by Lori Thomas on February 10, 2013 at 12:05am — No Comments


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