Thursday, January 17, 2013

Flipped Classroom: How a Teacher Organizes the Classwork with Learnist

Current thoughts about training that is needed for Flipping the Classroom
Some teachers will need examples of teachers who DON'T appear on camera.
Sometimes it's ALL about the whiteboard / blackboard and the words that are put there.
Some students WANT to see the teacher
Some students are curious about what the teacher looks like.
SUGGESTION:  Produce some videos with your face
Generally do NOT ask your audience to watch you write information.   However, step by step unveiling of information can be helpful.

These thoughts are guiding how I plan my workshops.  

NOTE:  The teacher has one entry in her blog on  hmmm  
a)  This helps students see that it's okay to put yourself onto the web.
b)  Another message:  It's okay to "fail" by not posting additional information.
c)  The information is helpful for some teachers and should be transferred somehow to an offline storage method that allows
d)  NOTE:  we need to look at how we can teach teachers how to download entire websites for later retrieval in the classroom, especially if the website is blocked or if wifi is interrupted.

It's NOT okay to show students "Oh, it's okay if there is an interruption to your connection to wifi.  In the real world, you will simply try to get the information in another way.  Meanwhile, here's a paper worksheet to keep you busy until the online work is available again."   The worksheet might indeed help the student prepare for tests, but it's still a substitute for the real material.

My work with Mario (my friend from a long island in the Caribbean) has helped me see the need for teachers to be "mules" of information, bringing in packages that students can open and discover a limited amount of stuff to research.   "What is in this book?" or "What information is available in this series of magazines?"  

What could we do with fifteen years of National Geographic, Psychology Today and Discover magazines on a hard drive?

I won't be satisfied with my training class until I've learned how to show teachers (and students) to download libraries of information for later study (when isolated from the web).  

I'm inspired in part by a visit to a classroom curated by Dennis Yuzenas where students did research from information that Dennis put on the school's server (hard drive?  some sort of central place and also on CDs that he sent home with the students, such as his Civil War CD including several versions of the book Uncle Tom's Cabin).

Why do you post the screenshots in addition to the link to the article and to the teacher's blog?
1.  You the reader can read the item immediately
2.  The content does not show up on my blog's keywords, so traffic is not directed to my blog
3.  The one-way link benefits the source of the article and the teacher's blog
4. I know where to find this article quickly.

Thank goodness for the free storage space on Blogger.  Thank you, Google.

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