Overview of structure and Web 2.0 tools
Last updated June 2007
This overview is available for download in PDF format:
See also 'In the News' and 'In Review'

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Vicki Davis: http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com
Julie Lindsay: http://123elearning.blogspot.com
Flat Classroom Project
Horizon Project
Classes involved
International School Dhaka, Bangladesh (Julie Lindsay) Grade 11 Information Technology in a Global Society
Westwood Schools, Camilla, GA (Vicki Davis) Grade 10 Introduction to Computer Science
Bangladesh - International School Dhaka, (Julie Lindsay) Grade Information Technology in a Global Society 11
USA - Westwood Schools, Camilla, GA (Vicki Davis) Grade 10 Introduction to Computer Science
Austria - Vienna International School (Vienna) Grade 11 Information Technology in a Global Society (Barbara Stefanics)
Australia - Presbyterian Ladies College (Melbourne) Grade 10 Digital Innovation (John Turner)
China - Shanghai American School (Shanghai) Media Literacy (Ed Kidd)
Number of students
23 in total from 2 classrooms
58 in total from 5 classrooms
Peer review classrooms
No formal peer review
Peer reviews from classrooms in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia
Class specific, authentic assessment
Main Project – http://horizonproject.wikispaces.com/HP+Rubrics
Peer Review Examples:
Trends studied
Connecting the World Online
How the World Wide Web has Changed the World
How Work Flow Software can Enhance Productivity and Communications
Why we should be promoting Web 2.0 tools for sharing information.
Globalization and Outsourcing
Google Takes Over the World
The Changing Shape of Information - PLE's and Social Networking
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
Virtual Communications
Wireless Connectivity

Source: The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman
User-Created Content
Social Networking
Mobile Phones
Virtual Worlds
New Scholarship and Emerging Forms of Publication
Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming
Source: Horizon Report 2007 Edition, by the New Media Consortium and Educause
Areas of Impact Analyzed:
Business and Employment
Politics and Government
Arts, Entertainment and Leisure
Science and the Environment
Educational community involvement
Four international judges
A social networking NING group of about 35 educators collaborating on most aspects of the project
http://horizonproject.ning.com (a private Ning)
Tools used
(Web 2.0)
Over the two projects a variety of Web 2.0 tools were used. The right column indicates new additions for the Horizon Project.
· Blogs: Blogger.com, Eduspaces.net
· Wikis – Discussion Tab to talk, RSS subscribtions, embedding multimedia
· Youtube, TeacherTube – Videos uploaded online
· Skype to bring experts into class
· Delicious – Social bookmarking
· Bloglines – for RSS
· Google Notebook – to track sources to cite.
· Evoca – to record and post introductions
· Facebook and Myspace to connect and talk abut the project
· Firefox and live bookmarks to keep track of things
· Windows Movie Maker/ PhotoStory/ Audacity
· Meebo – the project managers kept office hours.
· Flickr – to share photos
CamStudio – to create sceencasts
· Twitter – help them see what the other is doing
· Second Life
· Xbox Live (captured film and uploaded to YouTube MMG)
· SlideShare – to share slideshows
· Elluminate (synchronous Communications) – At the end, make a presentation together and chatted – also for the awards show.
· Grazr widget to pull RSS tags as appropriate
· Clustrmap to show what countries people were from
· Airset – set it up so we were each in our time zone and could schedule meetings with each other and see when the others were in the classroom. Used it to find when we were in class at the same time.
· Gtalk, Skypechat
· Pretty May to record skype conversations
· Logitech QuickCams w/ avatars
Macromedia Flash animations – PhotoShop, Adobe products