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The truth about flipped learning. By Aaron Sams and Brian Bennett Read more by Contributor May 31st, 2012 Ultimately, flipped learning is not about flipping the “when and where” instruction is delivered; it’s about flipping the attention away from the teacher and toward the learner.

The truth about flipped learning

A flipped classroom is all about watching videos at home and then doing worksheets in class, right? Wrong! Consider carefully the assumptions and sources behind this oversimplified description. Is this the definition promoted by practitioners of flipped classrooms, or sound bites gleaned from short news articles? Many assumptions and misconceptions around the flipped class concept are circulating in educational and popular media. Assumption: Videos have to be assigned as homework. Although video is often used by teachers who flip their class, it is not a prerequisite, and by no means must a video be assigned as homework each night.

Resulting misconception: Videos are just recorded lectures. Connected Learning Research Network. "Connected Learning" Connected Learning: Designed to ‘mine the new social, digital domain’ SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Citing an ever-widening gap between in-school and out-of-school learning experiences, a team of researchers today introduced a model of learning -- ‘connected learning’ -- that taps into the rich new world of information, knowledge, and online collaboration available to youth and learners.

"Connected Learning"

The connected learning model, which is anchored in a large body of research on how youth are using social media, the internet and digital media to learn and develop expertise, also seeks to respond to deepening fears of a class-based “equity” gap in education that, without intervention, is likely to be accelerated by disproportionate access to technology and new forms of knowledge sharing. Interest-powered...Research has repeatedly shown that when a subject is personally interesting and relevant, learners achieve much higher-order learning outcomes. ...and the embrace of three key design principles: S. Khan Academy: Learning Habits vs. Content Delivery in STEM Education. Email Share March 20, 2012 - by Guest Author 0 Email Share. Hyping classroom technology helps tech firms, not students. Something sounded familiar last week when I heard U.S.

Hyping classroom technology helps tech firms, not students

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski make a huge pitch for infusing digital technology into America's classrooms. Every schoolchild should have a laptop, they said. Because in the near future, textbooks will be a thing of the past. Where had I heard that before? So I did a bit of research, and found it. The revolutionary technology being heralded in that statement wasn't the Internet or the laptop, but the motion picture. Let the Games Begin: Entertainment Meets Education. Video games, once confiscated in class, are now a key teaching tool -- if they're done right. Credit: Thomas Reis Kurt Squire knew something unusual was happening in his after-school Western civ program.

His normally lackluster middle and high school students, who'd failed the course once already, were coming to class armed with strategies to topple colonial dictators. Heated debates were erupting over the impact of germs on national economies. Kids who didn't know Pompeii from Plymouth Rock were suddenly mapping out the borders of the early Roman Empire. His secret? Kids are not ambivalent when it comes to video games: They love them. Video Games Win a Beachhead in the Classroom. Does this educational approach actually work? And is it something that can, or should, find its way into schools in other parts of the country? As we fret about the perils of multitasking and digital distraction in adult life, the question arises: should a school provide practice with or relief from those things? It is still too early to say. Closing the Loop in Education Technology. Ed Tech Trends | Research Closing the Loop in Education Technology K-12 education isn't using technology effectively and isn't investing nearly enough in IT infrastructure to enable next-generation learning.

Closing the Loop in Education Technology

That's the conclusion of a new report, "Unleashing the Potential of Technology in Education," which called for a greater financial commitment to education technology and the adoption of a holistic, "closed loop" approach to its implementation. Investment in Ed Tech The report, released this month by business strategy firm Boston Consulting Group, pointed to an analysis by market research firm Gartner showing that K-12 spending on technology was just 1.6 percent of overall spending--or about $9.2 billion in 2010--compared with sectors like professional services and healthcare that are devoting up to 6 percent of their spending on technology annually.

"The education sector continues to devote a far lower proportion of its spending on technology than do other sectors. Bringing Teachers Onboard with Tech. Technology Trends | Q&A Bringing Teachers Onboard with Tech Ed tech adoption isn't about forcing new technologies on teachers or wearing them down in an effort to obtain grudging "buy in.

Bringing Teachers Onboard with Tech

" On the contrary. In order for any technology-centered education initiative to have meaningful results, according to Rushton Hurley, it has to be born of a spirit of collegiality, teamwork, and openness. And, he said, it doesn't hurt to give teachers some time share their successes with one another. Hurley heads up Next Vista for Learning, a project that provides free online media for educators and offers training on the use of video content in the classroom.

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