Flipped classroom empowers students : Schools Think of most any classroom, from primary to high school and through college and you’ll likely picture one thing: neat rows of desks facing the same direction. Maybe instead of desks there are tables, but the seating grid system likely persists. This arrangement has been a cornerstone of learning environments for 100s of years, and yet, when else is life so neatly arranged? And how does this orderliness prepare a student for the increased freedoms of high school and college, or the self direction required by many jobs? One Chadron Primary School classroom is shaking up the status quo by offering an array of seating options, and empowering students to choose where to sit day to day and sometimes assignment to assignment. Libby Uhing’s classroom has the feel of second grade, a white board, colorful decor, big bold words, and stacks of books. “Sometimes at this age we don’t give kids enough credit for what they can make work when we give them the power to choose,” Uhing said.
edutopia What is qualitative formative assessment? Some call it anecdotal or informal assessment. However, such designations imply passivity -- as if certain things were captured accidentally. I believe the word "formative" should always be included with the word assessment because all feedback mechanisms should help shape and improve the person (or situation) being assessed. For my purposes, qualitative formative assessment is the ongoing awareness, understanding, and support of learning that is difficult or impossible to quantify. Carly Schuler stated that the learner needs to be mobile, not the technology. These approaches form the Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit (QFAT). 1. Cameras are powerful tools for capturing moments and documenting learning. 2. Learners spend time using technology as part of their learning, but not all software or applications have a "save" button, especially in moments that may be more interesting than a final export. 3. A Quick Hands-On Break Let's practice.
3 Tips to Make Flipped Classrooms Effective 3 Tips to Make Flipped Classrooms Effective Flipped classrooms have become a concept in today’s education environment. One can see the impact that flipped classrooms are posing on classroom learning and teacher-student relationship. Today’s classroom is focussed towards learning rather than giving out information. To make flipped classrooms effective, students and teachers will need to understand the importance of inclusive learning and interactive environment. Difficult Things Dealt in Schools Flipped classrooms make learning impactful and deep because the difficult subjects or things are taken care of the teachers at schools. Removing Misconceptions Flipped classrooms are created with the idea of removing all sorts of miconceptions that the student may have regarding certain concepts. Ask Questions Before the Class Let’s say you have served your student with a video content that they have to go through at home.
IAE Newsletter - Issue Number 156 - February, 2015 This free Information Age Education Newsletter is edited by Dave Moursund and Bob Sylwester, and produced by Ken Loge. The newsletter is one component of the Information Age Education (IAE) publications. All back issues of the newsletter and subscription information are available online. In addition, four free books based on the newsletters are available: Understanding and Mastering Complexity; Consciousness and Morality: Recent Research Developments; Creating an Appropriate 21st Century Education; and Common Core State Standards for Education in America. This issue of the IAE Newsletter is the last of the series on Education for Student’s Futures. Education for Students' Futures Part 19: The Future through Quotations David Moursund Professor Emeritus College of Education University of Oregon "We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future." “Human history becomes, more and more, a race between education and catastrophe.”
Flipping the Classroom Printable Version “Flipping the classroom” has become something of a buzzword in the last several years, driven in part by high profile publications in The New York Times (Fitzpatrick, 2012); The Chronicle of Higher Education (Berrett, 2012); and Science (Mazur, 2009); In essence, “flipping the classroom” means that students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then use class time to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge, perhaps through problem-solving, discussion, or debates. Bloom's Taxonomy (Revised)In terms of Bloom’s revised taxonomy (2001), this means that students are doing the lower levels of cognitive work (gaining knowledge and comprehension) outside of class, and focusing on the higher forms of cognitive work (application, analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation) in class, where they have the support of their peers and instructor. What is it? | Does it work? What is it? Flipped Classroom Inverted Classroom
Preparing Students for Their Futures - Information Age Education - IAE Blog Note: You can share information about this IAE Blog entry to someone by moving your cursor over the red box with the + in it shown above, and clicking on the target audience. “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” (Thomas H. Huxley; English writer; 1825-1895.) Information Age Education has just published a new free book: Moursund, D, & Sylwester, R., eds. (4/12/2015. This 116-page, 22-chapter book was written for preservice and inservice K-12 teachers, teachers of teachers, and others interested in improving our K-12 educational system. Of course, the underlying idea is for teacher, parents, and other adults to help students understand these eight recommendations and to understand their possible personal advantages of following them. Develop your “people” and communication skills. Final Remarks The bulleted list of recommendations above is based on my personal insights developed by a great deal of reading and thinking. What You Can Do Moursund, D. (2015).
Vialogues, a Web 2.0 tool supporting 21st Century learning skills Address: Vialogues is a Web 2.0 tool providing a platform for asynychronous discussions centered around videos. While videos can engage students, the addition of meaningful commentaries increases student learning. This Web 2.0 teaching tool is easy to integrate into the curriculum. You simply upload an appropriate video (even one from YouTube), make the discussion public or private, and begin the discussion. The video is seen on the left side of the page and comments appear on the right side. The "Q&A" tool lets you add a poll to the discussion - an easy way to assess student learning. 21st Century Skills This Web 2.0 teaching tool allows asynchronous discussion that develops viewers' communication skills. In the Classroom What makes video effective for learning? Ways to Use Vialogues in the Classroom This lesson is an excellent example of using this Web 2.0 tool in the classroom. In-Class Activity for High Schoolers: 9/11 Ten Years Later Tutorial Video Tutorial
7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development - 7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development As the end of the school year draws to a close, administrators start pulling together their PD plans for the summer in preparation for the next year. 1. Seems like a no-brainer right? 2. This doesn’t mean that everything in your PD should be lesson planning time. 3. Teacher-driven doesn’t necessarily mean that teachers are the ones “leading” the work. 4. Nobody likes sit-n-get. 5. I’ll say it again. 6. Education is like most other industries in that we have our fads and cycles. 7. This seems like it might be a statement from Captain Obvious but unfortunately it needs to be said…and repeated. Looking to grow your school?
249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking Bloom’s Taxonomy’s verbs–also know as power verbs or thinking verbs–are extraordinarily powerful instructional planning tools. In fact, next to the concept of backwards-design and power standards, they are likely the most useful tool a teacher-as-learning-designer has access to. Why? They can be used for curriculum mapping, assessment design, lesson planning, personalizing and differentiating learning, and almost any other “thing” a teacher–or student–has to do. For example, if a standard asks students to infer and demonstrate an author’s position using evidence from the text, there’s a lot built into that kind of task. Though the chart below reads left to right, it’s ideal to imagine it as a kind of incline, with Knowledge at the bottom, and Create at the top. 249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking
Critical and Creative Thinking - Bloom's Taxonomy What are critical thinking and creative thinking? What's Bloom's taxonomy and how is it helpful in project planning? How are the domains of learning reflected in technology-rich projects? Benjamin Bloom (1956) developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior in learning. This taxonomy contained three overlapping domains: the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. Critical Thinking Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including skills such as comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, and critiquing. Creative thinking involves creating something new or original. Knowledge Examples: dates, events, places, vocabulary, key ideas, parts of diagram, 5Ws Comprehension Examples: find meaning, transfer, interpret facts, infer cause & consequence, examples Application Examples: use information in new situations, solve problems Analysis Synthesis Evaluation
A proposed framework for teaching and evaluating critical thinking ... Critical thinking Critical thinking is a type of clear, reasoned thinking. According to Beyer (1995) Critical thinking means making clear, reasoned judgements. While in the process of critical thinking, ideas should be reasoned and well thought out/judged. The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. Etymology In the term critical thinking, the word critical, (Grk. κριτικός = kritikos = "critic") derives from the word critic, and identifies the intellectual capacity and the means "of judging", "of judgement", "for judging", and of being "able to discern". Definitions According to the field of inquiry [weasel words], critical thinking is defined as: Skills Procedure
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.” Where: Clear Brook High School, Harris County, Texas At the beginning of the school year, geometry teacher Leticia Allred told her Pre-AP Geometry class at Texas’ Clear Brook High School that their only homework would be watching 15-minute YouTube videos and taking notes. Where: Wausau West High School, Wasau, Wis.