background preloader

Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the Classroom
4/27/2012 By: Teachers from around the world have adopted the flipped classroom model and are using it to teach a variety of courses to students of all ages. In the excerpt below from the book, Flip Your Classroom (©2012, ISTE® International Society for Technology in Education and ASCD), authors Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams outline reasons why educators should consider this model. Flipping speaks the language of today’s students. Flipping helps busy students. Flipping helps struggling students. Flipping helps students of all abilities to excel. Flipping allows students to pause and rewind their teacher. Flipping increases student–teacher interaction. Flipping changes classroom management. Flipping educates parents. Flipping makes your class transparent. Flipping is a great technique for absent teachers. Flipping can lead to the flipped-mastery program. VIDEO TIP: MAKING A ONE-TAKE VIDEO By Michael Gorman Assign the Groups In the spirit of PBL, students should be divided into groups.

50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom | Teaching Written By: Jillian Terry Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus. With Skype, students can learn from other students, connect with other cultures, and expand their knowledge in amazing ways. Teachers and parents can also benefit from Skype in the classroom. Promoting Education These great ideas are all about teaching students in dynamic ways. See Me, Hear Me: Skype in the Classroom. Promoting Community Using Skype in the classroom can promote communities within a school or globally. Inclusion — helping a classmate join the classroom from home. Skype Ideas for Teachers and Parents Teachers and parents can benefit from Skype in the classroom, too. Professional development. Resources for Getting Started and Using Skype Find out how you can take advantage of Skype with the advice below. Using Skype in the Classroom (or just learning how to use it!). Finding Others Using Skype ePALS.

20 Types of Tablet Tools for Teaching UPDATED on October 1, 2012 In May 2011, after a year of experimentation, I became sold on the idea of using a tablet instead of a laptop as my primary mobile computer. It was my turn for a workstation update, and I chose a desktop. I have thought a lot about which tablet apps are most likely to be useful to a college teacher. Under each category I name specific titles for iPad and Android which you may want to explore as good examples. I generally do not use a phone connection. Teaching This first group of tools is the one most directly connected to the act of teaching. Grade Book – iPad: Gradekeeper ($5), Gradebook Pro ($4), Android: Grade Book, AndroClass ($7)Annotation – mark up student-submitted PDF files with highlights, text and drawings. Content Use your tablet as a tool for course readings or to create materials for class. e-Reader – there are many reading apps. Presentation Plug your tablet into the classroom projector and off you go! Generic More tablet articles on this blog Related

QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are just barcodes. There is nothing fancy about them. Just like the grocery store clerk uses barcodes to look up the product and scan the price into the computer, your mobile device or computer can look up QR codes to: take you to a website, read some text, give you a phone number, or generate a text message. QR Codes in the Classroom For the classroom teacher, they are valuable for three reasons: They can save us time.They can save paper.They provide a link to mobile devices that help students do their homework and follow along. This Post. Preparing the Teacher to Use QR Codes The first step of a teaching journey is to embark on learning it yourself. Step 1 Get Your Mobile Device Ready: Download a Free QR Code Reader On my ipod Touch, the fast, free i-Nigma 4 QR code reader is the most robust of the five or six tested. Step 2: Get Your Computer Ready. You are ready. Common QR Code Problems Readers Step 3: The Lesson Start the lesson with a simple statement.

Teaching About Explorelearning ExploreLearning® is a Charlottesville, VA based company that develops online solutions to improve student learning in math and science. ExploreLearning products: ExploreLearning Gizmos®, the world's largest library of interactive online simulations for math and science education in grades 3-12. Gizmos are: Fun, easy to use, and help students develop a deep understanding of challenging concepts through inquiry and exploration on computers and iPads. Research-based, flexible tools used by teachers across all 50 states in a wide variety of ways. ExploreLearning Reflex®, the most powerful solution available for math fact fluency. Adaptive and individualized. Ten Takeaway Tips for Replicating Project-Based Learning How you can get started today. Five middle schools and one high school in the Whitfield County, Georgia school district are in their second year of a transition to project-based learning. Their model is High Tech High, a San Diego charter school renowned for its hands-on student projects that have real-world impact. Whitfield educators have taken big risks, tried things that failed, and then improved their work based on those mistakes. Here are some key lessons from Whitfield County -- often learned the hard way -- on how to tackle the challenges of replicating a model PBL school. 1. Any process of change -- not to mention project-based learning itself -- requires teamwork and learning from one another. 2. It requires courage and a willingness to take risks and experiment to try anything new. 3. Engaging, hands-on projects often don't fit neatly into a 50-minute class period. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Literature Circle Models After experimenting for many years, I discovered an approach that's easy, fun, and effective. I refer to it as Classroom Book Clubs because it's a more relaxed method of doing Literature Circles that doesn't involve roles. You can view a narrated slidecast to this model by scrolling down to the Classroom Book Clubs section. On this page you can also learn about different types of Literature Circles. I've had some success with all the models below, but all models haven't been successful with all groups of students. Read through the various descriptions and find something that feels right to you. Ways to Structure Literature Circles Classroom Book Clubs - My favorite method at the moment is a flexible approach to Literature Circles that does not require the use of extensive handouts and assignment booklets. Classroom Book Clubs I love this model because it's a very flexible and fun approach. Mini Literature Circles (Using Leveled Readers) Literature Circles with Roles

ShowMe - The Online Learning Community