Saturday, March 9, 2013
Today I had the great opportunity to present at the Utah Coalition of Education Technology conference. It was a great experience and I hope the people who came to my presentation had a great time and learned alot. Technology is so important is education today, I hope more teacher take advantage of these conference to ensure they are keeping up.
For those of you looking for the handouts and videos from the conference, click here.
The idea of flipping the classroom has been something that has interested me since one of my idols and Ed tech gurus's, Doc Waters said something about it in passing one day after class. She explained that the idea was for a a teacher to place lectures online for students to view at home and then use the classroom time to work on assignments and engage the student more fully to broaden understanding.
I immediately loved the idea. It would allow me to rehearse and perfect my lectures ensuring that I hit each point and thought that I want to; while not being interrupted by students, office announcements and other classroom distractions. I then would be able to work with the students already acquired knowledge of the concept in class and interact more closely with students as they complete assignments and ask questions.
Obviously, I love the idea so far but the next question for me was, Is it a viable classroom method? Well, Technapex did a survey of 453 flipped classrooms. Below are the details of the survey.
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I am even more hooked after reading this. 88% reported improved job satisfaction and 67 percent of teachers said their classroom test scores had increased.
Although this flipped method only works when students have access to the internet and computer equipment at home and raises concerns about widening the achievement gap between the income classes (see more here), it has promise and is an exciting concept to apply to the classroom even if only piecemeal. While there are still drawback to jumping in with both feet, I am still excited
What do you think about the flipped classroom method? Would you use it?
Let me know...
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Now is the time of year where I start teaching about government and the people in elected office and I dread it. This is my favorite subject but teaching it in a state that has almost entire one party representation can be hard. Most of the comments from students range from, "I hate that one guy" to "My parents say he is ruining the country".
This makes it so hard to actually teach about government. Do you have any tricks and tips? How do you teach about the President, Senate, and House and deal with the hateful comments of the uninformed?