If you want to see my notes from the Ohio School Improvement Institute on the presentation of Dr. Milton Chen, Executive Director of The George Lucas Educational Foundation click here.
Just read an interesting post by David Nagel of THE Journal. He discusses a report, “A Review of Flipped Learning” by identifying the 4 pillars of the flipped classroom and then listing challenges and concerns.
- Flexible environments
- Culture shift
- Intentional content
- Professional educators
Challenges and Concerns:
- Fear that the flipped classroom will lead to further standardization/privatization of education.
- Unequal access to technology
- Inability to engage students immediately when instruction is being delivered.
You can download the pdf of the 27 page report by clicking: LitReview_FlippedLearning
Having a great day at the eTech Ohio Summer Summit. See this for an interesting presentation on the basics of the Chrome book and Chromebox.
Also, good information on PARCC Testing. Important to participate in any trials that are offered down the road. Assessment registration and validation. Tracking results and being able to report results. The scale of PARCC’s testing system will be immense. 20-25 million users (Students) with content being delivered both ways in a short period of time. Comparable and perhaps more immense than Amazon or the IRS.
PARCC is in the process of developing an open source architecture for testing content. This won’t be in play until at least the second year of PARCC.
Sending students to computers or sending computers to students?
Final word – don’t look for sample items anytime soon as vendors have not been chosen yet.
Any teachers out there want to speak to the advantages of flipping your classroom?
Check out this blog – interesting article about the differences between project based learning and project oriented learning.
In this post, I will present some of her pros and let you got to her post to read the cons. The following are some important points about flipping the classroom that Mary Beth blogs about:
- The most important thing about the flipped classroom is the face to face interaction and meaningful learning activities.
- It should be a mixture of direct instruction and constructivism.
- For students to be successful in a flipped model – videos must include a variety of approaches.
Here are some of the pros, according to Mary Beth Hertz, of the flipped classroom model:
- Allows students to individualize their learning and move at their own pace.
- Students can review what they need – when they need it.
- Students can catch up on missed lessons.
Check out her post for the cons – if you are a classroom teacher, I think the challenges she lists will resonate with you.
This article from the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement is one of many that warns school leaders of the dangers of putting teachers in a room to collaborate without a highly structured protocol guiding their conversation.
This video below of a highly motivated team, working hard and working together shows that without a plan – teamwork doesn’t always result in the positive outcomes that you might envision.
Throughout the history of mankind, there have been many shifts and many different types of shifts. The most recent shifts have been documented in the many Youtube “Shift Happens” videos. Some shifts sneak up on us and we didn’t see them coming and people kind of look around asking themselves what happened to the “good old days”. As I watched the Project Glass Live Demo at Google I/O I got the sensation that I was witnessing a huge shift in the making. In his keynote speech at the 2012 eTech Ohio conference for educators, Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, gave his vision for the future of computing. He explained that computers would be like electricity – it would be everywhere, yet nowhere. He described electricity as being all around us but yet we never see it – it is just there. The Google Glasses are the tip of the iceberg in this trend.
My next question becomes, how will or can this technology impact education? Additionally, how will school policies adapt to allow educators and students to take advantage of this shift?