Wednesday Sept. 15
Beginning the Project!
You have 2 tasks for today:

Step 1: After acquainting yourself with the topics from the project wiki
choose a "flattener" and sub-category that will be the focus of your research and final video.
view the FC Project Wiki Topic Description Page

Step 2: Join the Project Ning

Thursday, Sept. 16

You have several tasks today:
Step 1: Join the Flat Classroom Wikispace

Step 2: Join your Flat Classrom Group 10-3B

Step 3: Join the ISA Group on the Flat Classroom Ning
Step 4:. Write an "About Me" paragraph on your profile page "My Page" on the
FCP Ning
(include hyperlinks)
Step 5. Write a blog post introducing yourself to the Flat Classroom Community (include hyperlinks)
Step 6:. Tag your blog post with: ISA, FCP 10-3, and any other key words (such as your research topic) as appropriate
Step 7:. Add a status update to the
FCP Ning
Step *. Start or contribute to a discussion in the ISA Group or to the general Student Discussions

Friday, September 16th

Step 1: Go to our FCP Wiki Group Flat Classrom Group 10-3B for your group. Read over the outline to see what you and all the other students researching that particular "flattener" are going to be filling in together.

Step 2: On your topic page List your name and link to your ning profile at the bottom of the Topic page under "Team Members".
Step 3. Find the Group page for your team (for example, 1A, 2B, 3C, etc.)Read over the outline to see what you and the other 4 or 5 students in your team are going to be creating together.
Step 4. Check out the last two Flat Classroom Projects (FCP 10-1 and FCP 10-2) - look at what the team for your same topic group created and begin to think of ways you can build on and add to their work

Step 5:. Check-in: ask questions and brainstorm together - what do we need to learn how to do in order to be successful in this project?

Monday, September 20th

Triple Check the Ning

Step OneRead about Citing Personal Information on the Flat Classroom Projects Help Wiki
Check your Ning profile ("My Page") and remove your last name if needed.
1. Edit the banner at the top
2. Click "Settings"-->"Profile" and change your Full Name
3. Click "My Page" and change your Address
Note: If you change your profile name, it changes the URL for your profile page, so now you need to correct the hyperlink you made on your
Topic page on the Flat Classrom Group 10-3B

Step Two

Learn about the rest of your settings and controls on the FCP Ning
Friend request Ms. Allen - that's so she can email you through the ning and also feel like she has friends.
Please "friend" all your ISA classmates - the easiest way to find them is via the ISA group - click "View all" under Members.
Check your Ning Privacy Settings - leave your Visibility viewable by anyone; change your Moderation and Latest Activity settings if you wish.
Check your Email Settings and adjust to your preferences.

Step Three

Check the profile page of the person sitting on your right.
  • Does s/he have an "About Me" paragraph? (This should be in the Text Box, not a Blog Post.)
  • Does s/he have at least one Blog Post? Is it tagged with ISA and other relevant keywords?
  • Has s/he started or participated in at least one Discussion?
  • Has s/he posted at least one status update?

Add a friendly reminder about any missing items as a comment to your classmate's wall.
Once you've completed your missing tasks, you can delete the comment from your wall :)

Tuesday, September 21st

Check the Ning
FCP Ning to see if anyone has left you a message (teammates)
Check the Project wiki to see if anything has been added to your project page Flat Classrom Group 10-3B
Re-read about your project topics including your "flattener" on the project wiki.

Watch part of Thomas Friedman's
**talk** about The World is Flat on MIT World: Distributed Intelligence (begin @ 15:45)
Read about The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Part One
Have you checked the Ning today?
Do you have any new teammates? Look on your topic page on the wiki.
Part Two
Finish watching a few more minutes of Friedman's talk
Continue taking notes with your partner in your Google Doc
Create a group in your Contacts for this class; include Ms. Moorman: hmoorm(at)neisd(dot)net
Share your notes to the class - decide whether you want us to be able to edit or just view
Part Three - It's Up To You
Make sure you have completed all the checklists from Monday and Tuesday
Watch Friedman's original MIT talk about The World is Flat (if you fast forward through the opening, you'll find different examples from the ones we heard in the heard in the 2008 talk; his discussion of the flatteners begins about 19 min in)

Thursday, Sept.23

Each student will read excerpts from the World is Flat regarding their topic or "flattner." Students will make notes in a shared google doc about their topic keywords and possible research questions.
Group 1 and 2: The New Age of Connectivity
Flattener #2, p 60-77
The second flattener is identified as our ability to not only author our own content, but to send it worldwide with the 1995 launch of the Internet. Netscape and the Web broadened the audience for the Internet from its roots as a communications medium used primarily by 'early adopters and geeks' to something that made the Internet accessible to everyone from five-year-olds to eighty-five-year olds. (8/9/1995)
Group 3: Work Flow Software
Flattener #3, p 77-93
Free workflow software was developed, allowing people from around the world to collaborate and work together on projects using a shared medium. The ability of machines to talk to other machines with no humans involved
Group 4 and 5: Uploading
(Harnessing the Power of Communities)
Flattener #4, p 93-126
Communities uploading and collaborating on online projects. Examples include open source software, blogs, and Wikipedia
Group 6: Outsourcing
Flattener #5, p 126-136
Outsourcing has allowed companies to split service and manufacturing activities into components, with each component performed in most efficient, cost-effective way.
Group 7 and 8: In-forming
(Google, Yahoo!, MSN Web Search)
Flattener #9, p 176-185
Google and other search engines are the prime example. "Never before in the history of the planet have so many people-on their own-had the ability to find so much information about so many things and about so many other people", writes Friedman.
Group 9, 10, 11: The Steroids
(Digital, Mobile, Personal and Virtual)
Flattener #10, p 185-199
Personal digital devices like mobile phones, iPods, personal digital assistants, instant messaging, and voice over IP

Friday, September 24th 2010

Sign in to the FCP Ning see if anyone has left you a message or added anything to the Ning.
Sign in to the Student Google and pull up the Shared Google Doc- finish reading about your flattner and making notes on the shared google doc.

The second half of class will be spent beginning the story-boarding process for our video introductions
How many storyboard panels do you think it took to plan out this video? Human Tetris-Complex Storyboarding

Examples of Complete Storyboards
Sample clips from Monsters Inc and Pirates of the Caribbean (DVD bonus material includes storyboard scenes)
Animatics Storyboards

Examples of blank storyboards
Digital Arts Alliance Storyboard
Location Lockdown Storyboards
Show Me A Movie Storyboard
Jason Ohler Storyboard

Monday, September 27th 2010

Planning our introduction video-acquiring cc licensed music for filming on Tuesday

Tuesday, September 28th 2010

Filming our video introduction and uploading for editing-movie maker?