Flipping over the Flipped Classroom? So the new rage in education has a label- The Flipped Classroom! There is a movement that believes that it is the perfect mix use of technology that has and will continue to transform the education of America’s students. The flipped classroom is based upon the use of technology to help deliver lessons outside of the classroom (the lesson is watched at home for homework), thus allowing students to spend class time fully focused on subject matter and the expanse of it. No class time is wasted on the lesson, thus is fully maximized on the development of the understanding by the students. In the words of Wikipedia: Flip teaching (or flipped classroom) is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teacher offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing.
Create Your Own eBooks - Richard Byrne Yudu is a free service that allows you to upload PDF, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files to create online magazines. The page turning effect and the zoom options are all built into the technology of Yudu and automatically activated. When your Yudu online magazine is created you can embed it into a blog, wiki, or website. The only drawback to Yudu is that the download option can be hard to find when viewing a document full screen and the download file is a zip file which is a turn-off for some people. Issuu, like Yudu, offers the option to display your documents with page-turning effects. How Khan Academy is using design to pave the way for the future of education Every morning Khan Academy’s lead designer, Jason Rosoff, spends the first 15 minutes of his day reading over the constant flow of new feedback from Khan Academy’s 10 million monthly users, who hail from more than 200 countries. In the company’s airy offices on the second floor of a building that bumps up against Google’s sprawling Mountain View campus, Rosoff pours over these little details from sometimes frustrated users that collectively can overwhelm. Do algebra students like the new feature they added? Are students still having problems getting credit for their calculus exercises? Rosoff — who was one of the first employees hired at the non-profit over three years ago — calls the daily morning ritual his way of keeping a finger on the “pulse of what students are talking about.” Khan Academy’s lead designer Jason Rosoff, with two of the company’s designers Tabitha Yong and Marcos Ojeda.
Why I Gave Up Flipped Instruction A little over a year ago I wrote a post about the flipped classroom, why I loved it, and how I used it. I have to admit, the flip wasn’t the same economic and political entity then that it is now. And in some ways, I think that matters. How the Flipped Classroom Is Radically Transforming Learning Editor's Note:Posts about the flipped class on The Daily Riff beginning in January 2011 have generated over 240,000 views to-date - thanks contributors and readers . . . See our other links related to the flipped class below this guest post. Since this post was written, Bergmann and Sams have released their book, Flip your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day. Do check it out. - C.J. Westerberg How the Flipped Classroom was Born
30 Ways Google Glass Can Innovate the Classroom [INFOGRAPHIC] Google Glass has huge potential to innovate many industries, but many believe it could truly flourish as a learning tool in the classroom. The high-tech specs have much to offer the sphere of education, from adding augmented reality to class trips to helping teachers recall students' names via facial recognition technology. Australia-based online learning service Open Colleges compiled an infographic detailing how Google Glass could be used to help facilitate learning in the future. Check out the graphic below and let us know if you think Glass could take off in the classroom. What are some other ways it could be used in education? Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Laura Randazzo – Solutions for the Secondary Classroom Flipping lecture content is all the rage these days and, generally, I’m a fan of the concept. It makes sense to have students listen to lecture materials on their own as homework (at their own pace, rewinding and re-listening as needed) and then reinforce the concept during class with hands-on activities. It’s the ol’ sage-on-the-stage vs. guide-on-the-side debate and I tend to fall more in the guide camp, as I grow weary repeating the same lecture material five times a day. When I heard about flipping, I knew I could make the idea work for my high school English students. Flowboard Reviews Flowboard is a storytelling and presentation app that allows anyone to make side-scrolling publications with images, text, videos, links, and photo galleries. Whether you have a story to tell, an idea to share, or a presentation to give, Flowboard allows you to create & present right from your iPad, or share to any device. Flowboards are fun, stylish, and entertaining. With Flowboard you create complete stories on your iPad using a few simple gestures. Drag-and-drop photos and videos into place, enter text, and create links for navigation. Flowboard connects to all of your photos and videos, cloud content, or Google Image Search from right within the app.
~synthesis~: inversions There was an article in the NY Times recently about a research study that found that students who study online outperform those that study in the classroom. But according to an email Prof. Kathy Gill at U Washington sent to a listserv, the causative factor was not on/off line, but time on task So it wasn't the medium, it wasn't the message, it was the participation level that made the difference. It makes sense doesn't it? You could be in the most beautiful place with the most beautiful people looking at the most beautiful things, but if you weren't engaged, it was all for naught.
Share files with Dropbox Email’s nice for sharing the occasional holiday photo or short story, but what to do when you need to share something more substantial? In this Macworld Video tip, we explain how to set up a Dropbox account so that you can exchange files of all sizes with your friends and family. Download Macworld Video #162 • Format: MPEG-4/H.264 Getting Students to Watch and Engage With Flipped Videos with Crystal Kirch’s WSQ Technique At FlipCon14 last week I learned about two good techniques to help encourage/require students to read or watch or otherwise take in and engage with learning content that you assign them in your flipped or blended classroom. Today I share one of these and I will write about the other soon. “WSQ” (pronounced “whisk”) is a pretty simple idea, but like most ideas, the power of how it is used is in the details and application of it. Teachers can choose how to apply and leverage this as it works best in their classes, and evolve it over time to improve on it and adapt it to changing student and course needs. WSQ – Watch, Summarize, Questions
Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos The flipped classroom model generated a lot of excitement initially, but more recently some educators — even those who were initial advocates — have expressed disillusionment with the idea of assigning students to watch instructional videos at home and work on problem solving and practice in class. Biggest criticisms: watching videos of lectures wasn’t all that revolutionary, that it perpetuated bad teaching and raised questions about equal access to digital technology. Now flipped classroom may have reached equilibrium, neither loved nor hated, just another potential tool for teachers — if done well. “You never want to get stuck in a rut and keep doing the same thing over and over,” said Aaron Sams, a former high school chemistry teacher turned consultant who helped pioneer flipped classroom learning in an edWeb webinar.
The MOOC experiment University reflects on successes, challenges of online learning The past year-and-a-half has seen the University dive headfirst into the once-foreign frontier of online education, notably through its offering of more than a dozen massive open online courses, or MOOCs. But whether MOOCs in their current form are any indication of what the future holds for higher education is still up for debate. At what cost? As of now, there is no direct monetary payoff for offering a MOOC, and producing the courses require huge investments in time. “I don’t know what will become of MOOCs, since by definition they involve no money and therefore have a weak business model,” Physics Prof.