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Really!? The Tsunami changed everything

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dillon B. May 21, 2009. 15 Replies


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Hawkesdale P12 College, Australia
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Hi, I am a teacher in a small rural prep to year 12 school in Australia. I teach years 2 to 12 information technology and am passionate about the use of web2.0 tools. This year I am have also got teacher professional leave together with Jess McCulloch to lay the eplanks in a virtual school (ie flat classrooms)

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Things to Do

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Hi everyone, lots of things to do this week. Please follow these instructions and work your way through the tasks:-

  • How have you found the Flat Connections Global Project so far, in just one or two words (you can add a number of answers) Click on the Answer Garden below and share your response(s):

Feelings about the Global Connections Flat Project (1 word)... at…


Flattening the Student Summits

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

School in Victoria, Australia, finishes at the end of November or early December, for students in years 10 -12. This causes some angst, as students involved in the flatclassroom project, need to be completely finished their videos etc before they leave. The pressure can be extremely high and it often means that the final tidying up and reflections are not completed.

It also presents problems for participation in the student summits where they publicly reflect on their involvement in this… Continue

What AM I doing here again!

Posted on November 27, 2009 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

As the flat classroom projects enter the final weeks, levels of anxiety start to run rather high amongst the student body – anger, frustration, confusion, indecision, lack of understanding, complacency are many of the emotions and feelings that run high at this stage.

So, as a teacher I need to coax, cajole, coach, encourage, teach all over again, explain, facilitate, survive etc to keep the project’s momentum going.

Some students

•get angry when a wiki war means that they have… Continue

Are you bewildered with starting a flatclassroom project?

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 12:30am 1 Comment

My year 12 class had been studying virtual teams as part of their theory work, when I noticed on twitter that students were required to be part of the sounding board process for the Flat Horizons Project. What better way to learn the theory than to practise it! That was my introduction to the Flat Classroom Projects and both the students and I were hooked!

Since that time, my classes have been involved in three flat classroom projects,… Continue

Using elluminate in the 21st century classroom

Posted on September 7, 2009 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

Over the past 18 months I have used elluminate to attend professional development sessions in the USA. I live in a small town in country Victoria, Australia where cost and distance prevent me from attending many professional development activities. Elluminate has allowed me to attend online meetings with other global staff for the flatclassroom projects, including the netgened and digiteen… Continue

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At 11:01am on June 16, 2010, Karishma J said…
Hi Ms. Mirtschin. I would just like to thank you for the wonderful comment you posted on my page. I really appreciate it! Thanks and have a great day.
-Karishma J
At 4:01am on December 22, 2009, Abdulmajeed said…


How are you>>?

I miss you>>?

and haw are your students>>>?

and what of your life>>?

your son

AbdulMajeed Al-Hashmi
At 1:04am on August 3, 2009, Mark Powell said…
Thanks, Anne. Montessori is a method of teaching based on the work of Dr Maria Montessori, an Italian physician who lived from 1870 to 1952. It's goal is encouraging independence in children rather than the transfer of curriculum, which happens more as a by-product. Hands-on learning, mixed-age classes and child-sized furniture were among Montessori's innovations. A good website for more info is

I teach in California, but I am originally from Brisbane. I'm really interested in connecting my classes with classrooms in Australia especially, but have had lots of difficulty finding partner classrooms in the past. I hope this will work better.
At 6:03pm on June 1, 2009, Flick said…
how are you.
missing you much.
cant wait till you get back =]
At 8:00am on March 12, 2009, Julie Pavletich said…
Hi Anne. thanks for the tip. I stumbeledon that ning yesterday and watched the video. i'll love the notion of provoking the students into discussion. A couple sounded a bit defensive and misunderstood in terms of how they learn in this environment. It is such an insight into their world read their comments. Keep up your great work - it's so important.
At 9:25pm on March 5, 2009, Abdulmajeed said…
Hi my lovely teacher, thank you so much for your lovely message. I am doing well in my studies and all my friends are fine. Oh, I am very sad to hear this bad news. I hope you and your student are well. I have test on Sunday and Monday. What about my friends Tara and Carly? Please give my best regards to them. Can you help me to improve my English?
Best wishes for you. I am waiting to hear from you soon.

sorry about my English

Your son
AbdulMajeed Al-hashmi
At 6:59am on March 5, 2009, Abdulmajeed said…

How are you?

What the news of school?

i mis you

see you
At 2:20pm on January 21, 2009, Flick said…
hello how are you going?

um how can i communicate with you
At 11:40am on December 16, 2008, Kim Cofino said…
Hi Anne,

It was such a pleasure for our students to Skype with your wonderful girls! Not only did they have all of their thoughtful questions answered, but they got a fabulous introduction to Australia and Australian culture!

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day (and lunch!) to chat with us!

At 5:54pm on December 12, 2008,
Thanks Anne,
Flat Classroom Project is a wonderful experience for us as teachers and for our students.
Yes, we will attend the conference in Qatar. Hope to meet you there.


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