The Flipped Class: Myths vs. Reality Editor's Note: On the heels of our viral posts in over 100 countries about the flipped classroom earlier this year (links below), we asked Jon Bergmann if he could share some of the feedback he was receiving in light of the notable interest about this topic. The timing couldn't have been more perfect since he was about to leave for a conference about you-guessed-it, the flipped class. Here is Part 1 of our three part series The Daily Riff. See Part 2 and 3 links below. - C.J. Westerberg 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives, including the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach. Those advances necessitate an expansion of our vocabulary, producing definitions such as digital natives, digital immigrants, and the topic of this post—21st-century teacher. As I write this, I’m trying to recall if I ever had heard phrases such as 20th-century teacher or 19th-century teacher. Quick Google searches reassure me that there are no such word combinations. Changing 20th to 21st brings different results: a 21st-century school, 21st-century education, 21st-century teacher, 21st-century skills.
Flipped Classroom Scratch Programming Lessons This fall I began teaching Scratch programming to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and spent lots of valuable class time “presenting lectures” to my students. I quickly realized that Scratch programming would be an ideal subject for flipped teaching. Rather than devote class time to telling my students how to make a cat jump or how to make a bat fly, students could watch the videos at home and then start working and experimenting within the Scratch interface. Class time could then be dedicated to working on projects, answering questions that the students come across, and watching or re-watching the tutorial videos. A lecture is essentially a non-linear format.
About KinectEDucation Why was this site started? KinectEDucation is an educator-driven community resource for developers, teachers, students, enthusiasts, and any other education stakeholder to promote the use of Kinect applications in classrooms. Our goal is to transform classrooms to a 21st-century model of learning with accessible technology – to integrate a “connected education” – and we want you to be a part of this! Join the movement! Twitter is a Teacher Superpower! “We all know that education budgets are getting cut more and more, and that meaningful professional development opportunities have unfortunately become a bit of an oxymoron in education. Not only can being a “connected educator” help change that, but it can also provide you with ongoing inspiration and support. I’d even go as far to argue that being connected will be the most impactful thing you can do in your career.” Elana Leoni, blogger for Edutopia. I will even go far enough to say that becoming a connected educator is a Teacher Superpower! While I can come up with pretty new and innovative ideas while planning inside my classroom, I can gain so much more from sharing my ideas, collecting ideas on Twitter (known jokingly as #ideabandits), and connecting with other educators to collaborate about even more inspiring ideas.
CTE - Active Learning Research suggests that audience attention in lectures starts to wane every 10-20 minutes. Incorporating active learning techniques once or twice during a 50-minute class (twice to or thrice for a 75-minute class) will encourage student engagement. Active learning also: Implementing any new teaching technique can be a daunting or challenging task. Some students may not accept new learning activities with complete ease. Rather than trying to engage all students, focus on engaging more students in more meaningful ways. Integrating the 4 Cs into Your Classroom This is a module of trainings designed to show how technology can be used to foster the 21st Century Skills of Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. Although specific technologies are highlighted, there are hundreds more that are just as good that could be used for the same purposes! By the end of this learning module, the learner will be able to: Define the 4 Cs of 21st Century Skills. Understand how various technologies can foster these skills with your students.
Flipping with HyperDocs: Part 2 – Flipped Learning Global Initiative In Part 1 of Flipping with HyperDocs, I gave a brief introduction – a teaser, if you will – of why I am so hyped up about HyperDocs. Recall that HyperDocs are more than just a Google Doc containing hyperlinks. HyperDocs can take students to higher levels of thinking, utilizing an inquiry approach to learning. If you are flipping your classroom, you will find it to be a complement to your group space-time. There are many templates you can use for the HyperDoc that will help you transform your group space.
iBooks Ideas I was intrigued that a few people saw my recent article about iBooks Author as a criticism (in the negative sense). That wasn’t my intention at all, and indeed I’m very enthusiastic about the ecosystem (iBooks Author, its file format, iBooks 2 as a reader/viewer, and the iBookstore as a storefront and delivery mechanism). My piece simply acknowledged that, as in any situation, there are trade-offs to be made, and that a book isn’t a project to be undertaken lightly or without due consideration. I’ve thought about it a bit more, and I’m becoming increasing aware that the interactive features of iBooks 2 could be game-changing for many genres of book – not just textbooks.
The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education What is a hashtag? A word or phrase preceded by a “#.” How do hashtags work? Twitter can be a busy place with lots of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.” A #hashtag is a way to aggregate tweets that are appended with a hashtag. CTE - Collaborative Learning What is collaborative learning? What is the impact of collaborative learning or group work? What are some examples of collaborative learning activities? How can you design group work activities? Project-Based Learning Over time, the world of public education has grown increasingly difficult, for both students and teachers. Its focus has drifted from applicable, relevant instruction to test performance and attainment of standards. At times, the prognosis can seem bleak. However, there has been a renewed interest in and revival of John Dewey’s revolutionary 20th-century “learning by doing” theory, in the form of project-based learning (PBL) and the establishment of charter schools. With its focus on demonstration of knowledge and interdisciplinary ideals, project-based learning encourages students to become active participants in their learning. This module is led by expert Hope Grover, who guides you through the history of project-based learning, the keys to its successful implementation, and why this practice is so valuable to 21st-century learners.
Flipping with HyperDocs: Part 1 – Flipped Learning Global Initiative In December of 2016, I took part in the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit, hosted by Matt Miller (Follow him on Twitter). He had a wealth of presenters that I gathered a lot of information from. But the one presentation that stood out to me the most, was given by The HyperDoc Girls: Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis. Venture Lab Designing a New Learning Environment - Lectures Sign In Sign Inwith your Comcast account Sign in with your NovoEd password