Flat Classroom Project 2008 Award Details


The following awards were delivered at the -

Flat Classroom Project 2008 Awards Ceremony

on Tuesday December 16, 8pm GMT

Multimedia Meta-Awards


As a culmination to the project we invited guest meta-judge, Barbara Stefanics, former Head of Information Technology at Vienna International School and pioneer 'flat classroom' teacher, to determine the best multimedia works overall from the 11 topic winners in each group.

Final comments from Barbara:
The collaborative videos addressed the topics using a range of creative approaches.
Design and Technical Quality: All of the videos used titles and cited references at the end. The choice of text (ie. font, style, size, color) needs to be carefully considered. There were instances where some minor editing would have removed some extraneous sound, softened the music so the voice could be heard, or provide better timing for the frames appearing on the screen. Students, whenever possible, should use a tripod to stabilize their footage and an external microphone to record the voice. These are two key pieces of equipment that are needed to support students in making videos. Several videos were shorter than two minutes or longer than five minutes and this was taken into consideration.
Synthesis and Construction of Ideas: Students are to be commended on their careful planning and organization. The collaborative videos were integrated well into the storyboard of the videos. Some of the footage looked quite professional. More props and visual clues were needed in videos conveying a story in order to follow the development and the roles of the actors. Videos where specific innovations are suggested should clearly indicate how the innovation works. More attention needs to be paid to giving visual clues and providing information to support the focus of the video. It is important that the audience knows exactly what is being shown in the video and is provided with adequate information. Credit for collaborative footage has to be cited more clearly in the credits at the end (i.e. title for the footage, contributor and school).
The students are to be commended for their innovative approaches, organization and final products. Overall the collection is a most ambitious and impressive collaborative effort.

Here are the top multimedia artifacts for the Flat Classroom Project 2008 -

First place

11.B.2 Heather W (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Wireless Connectivity in the Future

Second place

9.A.2 Annabelle L (Westwood, Georgia, USA): Mobile and Ubiquitous Story

Third place

7.C.2 BreAnna N (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Google With a New Twist

Honourable Mentions

(in order of topic number)
2.A.4 Catherine W (Hawkesdale, Australia): The World Wide Web
4.B.1 Olivia R (LACHSA, California, USA): Villy Vonka's Amazingly Easy Uploading Based Marketing Strategy!
6.A.2 Dallas P (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Outsourcing - What is it?
10.B.1 Travis A (Goodland, Kansas, USA): History of Communication

Multimedia Awards


These awards go to the best multimedia works. Student work will be assessed against two criteria related to the objectives of the Horizon Project. A winner, runner up, third place and honorable mention (if appropriate) has been awarded in each of the 13 major topics.
See Rubrics for details about Criterion A: Design and Technical Quality and Criterion B: Synthesis and Construction of Ideas

These awards were given by our expert panel of judges

#1 Connecting the World Online (CWO)

First - 1.B.1 Tanner O (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Connecting the World Online Using Innovation, Invention & Prediction
I thought the invention of notelauncher was a fantastic idea and could see this being a very useful tool. The pieces from outsourced clips were put together to make perfect sense. The acting was very realistic.
Fabulous idea!!! Great tool and great acting.
Second - 1.C.3 Jake K (Westwood, Georgia, USA): Bringing Awareness to Darfur
Third - 1.B.3 Ali A (Qatar Academy): My IT Stuff
HM - 1.A.5 Betsy L (MICDS, St Louis, USA): Connecting the World Through Laptops
1.A.1 Chris B (PLC, Australia): Connecting the World Online

#2 World Wide Web (WWW)

First - 2.A.4 Catherine W (Hawkesdale, Australia): The World Wide Web
This is an excellent video showing what the WWW is doing for a global society in the way of communications and medicine. You addressed the hows and whys of using the WWW to enable patients and doctors towards more efficient treatments.
This was an excellent video well planned and executed. I really enjoyed it and think you are a true movie-maker!
Second - 2.B.1 Morgan M (PLC, Australia): Election in 2050
Third - 2.B.2 Abdulmajeed H (Osama Bin Zaid, Oman): Giant Genie and WWW
- 2.A.5 Michael J (Westwood, Georgia, USA): Becoming famous using the WWW
HM - 2.A.2 Starla K (Goodland, Kansas, USA): WWW Then and Now

#3 Workflow Software (WFS)

First - 3.C.2 Amanda W (Capital HS, Montana, USA): Workflow Software
Second - 3.C.3 Kaycie E (Westwood, Georgia, USA): Darfur
Third - 3.A.2 Ellie F (PLC, Australia): Workflow Software

#4 Uploading: The Changing Shape of Information (CSI)

First - 4.B.1 Olivia R (LACHSA, California, USA): Villy Vonka's Amazingly Easy Uploading Based Marketing Strategy!
Very creative - love the Willy Wonka theme! I'm impressed at how you were able to weave together all of the major ideas in your CSI group into a themed presentation with such excellent singing! You really brought everything together and made it entertaining and enjoyable for the viewer.
Second - 4.B.2 Nadeem A (AISR, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia): Uploading
Third - 4.B.3 Hunter H (Westwood, Georgia, USA): Geocaching

#5 Web 2.0 (W20)

First - 5.C.2 Natalie D (Qatar Academy): Stop Animal Abuse
Wow! Great content transistions outsourcing and images
Excellent use of powerful images to evoke sadness at the beginning and happiness at the end. The music was well selected. Most importantly you provided clear ideas on how to get involved and hep solve the problem.
Second - 5.A.3 Josh I (Qatar Academy): Web 2.0 for US Elections
Third (tied)
- 5.B.2 Wyatt F (MICDS, St Louis, USA): Sudan Project and Web 2.0
- 5.B.1 Karla N (Spring Woods, Houston, USA): Web 2.0 and Students

#6 Globalisation and Outsourcing (G&O)

First - 6.A.2 Dallas P (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Outsourcing - What is it?
There was a good variety keeping the pace energetic and interesting! You could improve on the transitions between the graphics/music and your narration so there is not the abruptness between segments but well done on overall design/technical elements! Content is straightforward and clear reflecting a synopsis of the basics of globalization and outsourcing. The example you provided supported the definition well and was quite clever! :) You incorporated your collaborative piece well! Nice job on the video!
Second - 6.B.1 Shonna W (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Outsourcing - The next level
Third - 6.C.1 Atheel (Qatar Academy): What is Robotic Surgery?
HM - 6.C.2 Shelbi (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Medicine from Canada

#7 Google (GGL)

First - 7.C.2 BreAnna N (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Google With a New Twist
Your video was the best of the Google videos because you stuck to your topic and developed your theme. I liked that you chose a specific topic (Google Docs) and shared what it was how it had created change and personalized it for your own work by describing your collaborative effort to create a PowerPoint. You shared how you thought this would spark social change by continuing to provide connections around the world. Well done.
The video was easy to follow. You tied in the concept that Google has made a significant impact on how people can work together and that Google will no doubt be influencing our future lives. An excellent piece of work
Second - 7.A.4 John V (Westwood, Georgia, USA): Google Facts
Third - 7.A.2 Saundra (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Google Man Saves the World
HM - 7.C.3 Ashley S (Capital HS, Montana, USA): Why do People Use Google?

#8 PLEs and Social Networking (PLE&SN)

First - 8.B.2 Emily H (Hawkesdale, Australia): PLEs and SNs
I enjoyed the theme of your video 'walking down the street.' I would have liked to have seen your understanding of how this will affect society in the future - is the lack of 'walking down the street' a good or bad thing and why?
Second - 8.C.2 Patrick H (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Facebook Takes over the World
Third - 8.B.3 Yaqsan W (Eco Group, Oman): The Role of Social Networks in Saving the Environment
HM (tied)
- 8.A.1 Lauren (PLC, Australia): Mission Impossible
- 8.A.2 Brooke L (Goodland, Kansas, USA): How Facebook makes the World go Flat
- 8.B.4 Kayla C (Westwood, Georgia, USA): Social Networking

#9 Mobile and Ubiquitous (M&U)

First - 9.A.2 Annabelle L (Westwood, Georgia, USA): Mobile and Ubiquitous Story
Second - 9.C.1 Jay P (Westwood, Georgia, USA):Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
Third - 9.B.3 Bryan G (Goodland, Kansas, USA): The Future of Video Games
HM - 9.B.4 Steve R (Spring Woods, Houston, USA): The Progression of Technology

#10 Virtual Communication (VCom)

First - 10.B.1 Travis A (Goodland, Kansas, USA): History of Communication
It was well organized flowed well had great timings and transitions. The video covered the content of 'Innovation and Invention' in a creative manner that hold's the audiences attention.
This was a good video but to start talking about the history of communication and then stop at just a single mention that they can give you the internet and email is to sell the smartphone concept short. It would have also been good to talk about different trends in your different countries.
Second - 10.C.2 Laura D (MICDS, St Louis, USA) (with Richard S and Emily M): Facebook Stalker
Third - 10.C.1 Spencer L (Qatar Academy): Karys's Really Awesome Interview Show
HM - 10.A.3 Joy (Westwood, Georgia, USA): Review of iPod and iPod Touch

#11 Wireless Connectivity (WCon)

First - 11.B.2 Heather W (Goodland, Kansas, USA): Wireless Connectivity in the Future
Second - 11.A.4 Ahmed K (Qatar Academy): Usefulness of 3G
Third - 11.A.3 Alaina M (LACHSA, California, USA): Wireless Connectivity

Participating Classrooms


This is the list of schools participating in the final awards for completion of the project.
17 (PLC)
Presbyterian Ladies College Grade 10
John Turner (Australia)
6 (Haw)
Hawksdale 9/10
Anne Mirtschin (Australia)
11(SIS)
Sotogrande International School
Kathy Snow (Spain)
4 (OBZ)
Osama Bin Zaid School
Salim Al-Busaidi (Oman)
9 (AISR)
American International School Riyadh
Bruce Doig (Saudi Arabia)
22 (QA)
Qatar Academy Grade 10
Ray Jones (Qatar)
11 (MICDS)
Mary Institute St Louis County Day School
Amy Scheer (USA)
16 (WHS)
Westwood Schools
Vicki Davis (USA)
18 (GHS)
Goodland High School
Tanya Gray (USA)
10 (SHS)
Spring Woods High School
Estie Cuellar (USA)
30 (CHS)
Capital High School
Jason Neiffer (USA)
6 (LACHSA)
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Barrie Becker (USA)