4/12/2008 - Announcement of Horizon Project
Ten schools announce the formation of this year's Horizon Project 2008. These ten schools located in six countries around the world will merge their classrooms for a global project envisioning the future of education and society based upon the Horizon 2008 report (http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2008-Horizon-Report.pdf) created by the New Media Consortium and Educause. The classes will write a collaborative report using their wiki (http://horizonproject2008.wikispaces.com) and communicate via an educational "social" network (http://horizonproject2008.ning.com) created for this project.

Not only will this project link 247 high school students and their teachers, but it will include expert advisers, peer review classrooms, and expert judges from around the world. Don Tapscott, author of the highly acclaimed book, Wikinomics, will be delivering his keynote address to these classes via his YouTube channel. (See http://horizonproject2008.wikispaces.com/Keynote)

"We are excited about this year's project and the global awareness and technology skills it imparts to our students," said project co-founders Julie Lindsay, teacher at Qatar Academy in Doha, Qatar, and Vicki Davis, teacher at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia. "We are truly amazed at the impact that students have on the world and one another when they are linked with effective, meaningful projects with high academic standards and today's leading collaborative technologies like wikis, blogs, and educational networks."

This year's participating classes include:
  • American School of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain - Teacher: Rosalind Greehy
  • Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE) New York City, New York USA - Teacher: Madeline Brownstone and Shantanu Saha
  • The Glenbrook Academy of International Studies, Glenbrook, Illinois - Teachers: Chris Morgan and Ryan Bretag
  • Goodland High School, Goodland, Kansas USA - Teachers: Tanya Gray and Aimee Stoffel
  • Kyoto Gakuen High School, Kyoto, Japan - Teachers: Chris Flesuras and Daniel Teuber
  • Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne, Australia - Teacher, John Turner
  • Qatar Academy, Doha, Qatar - Teachers: Julie Lindsay and Sam Liberto
  • St. Joseph's College, Sydney. Australia - Teachers Gary Evans and Judy O'Connell
  • Vienna International School, Vienna, Austria - Teachers: Gordon Mathewman and Barbara Stefanics
  • Westwood Schools, Camilla, Georgia USA - Teacher: Vicki Davis

This project is part of the emerging trend in internationally-aware schools to embrace a holistic and constructivist educational approach and work collaboratively with others around the world in order to create students who are competitive and globally-minded. As a sister to the Flat Classroom Project (http://flatclassroomproject.wikispaces.com) the Horizon Project also lowers or 'flattens' the classrooms walls by emphasizing connection, communication and collaboration as well as higher-order thinking skills and problem solving.

The project managers are in the process of signing up peer review classrooms, expert advisers for teams, and post-project judges. Those interested should go to the project wiki for more information at http://horizonproject2008.wikispaces.com.

For More Information Contact: Vicki Davis (USA) at 229-336-7992 or Julie Lindsay (Qatar).