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I am currently 3rd grade teacher at West Burlington Elementary School in West Burlington, Iowa. I'm in my ninth year of teaching at the same school I attended from K-12. I pursuing my Master's degree in Instructional Technology through the University of Northern Iowa and I am so excited about this adventure.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Flattening My World

Julie Lindsay gave an amazing 2 day workshop in St. Louis on Flat Classrooms. She allowed me the opportunity to attend as a virtual participant. Live video streaming through Ustream and a Backchannel chat through Chatsy, provided a feeling of actually being there. I was able to collaborate with a team on a Flat Classroom project idea and made a few connections with elementary teachers for later projects in my own classroom. I am in awe of the possibilities for connecting classrooms and the motivating learning experiences it can allow. Not only have I flattened my own world through my PLN (professional learning network), Diigo, and Web 2.0 tools, but I am so excited to provide such experiences for my students. Global learning and collaboration is at our fingers tips and all we have to do is reach out and grab it!

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