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Flipping Your Class

What is Flipping Your Class?

Flipped Resources

If you want to read the book on what is means to flip your class you should really click here, however, if you're looking for a quick run around the bases this is your places.  The nuts and blots of the flipped classroom model are taking what you would do in class and have student complete it on their own time and vice versa.  For example, rather than present a lecture in class students would view a lecture on their own time and complete and in-class activity afterwards.  The benefits of flipping your class include:  more face time with students, greater student access to class materials, increased student engagement, and higher levels of student achievement.  The most primary resource to implement a flipped class is an LMS.  It really doesn't matter (Edmodo, Schoology, Blackboard, Moodle, etc) so long as you can push content out to students digitally.  Resources for the flipped classroom are numerous and can be found just to the right!

Educanon

This is one of the most revolutionary tools I've seen in a while.  Not only can you upload video but you can make that video interactive by adding questions and prompts.  Students can view, pause, and re-watch videos at their leisure.  You'll also be able to track student progress and monitor what was understood and what wasn't.  Students can also sign in with and existing Google or Edmodo account.

Educreations  

This is an interactive whiteboard app.  Teachers can import grids, images, or just use the screen to write and record notes for students.  Educreations also allows you to record your voice.  This is really nice for demonstrations for students or for students to show their work to you.  

Life in the Cloud

Why the Cloud?

Cloud Resources

Hopefully your district is not wasting money, space, and man hours on storing teacher and student files on a network drive.  There are much better and more cost effective ways to handle storage.  

Numerous sites and services are out there that will store your files and your students files for free!  Not only does cloud storage allow you to save resources but it's also a much more efficient way to work.  By storing files in the cloud you and your students have 24-7 access to any documents that may be needed.  Also, operating in the cloud allows for greater collaboration between students and teachers.

Cloud computing also allows educators to operate a paperless classroom.  A variety of tools also teachers to push out work flow and collect student work through the cloud.  Also, many other services allow teachers to comment and annotate on student work right inside of the document.  

Google Drive

For working in the cloud Google Drive represents the "Gold Standard" of cloud computer in education.  Word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, and more can all be created, shared, and stored in the could.  Also Google Apps Ed is a wonderful economic way to level the digital playing field.  Google Drive also operates on operates on virtually any connected device.  Oh, and it's totally free!

Dropbox

There are both paid and free options to dropbox, but the free version provides more than you'd ever need.  Upload and share files and folders with students and coworkers at ease.  Again, dropbox is multi-platform.

Cloud On

For those that live Microsoft Office CloudOn is the place to go.  Cloud on allows you to work in office on IOS and Android devices.  I'm personally not a fan, but many of my students like it.

Mastery Learning

All of our students are different.   An assignment that might take one student a day to complete may take another student a few days.  Why are we forcing students into a "one size fits all" model of education?  The tools and resources to reach every student at his/her appropriate level and pace are out there, all we need to do is learn how to properly employ them.

A key part of mastery learning is not allowing a student to move on until they've demonstrated mastery of course content.  Also, mastery learning recognizes that each student will attain mastery at different levels and at different times throughout the course.  The tools on the right are just a few that I've used or are still using in my courses. 

Zondle

This is an awesome tool.  Zondle is a game based study platform.  You create a class, create questions, and select games that students can play as a reward for correct answers.  This is an ideal tool for mastery learning because it is highly engaging for students and very easy for you to monitor student progress towards mastery.  Oh yeah, its' free!!! Platform:  universal

Quizlet

Flashcards on steroids is how I describe Quizlet.  Quizelt allows students multiple was to review course material.  Teachers create an account and share the class code with students.  Students can monitor their own progress but a teacher cannot monitor student progress.  Again, the platform is universal.

Flashcard+

Simply put Flashcard+ is a flashcard app.  Student can make and share their own study stacks.  This is a great way to learn vocabulary terms for a course or foreign language.