Flat Classroom Conference Qatar 2009


Draft Conference Program


Student Summit strand
Leadership Workshop strand
Day 1
(Saturday
Jan. 24)

For early international arrivals, morning sight-seeing then to QA for lunch

1-2
Conference Registration and welcome

2-3:30 pm
PLENARY - Opening
Welcome and Keynote #1

3:30-5pm
Summit organisation and focus session
Panel/workshop session
5-6pm
PLENARY
Virtual conference and 'Flat Classroom' connection opportunity #1

7:30
Official Conference dinner at Hotel

Day 2
(Sunday
Jan. 25)



8-9
PLENARY

9-12
Workshops
Panel/workshop sessions
12-1
Lunch at Qatar Academy

1-2
PLENARY
Virtual conference and 'Flat Classroom' connection opportunity #2

2-4
Workshops
Panel/workshop sessions
4-5
PLENARY

6:30-8:30
Free Time with optional tour of Corniche, dinner at Souk, cultural event
Arrangements will be made to spend time in the souk and experience local cuisine at your leisure. Transport will be arranged.

Day 3
(Monday
Jan. 26)



9-10
PLENARY
Keynote #2

10-12:30
Workshops
Panel/workshop sessions
12:30-2
PLENARY
Virtual conference and closing summit

2-4
Lunch and optional tour of Education City, back to hotels


Flat Classroom Leadership Workshop


The aim is for attending educators to workshop 'Flat Classroom' methods and strategies and be included in the student summit at various key points. The outcome is a fuller understanding of what it means to flatten your classroom and lead and/or support an international global project and pedagogical approach.

2-day workshop 'Flat Classroom Leadership Workshop - how to run a Flat Classroom Project' with these aims -
    • To promote academic excellence through the use of leading technological tools.
    • To simplify and document pedagogical best practices for such projects.
    • To duplicate successful flat classroom practices and encourage the open proliferation of such projects as a standard part of global education and digital citizenship.
    • To focus on international standards for students and teachers (focus on ISTE-created and recently revised NETS.S and NETS.T as essential models for adopting standards internationally)
    • To promote leadership skills for 21st century learning amongst participants of all ages with an increasing leadership role for students in education practice.

Workshop Outcomes
  • Enhanced understanding of 21st century skills needed and tools used for teaching and learning
  • Workshops will have plenary and break-out sessions and include both skill building with Web 2.0 tools and project management.
  • A hands-on approach is emphasized with participants encouraged to bring laptops and take advantage of the wireless network provided.


Flat Classroom Student Summit


Students internationally and locally will come together in Qatar with the purpose of learning more about how to connect, communicate, collaborate and create using Web 2.0 tools. They will be encouraged to foster interactions and to use the power of the 'flat world' to take action and make a difference to the world through enhanced cultural understanding. It is expected the skills and friendships developed at the summit will be taken back to their own schools and countries and further interactions and actions planned for the future.