It’s complicated: Why we need a new etiquette for handling what’s private and what’s public The private vs. public divide used to be relatively straightforward: things remained private unless you disclosed them to someone, either deliberately or accidentally — but even in the case of accidental disclosure, there was no way for your information to reach the entire planet unless it appeared on the evening news. Now, a tweet or a photo or a status update could suddenly appear on a news website, or be retweeted thousands of times, or be used as evidence of some pernicious social phenomenon you may never even have heard of before. But you posted those things, so they must be public, right? And because they are public, any use of them is permitted, right?
16 Flipped Classrooms In Action Right Now Flipped classrooms require educators to reconstruct traditional classrooms by sending lectures home and providing more face-to-face time at school, but elementary- through university-level instructors are finding good reasons to try them out. Frequently traced back to Colorado teachers Aaron Sams and JonathanBergmann, who were quick to experiment with posting videos online in 2008, the flipped classroom concept is small, simple and has shown positive results. The general idea is that students work at their own pace, receiving lectures at home via online video or podcasts and then devoting class time to more in-depth discussion and traditional “homework.”
GUITAR GODS Since the dawning of the Rock era there have been countless guitar-slingers that have inspired generations of wannabe guitarists. While there have been numerous apostles there are a select band who have been elevated to the status of Guitar God – Who are they and what makes them so special? The guitar is truly magical, it’s like no other instrument, both for the way we connect with and talk about our guitar heroes – often above all other virtuoso instrumentalists. These gods can make it sing, make it cry and with the electric guitar in particular, are able to create signature sounds by using their own unique combination of instruments, amplifiers and signal processors…but above all else they have a talent that make them so special. First there was Chuck Berry with his signature licks that influenced everyone.
Peer instruction Peer Instruction is an evidence-based, interactive teaching method developed by Harvard Professor Eric Mazur in the early 1990s. Originally used to improve learning in introductory undergraduate physics classes at Harvard University, peer instruction is used in various disciplines and institutions across the globe. It is a student-centered approach that involves flipping the traditional classroom by moving information transfer out and moving information assimilation, or application of learning, into the classroom. Research demonstrates the effectiveness of peer instruction over more traditional teaching methods, such as pure lecture. Peer instruction is now used in a range of institutional types across the globe and in many other disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, geology, biology, math, computer science and engineering.
20 Free Tools to Annotate PDF Documents Do you use PDF files or read documents in PDF format? Even if you don’t use them regularly, I’m sure that you’ve come across a PDF file or two in your lifetime. They’ve been around for over 20 years and can contain links, buttons, form fields, videos, audio and more. With flipped learning, how to make sure students are doing the work Stacey Roshan has found that flipping her math class leads to more powerful classroom interactions. In the three years that my advanced math classes have been flipped, I have been able to get to know my students, as individuals, better than I have ever been able to before. My goal is always to make the classroom feel a little more like play, while still maintaining rigor. I have found that inverting the traditional classroom dynamic has lowered anxiety levels while increasing student performance. The same is proving true for other teachers around the world.
Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur. Teaching in Beta: What We Can Learn from Software Developers Tell me if this sounds like you: You hear about a new teaching idea and decide you’d like to try it. Then for the next two, three, six months, you put it off, waiting for the day when you can get it just right. Your “idea” file grows thicker and thicker, and most of it never gets used.
9 Video Tips for a Better Flipped Classroom Flipped Classroom | November 2013 Digital Edition 9 Video Tips for a Better Flipped Classroom Early adopters share how schools can find success with teachers and students alike--even when the technology seems as topsy-turvy as the lessons. 10 must-watch videos for flipped learning From STEM videos to history lessons, YouTube can be a one-stop shop for flipped learning If must-implement educational trends were narrowed down to a small group, flipped learning would be among the top contenders. But flipped learning doesn’t have to consist of videos of a hand on a whiteboard, and it doesn’t have to discuss how to multiply fractions in monotone—after all, there’s a whole YouTube world out there. Part of the fun of flipped learning is introducing brief questions on relevant curriculum topics that students can discuss or use to create projects during class. For instance, based on historical definitions, should Pluto be a planet? If some products in the U.S. are identified through numbers, could replication of those numbers be made illegal?
Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills I've been trying to use Google Docs to good effect in my ninth grade history classroom. It's a critical tool in that it lets me see the students puzzle out answers to their questions (especially with a heavy reliance of the "see revisions" function). I've viewed classroom technology as the means to sharing knowledge, in addition to acquiring or manipulating it. Yet I find that not only has the computer itself become something of a distraction, but the students aren't making enough use of the tech’s "share-ability" -- that is, they struggle to work effectively together on it, and to have their ideas cohere in an intelligible way. It occurred to me that co-editing in a Google Doc is a skill that itself needs to be taught and practiced before it can become effective in the classroom. I also started thinking that perhaps one fault of technology is that it brings the world to the student, rather than spurring the student to get up out the chair and go find it.
Flipped Classroom -v- Flipped Learning In preparation for my upcoming IB workshop on flipping the classroom, I've been reading everything I can about the benefits of the flip on student learning. One of the best arguments in favor of making the flip has been an article that appeared in the May edition of ISTE's magazine Learning and Leading with Technology by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams. I'm summarizing parts of this article here as I think it will provide a useful starting point for our workshop participants. To start with Bergmann and Sams argue that the flipped classroom is not simply a new fad - teachers have always assigned reading to be done at home, followed by class periods discussing and developing the understanding of the ideas in the reading. Bergmann and Sams argue that it is not the flipped classroom itself that is the goal, but that this is simply the path that leads to more powerful teaching and learning, which they refer to as flipped learning.