Managing In-Class Learning Experiences in Flipped Classrooms In this ongoing series focused on flipped and active-learning classrooms, we’re taking a deeper look into how to create successful learning experiences for students. We’ve examined how to encourage students to complete pre-class work, how to hold students accountable for pre-class work, and how to connect pre-class work to in-class activities. Now let’s focus on the challenge of managing the in-person learning environment. By design, flipped classrooms and active-learning environments are dynamic. 7 Awesome Pattern Backgrounds for Your Slides and How to Create Them in PowerPoint 7 Awesome Pattern Backgrounds for Your Slides and How to Create Them in PowerPoint What differentiates a professional design from an amateur design? The BIG idea or the creative idea, yes. But often, it is the focus on the SMALL details that truly give a design a professional touch. One such small detail that you can also incorporate in your presentation slides and other designs is a Pattern Background.
Keezy Share: Description: Two child-friendly music Apple apps. A sound sampler which record sounds and play them back to make interesting ‘music’, the other is drum machine. Supply your own earplugs! 8 Free Mind Map Tools & How to Best Use Them Advertisement Here’s the good news. Finally, we can be like Leonardo da Vinci’s in one small way. The new way to create flipped video in 60 seconds without adding software Use PowerPoint to make tutorial videos for flipped or blended learning Time strapped teachers need support—we all know this. Now there is a quick and easy way to create even more flexible video tutorials for your blended or flipped learning classes. The tutorials can then be watched over and over. Best of all, this solution uses PowerPoint, which many teachers are already comfortable with. Previously I’ve outlined how to create Khan Academy-style video tutorials quickly and easily (using Office Snip) in a recent article.
3 Excellent Collaborative Task Management Tools for Teachers May 27, 2016 Here are three effective educational tools we want to bring to your attention in today’s post. These are all platforms that you can use in your work as a teacher to create, organize and manage projects, collaborate with colleagues and friends on joint tasks, communicate with your team and keep track of what they are doing and many more. These tools are a great boost to your workflow and will definitely help you enhance your productivity. Also, these apps are available for multiple platforms so you can keep your work synchronized across various devices. 1- Slack Slack is an excellent realtime messaging and collaboration tool.
10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Screencast Videos “We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick Creating a video of one’s screen (screencasting) is a powerful way to demonstrate knowledge. Our students can create how-to videos to teach others how to use favorite web tools or to demonstrate a process. Students can use screencasting tools with whiteboards to show how to complete an equation, to create visual word problems, or explain a theory. Teaching others is one of the most powerful ways to learn and the first mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions. Loopy Makes It Easy to Create Animated Simulations Loopy is a free tool for creating your own animated simulations or illustrations of a concept. This free animation tool is designed to showing relationships between two or more parts of a system. It's perfect for showing cause and effect or for showing a workflow system. To create an animation on Loopy you simply have to click on the blank canvas to place a circle that represents the start of a system. Then click on the canvas again to add another element to your system animation.
An Excellent Interactive Whiteboard for Creating Tutorials for Your Students May , 2014Pixiclip is an excellent free web tool that provides users with a canvas where they can draw, sketch, narrate, and record their creations. This is an ideal whiteboard tool that you can use with your students to record explanations of processes or to create tutorials for flipped classroom materials. This interactive whiteboard allows you to upload images, draw sketches, add text, and record your voice. Pixiclip does not require you to have an account to use it but for you to save and later edit your creations you will need to register for free. 4 Tasks and 4 Tools for Creating Digital Narrative Published 5 October 2017 Nik Peachey shares some of the tools you can use to help your students tell their own exciting stories through digital media, plus fun tasks to help develop their narrative abilities further. The last decade has shown a meteoric shift from paper based publishing to digital based media. This has had a profound impact on news media, democratising it and enabling access to a much wider range of narrative, but also enabling a vastly greater cross section of the global population to start publishing their stories and making their voices heard. Increasingly these stories are not just text-based but include images, video, audio and other interactive media that can be both more engaging and more inclusive than traditional paper-based narrative. The ability to create this kind of digital narrative is now becoming a key digital skill for both teachers and students, empowering them to participate in the global information exchange.
Flipped Classroom: Beyond the Videos Last week, I read an interesting blog post by Shelley Blake-Plock titled “The Problem with TED ed.” It got me thinking about the flipped classroom model and how it is being defined. As a blended learning enthusiast, I have played with the flipped classroom model, seen presentations by inspiring educators who flip their classrooms, and even have a chapter dedicated to this topic in my book. However, I am disheartened to hear so many people describe the flipped classroom as a model where teachers must record videos or podcasts for students to view at home.