Overview of "Judging"

The aim of judging is to come up with awards for multimedia artifacts as listed on the Awards wiki page. This is to be done using the prepared rubrics in combination with an online form (in order to identify outright 'winners').

The Project in a Nutshell

How would you go about making a video with a team of people you have never met before, you may never meet face to face and using the power of the Internet? The Horizon Project has included over 200 students from 10 classrooms around the world.

Basically, students work in groups from different schools and different countries to produce content on a wiki page from which they create an individual digital artefact (video), including out-sourced video or multimedia from another student, which they embed into their team wikipage. The students have to use loads of different tools and develop amazing skills: file compression, editing, sending files, working in different time zones.....
The Horizon Project is a sister to the Flat Classroom Project, a global collaborative project founded by Vicki Davis (Westwood Schools, USA) and Julie Lindsay (Qatar Academy, Qatar) in 2006.

It uses Web 2.0 tools to facilitate communication, interaction and collaboration between students and teachers from all participating classrooms. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on 'The World is Flat' by Thomas Friedman.One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working in isolation, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom.

How does the judging work?

  • All Videos will be posted on the Master List with each video having a distinct number.
  • The master list is locked at a date to be specified -- only videos that are turned in on time on the master list will be judged.
  • We have three judges per team with 13-18 videos per team expected -- each video will be reviewed by at least two judges.
  • All judging teams are asked to fill in the online survey (to be posted in May) and determine their choices by Sunday June 1 - The password will be sent to judges via e-mail. Complete one survey per video per judge!
  • Each judge has the option to nominate a personal favorite for an award (included in the survey.) This is called your "Judges Choice" award.
  • Results are tallied and winners are announced.


Terry Freedman , our guest meta-judge, will be reviewing the best video from each of the 13 teams in order to come up with an overall winner for the Horizon Project 2008.
Terry was part of the original judging group for the very first Flat Classroom Project in 2006. We are very proud to have him come in again this time and share his expertise with teachers and students.

Who is qualified to judge?

We encourage educators interested in learning to assess higher order thinking skills to be involved. We want people who can give feedback on the methodologies employed to move towards improving our assessment of such projects.

How do I sign up to judge?

  1. Click "Join this Space" in the top left corner of this page.
  2. As you put in your information, make sure that you complete the comment box with your name, location, and the group that you would like to join. (This will send us your e-mail address and all information submitted is private.)
  3. Wait for approval - you will receive an e-mail noting your approval.
  4. Return to this page.
  5. Add your information to the topic of your choice (first to wiki it gets it! include a hyperlink to your bio)
  6. You may also want to join the Ning to get major announcements!


Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis are co-coordinating this project. Julie is primarily responsible for team assignment of judges. Vicki will handle the survey and tallies. To contact them, leave them a comment on the Ning or a private message on the Ning.

Judge Meeting May 22

The meeting in Elluminate provided an update on procedure and timeline for forthcoming judging. If you could not make the meeting we suggest you listen to the recording linked here.
Recording of meeting

List of Judges and Links to wikis

1. Grass Roots Video (GRV)

2. Collaboration Webs (CWeb)

3. Mobile Broadband (MBB)

4. Data Mashups (DM)

5. Collective Intelligence (CInt)

6. Social Operating Systems (SOS)

7. Human and Machine Communication

  • Judge 1 - Vinnie Vrotny, North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka IL US
  • Judge 2 - Atif Sattar, senior student at International School Dhaka, original Flat Classroom Project participant 2006.
  • Judge 3 - Jabiz Raisdana Intrepid Classroom

8. Collective Sharing and Generation of Knowledge

9. Games as Pedagogical Platforms (GPP)

  • Judge 1 - Tami Dean, Illinois State University; Normal, IL USA
  • Judge 2 - Richard Eagleton, All Saints' College, Bathurst, NSW, Australia
  • Judge 3 - Suzanne Tate, Heathmont College, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

10. Computing in Three Dimensions (C3D)

  • Judge 1 - Mark Spahr, Mountain View Youth Development Center, Charleston, Maine, USA. Cooked on Education Blog.
  • Judge 2 - Judy O'Connell, St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, Sydney Australia Heyjude Blog
  • Judge 3 -Barrie Becker, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts [http://www.lachsa.org]]

11. Connecting People via the Network (CPN)

12. Shifting of Content Production to Users (SCPU)

13. Evolution of a Ubiquitous Platform (EUP)