The idea of the flipped classroom, and how Doddle can make it a reality | Doddle If there's one buzz phrase that buzzed a little louder than all others in 2012, it was “flipping the classroom”. It’s a term I first heard in the US, but the idea is old – indeed many of us have used it in our own teaching to a greater or lesser extent. Inverting the traditional idea of setting tasks for homework, in the flipped classroom model, teachers assign introductory material like videos or presentations as homework. This means that the teacher can spend more time in lessons overseeing group work and working with specific examples. If put into practice effectively, it seems to me that the advantages of the model are clear: teachers spend less time presenting ideas and more time giving targeted feedback, while students spend more time actively learning and putting ideas into practice. If done successfully, it leads to greater ownership, engagement and motivation – in short, it’s just better. But it also clearly has limitations. Julie Doddle Related posts
50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Learning Lesson Planning and Tools Useful Tools
Useful Infographic & Commentary On Flipped Classroom Michelle has written a useful post at her blog on Flippin’ for ESL. If you’re an ESL teacher, I’d suggest it’s a “must-read.” In her post, he shared this infographic from Daniel Grafton, which I think anyone exploring the idea of a Flipped Classroom would find helpful. I’m adding this info to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea. Six Top Digital Storytelling Tools | Ed4Online A few weeks ago, we published the first in a series of Top Websites for Teaching and Learning, as compiled by The American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The AASL makes their yearly selections to honor those internet sites that provide “enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators”. This week we’ll explore some of the digital storytelling websites available for teachers and students alike. Digital storytelling provides an exciting way for students and teachers to share their knowledge. Below is an overview of the top Digital Storytelling websites selected by the AASL in 2015 along with a few additions of our own! 1. Booktrack Classroom allows students to create and publish eBooks with movie-style soundtracks, or they may create their own soundtrack for any story. 2. Metta is an amazing storytelling site for creating visually appealing mixed media stories. 3. Make children’s storybooks online for free! 4. 5. 6. Sources:
Flipped Classroom | Technology in the classroom | | School Matters Funny how easily we get worked up over innovation. Frequently, we are so afraid of change that we stop thinking rationally the minute something new hits the classroom? I am talking about all those flipping out over the relatively new use of technology in the classroom. The term used is the ‘flipped’ classroom. Simply put, teachers can fairly easily create their lessons on their computers adding any audio or visual, and make the presentation available to students. Sal Khan, and his Khan Academy , is an example of how the videos can be used. The general idea is to allow for each student, or groupings of students, to gain direct access to specific instruction at any place or any time. The advantages are obvious. Of course the critics were soon crying foul. As always, the debate gets loud and hides the simple truth; both sides are correct. To be clear, flipped learning is a tool that should be part of every teacher’s repertoire.
Apps and tools for creating better screencasts and presentation videos Apogee MiC Apogee’s MiC combines a small, simple design with a studio-quality microphone preamp, allowing you to easily record professional quality spoken word, vocals, acoustic instruments and audio for live-action video. + Simple, portable and versatile design. + The MiC has also been designed to work with Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch products. + Can be used to record sound during video production (on a boom pole) If you’re serious about producing great video content for your students it’s a good idea to invest some time in choosing the right software (and tools) to help create the kind(s) of videos you want to produce. Of course, once you’ve finished producing your videos it’s time to share them! We’d love to hear about what kind of content you’re already creating for your students, what you have planned next and what you’ve learned already- send your stories to email@example.com.
5 (less traditional) ways to create and share knowledge online The communication of knowledge and ideas is intrinsic to the human condition. Our earliest ancestors had a rich oral tradition, through which they passed on what they knew about the world, often across great distances. Our systems of communication have evolved and matured, from those oral traditions to the earliest cuneiform writings and all the way up through books and newspapers, to radio and television. Today, the avenues available to our quest to gain and share knowledge are boundless, but I’d like to share with you five of my own personal favorites. #5 — Reddit Some people will tell you that Reddit is nothing but Internet trolls, bad memes and cat pictures… and there is a lot of that, but, Reddit can also be an amazing font of knowledge, works to stimulate dialogue and debate, and if often an outlet for some very real human compassion and generosity. #4 — Scribd Scribd is an online repository of the written word. #3 — Scoop.it #2 — Yarny #1 — Google Drive
The best screencasting software for teachers As an edtech consultant, a common question I’m asked by teachers and school leaders these days is “Which screencasting software is best?” In this post I’m going to recommend the screencasting tool that I think is the best for the majority of teachers. But first I’ve briefly reviewed each of 15 other contenders, in each case outlining it’s pros and cons – and pronouncing a verdict on it. There is no single best tool to use. I’ve bought and used each of the software titles below, and I’ve run Professional Development workshops on each of them over the years, as well as making screencasts for my own students since 2006 and having students make and publish screencasts as part of their own learning journey. [*NB. 1. Like most Adobe software, this is a tool for über-professionals. Verdict: I don’t recommend it for teachers. 2. Verdict: I recommend it only for teachers who have already done some screencasting, are quite comfortable with a PC and demand a professional result. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.