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In the last three shows we’ve been hearing about Corporate Social responsibility, different attitudes to it and how to promote it. In this show we’re going to move away from business and hear about a very special project which helps to globalize the attitudes of students of all ages.
The Flat Class project started in 2006 when two teachers, one in Bangladesh and one in the US discovered they were both studying the same book with their classes and decided that it might be fun to link their classroom discussions together.
The book was ‘The World is Flat’ by Thomas Friedman in which Friedman discusses the forces which are leveling the global playing field. The project has just grown and grown with many more classrooms involved and different topics being explored such as racism and digital identity. And now six years later the originators of the Flat Classroom Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davies have written a book to help teachers implement these global connections in their own classrooms. The book is called ‘Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds’ and I was lucky enough to be able to speak to the authors a couple of months ago when it first came out.
By the way, in the six years since this show started we have mentioned quite a number of books on this show and we have now collected them together in an Amazon store. So you will find a link to this book and all the others here. You don’t pay any more to buy them through our store and every purchase contributes a little to the running costs of the podcast so if you’re thinking of buying, consider using our new store. There is a permanent link at the top of this blog page but in the meantime you can get a sneak preview below.
See more from the video from which I took a couple of extracts here.
Our next show will be coming to you from Dr. Laurent Borgmann on October 5th so stay tuned!
The host of this show is: Anne Fox
Recordings and editing done with the help of Hindenburg Journalist Pro
2 thoughts on “absolutely intercultural 158 +++ Flat Class +++ Julie Lindsay +++ Vicki Davis +++ Thomas Friedman +++”
Anne, thank you putting together such a wonderful collage of comments and ideas from Vicki and myself and also including the voices of colleagues involved in our projects.
Just wanted you to know also, and this will be of interest to your European listeners, that our next live Flat Classroom Conference will be held in Dusseldorf, December 6-8 2012. All details on http://flatclassroomconference.com
Many thanks again.
Thanks for highlighting the Dusseldorf conference. There’s just so much going on with the Flat Class approach that boiling it down to 20 minutes inevitably means that we leave out some good stuff. It’s sort of just down the road from me even though I live in Denmark so who knows.