Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yellow Pages of Websites for Teachers

The Cult of Pedagogy Yellow Pages is an index of websites just for teachers created by Jennifer Gonzales. It is organized by grade level, content, and topics. It spans website information from pre-school all the way to college. As a teacher, or a parent, you would like to explore it, bookmark it, and use it often for reference. Just follow the link below:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Teaching with Technology

As teachers, we have been using technology in the classroom for a while now; however, as we all know, it’s how do we use that technology what makes a difference.  Aditi Rao, a technology coach in Houston, Texas and creator of the blog Teachbytes, reminds us the need for using technology in ways that change the classroom culture of teaching and learning. This shift ought to allow for teachers facilitating innovation instead of just promoting automating. Rao explains that teaching the same, and just adding technology, is mostly automatizing the learning process. Innovating the learning process involves the teacher facilitating students’ ownership of their learning using technology in ways that otherwise would not be possible. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

If Flipping is NOT for you

One of the major concerns about the Flipped Classroom model is what happens when students don't have internet access at home or after school programs. I must confess so far this has been one of my major concerns about embracing the program. Teaching in a school where over 90 percent of students qualify for free meals, it's not hard to determine that many will struggle with assignments that require for them to watch videos or complete assignments over the internet. So I felt really ecstatic when I found Jennifer Gonzalez blog entry about In-Class version of the Flipped Classroom (published on March 2014 by Edutopia.

Gonzalez, a teacher, author, and blogger, shares her vision of how the In-Class model can in effect be an alternative for those teachers who want to adopt the program but might face adversities such as lack of technology, parental support, students' buy-in, etc. She explains,

  • "An In-Class Flip works like this. Just like with a traditional flip, the teacher pre-records direct instruction, say in a video lecture. But instead of having students view the content at home, that video becomes a station in class that small groups rotate through. The rest of their time is spent on other activities -independent work and group work- with some activities related to the lesson and others focusing on different course content. As with a traditional flip, the direct instruction runs on its own, which frees te teacher for more one-on-one time with students."

This blended model offers an alternative configuration for delivering and differentiating instruction, while incorporating technology in a meaningful way.

Here's a video created by Gonzales for the  In-Class Flip model: 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Free Book

Check out this FREE book about Flipping the Classroom! Author Sarah Waters describes the flipped classroom and provides several ideas for its implementation. You can download it from the App store to your iBooks for your iPad or Mac or from the iTunes to your computer.

A Look inside the Flipped Classroom

This short video, from the Flipped Institute, briefly explains what a Flipped Classroom entails.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

PDs in Tech times

An interesting new view of teachers' professional developments. No more sitting through disengaging and boring presentations. If we are to tailor our teaching toward students' needs, shouldn't our PDs also be tailored to teachers' needs and interests? I'm all for it! Check this interesting resource from edSurge.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Flipped Classroom: What is it?

I have heard a lot lately about “flipping the classroom” (thus the title of this blog) and what it means in an era of technology in education. As with any new concept there are  pros and cons as whether this model is effective or not. According to ASCD research is still in process to demonstrate the effectiveness of flipped classrooms, still preliminary results indicate that overall those teachers who have implemented this method have seen positive results not only in test scores but also in learners’ attitudes. This impact is also evidenced in teachers’ satisfaction with their jobs as they reach diverse groups of students including those with special needs. In spite of the initial challenges, most teachers revealed that they would continue implementing the model in their future classrooms. Is a flipped classroom for you?
Flipping the Classroom
Check this infographic from Knewton for more information about this method.