Flat Classroom Project 2009-3 Awards


The following awards will be delivered at the -

Flat Classroom Project 2009-3 Awards Ceremony

Date: December 11, 2009
Time: 1:30pm GMT, 9:30pm China, 8:30am EST
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Awards Slideshow



Multimedia Meta-Awards


These go to the best multimedia works overall from the 11 topic winners in each group.

About our Meta-judge:
Barbara Stefanics is a Flat Classroom Advisor and pioneer with the Digiteen Project. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, an International Baccalaureate leader and consultant and has been recognised globally for her work in education. You can read more about Barbara on her portfolio.

Final comments from Barbara Stefanics:
The collection this year of multimedia artifacts demonstrated the commitment and creativity of the students involved in the Flat Classroom Project 2009-3. Because of the diversity and range of design, structure and content in the themes The Story, Innovation, Invention, and Prediction, Social Entrepreneurship, First Person Narrative or Group Stories (Symphony), each video was viewed several times in comparison to each other.

It was also important to determine to what extend each multimedia artifact was also able to effectively share original content about the topics that were researched and analyzed. This included the value of the content and whether the best supporting media was selected to deliver that content. This included
  • the quality and appropriateness of images
  • choice of music and sound effects
  • quality of the recording for the narrating voice or interviews
  • the choice of font characteristics for titles, text and and citing resources at the end
  • the quality of the video (i.e. angle of shots, setting, lighting, editing and related factors)
  • the extent to which background actions contributed or detracted from the video.

Design and Technical Quality:
There were many multimedia artifacts which fell within the very good to excellent range. Consequently, by the nature of the first judging within topics it was possible that a second place multimedia artifact in one category was of higher quality than a first place in another. The final judging is based on the first, second, third and honorable mentions across all categories.

There was clear evidence that multimedia tools are used effectively in sections of videos. However, it is challenging to create a storyboard with a creative consistent approach to deliver the main idea(s) of the topic. At times the choice of music over-powered the narration or seemed totally unrelated to the there of the multimedia artifact. Some students achieved narration that was exceptionally clear with no distortion of sound. This could be contributed to the use of adding sound tracks later to images using a microphone. The biggest areas where sound needs to be improved is in instances where persons are talking in big open areas. A small test clip should be taken to see if the voice is recording well before a longer recording is made.

Images, video clips and other multimedia seemed to be edited to improve the impact of the artifact. However, where interviews were used, students need to be more selective and not allow longer interviews to dominate their video. The interview content needs to be effectively integrated into the video.

The students seem to have developed good techniques for recording their video so that the video was not influenced by the students physical movement with the camera. This could be possibly contributed to more tripods being used. However, students really must look through the lens and see what actions are taking place in the background of their video that they are shooting. Generally special effects and transitions are used appropriately to enhance the final message. The length of the videos to less than 5 minutes and content that lasts over 1 minute was observed. However, the most effective videos were less than 5 minutes.

Synthesis and Construction of Ideas:
The storyboards for the multimedia artifactws showed evidence of a systematic selection and synthesis of information from the wiki page. Creating an effective introduction and a logically structured progression of topics or story seemed to be a challenge. The artifacts did successfully addresses the theme of 'story', 'innovation, invention and prediction', 'social entrepreneurship', 'first person narrative' or 'group stories' and carefully exposes the topic. Collaboration is evident from the inclusion of content from more than one country/class and must be cited at the end of the video. Some students found clever ways of indicating collaborative video clips within the video itself. Most students understood the importance of providing full and correct credit to all people and sources of information.

First Place

Student and multimedia information (taken from Master LIst of Videos)
Title of video:
2.B.3 The World Wide Web - MollyA-HHS

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Second Place

Student and multimedia information (taken from Master LIst of Videos)
Title of video(s) for the tie for second place:
4.B.2 "Uploading" -Melissa D Academy of Allied Health and Science

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and
9.C.1 - The Green Machine - Miller S.- Westwood Schools

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Third Place

Student and multimedia information (taken from Master LIst of Videos)
Title of video:
10.A.2 Virtual Communication - CraigM_CVA


Honourable Mentions

Student and multimedia information (taken from Master LIst of Videos)
Title of video:
1.B.2 Life of a teenager in 2030 Annie Chen Beijing BISS International School

Title of video:
3.D.2 Celien's Workflow Software movie Celien_ISD

Title of video:
Third: 7.D.1 Google Life! Brandon S. Chs

Multimedia Awards


These awards go to the best multimedia works. Student work will be assessed against two criteria related to the objectives of the Flat Classroom Project. A winner, runner up, third place and honorable mention (if appropriate) has been awarded in each of the 13 major topics.
See Rubrics (hyperlink to Rubrics wiki for current project) 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 (hyperlink to Judges wiki for current project)
(for each award add multimedia #, Student hyperlinked ot Ning profile, and video title)

#1 Connecting the World Online (CWO)

First: Equal first! - 1.B.2 Life of a teenager in 2030 Annie Chen Beijing BISS International School AND 1.C.1 Technology with Virginia- Virginia V. Westwood Schools
Second: 1.B.1- Connecting the World Online with Agriculture-Austin M. Westwood Schools
Third: 1.E.1 NewsPaperCrime!-Alic.P Beijing BISS International School
HM: 1.E.3 Connecting the World Online - Chris B. - CHS

#2 World Wide Web (WWW)

First: 2.B.3 The World Wide Web - MollyA-HHS
Second: 2.C.2 How the Internet Affects Employment Winona R Academy of Allied Health and Science
Third: 2.A.2 world-wide-web-the-storyEnidV_ISD
HM: 2.E.2 World Wide Web HankP_CVA

#3 Workflow Software (WFS)

First: 3.D.2 Celien's Workflow Software movie Celien_ISD
Second: 3.E.1 Workflow Software Matt H Hawkesdale P12 College
Third: 3.A.1 - What is Workflow Software? - Alex D Academy of Allied Health and Science
HM: 3.E.2 Workflow Software Brian C Academy of Allied Health and Science

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

First: 4.B.1 "Penny For Your Thoughts"- Daniel H. Westwood Schools
Second: 4.B.2 "Uploading" -Melissa D Academy of Allied Health and Science
Third: 4.A.1 Uploading: The Story Ashley R Academy Of Allied Health and Science
HM: 4.D.1 Uploading and how it affects any individual - Glenn F. - BISS China

#5 Web 2.0 (W20)

First: 5.C.1- Web 2.0 and Global Issues- Kaden B. AAHS
Second: 5.B.1 - Evolving Your Eye - Kunjan P. Westwood Schools
Third: 5.D.2 Web 2.0 - Danielle G. - AAHS
HM:

#6 Globalisation and Outsourcing (G&O)

First: 6.C.1 Let's Solve Environmental Issues by Globalization and Outsourcing - Hikaru Taniyama. BISS China
Second: 6.A.3 Globalization - Reed D_CVA
Third: 6.A.1 Globalization and Outsourcing - Darren Y. Academy of Allied Health and Science
HM:

#7 Google (GGL)

First: 7.C.2 - Google: Affecting Employment - Julian H. Academy of Allied Health and Sciences
Second: 7.B.3 - Google your Life - Toni C - BISS China
Third: 7.D.1 Google Life! Brandon S. Chs
HM: 7.B.2 - Google Today and Tomorrow - Erika L AAHS

#8 PLEs and Social Networking (PLE&SN)

First: 8.B.1 Social Networking and PLE's in Education Cristina N Academy of Allied Health and Science
Second: 8.C.2 PLE's and Social Networking in Health/Government Issue-Seun-Ku K Academy of Allied Health and Science
Third: (Equal) 8.D.2 Social Networking and the Arts Jason L. Academy of Allied Health and Science and 8.D.3 Henry's PLEsHenry Biss China
HM:

#9 Mobile and Ubiquitous (M&U)

First: 9.C.1 - The Green Machine - Miller S.- Westwood Schools
Second: 9.A.2 Mobile and Ubiquitious computing - Welcome to the future. Nitish Joshi ( BISS )
Third: 9.D.1 Mobile and Ubiquitous: Arts, Entertainment, and Leisure: Sarah's Story - Samantha N.- AAHS
HM:

#10 Virtual Communication (VCom)

First: 10.B.1 Virtual Communication-Janet T. BISS in China
Second: 10.A.2 Virtual Communication - CraigM_CVA
Third: 10.D.3 Flat Classroom Around the World- Jordan B. Westwood Schools
HM:

#11 Wireless Connectivity (WCon)

First: 11.D.1 - Let's Connect Wirelessly - Christian P - AAHS
Second: 11.B.2 Wireless Connectivity -Maya R AAHS
Third: 11.C.1 - Dangerously Connected Trent H- Westwood Schools
HM:

Participating Classrooms


These classrooms submitted videos for the final judging section of this project
BI
BISS
Julie Lindsay (China)
HC
Hawskesdale K12 College
Anne Mirtschin (A ustralia)
AH
Academy of Allied Health & Science
Brian McLaughlin (USA)
CV
Carrabassett Valley Academy
Eric Chamberlin (USA)
HP
Hopkinton High School
Fred Haas (USA)
CHS
Citrus High School
Jerry Swiatek (USA)
ISD
International School of Düsseldorf e.V
Patrick D/Arcy
WS
Westwood Schools
Vicki Davis (USA)