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Can you Flip and Blend? And do you know Ed-Ted?

We start this week with an explanation of what “flipping” is, then provide some resources – including a link to Hockaday’s efforts to create a “blended” network – and finish with a big shout out to the folks at TedTalks.  The new ed.ted tool allows you to use online videos to create lessons (with comcomitant questions and links) as fast as you can point and click. Thanks to Jac de Haan for this week’s lead. [EF]

This position piece was a response to a Learning & Leading prompt, submitted April 9, 2012:

While many teachers have been introduced to “the flip” via the video lessons of pioneers, video is just one example of an evolving flipped teaching sensibility. Flipping is the act of identifying rote or procedural elements of a lesson, shifting this repetitive content to a medium not bound by teacher availability, and empowering students to take an active role in their education…

FULL ARTICLE Technology with Intention.

POST SOURCE: Tech with Intent

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Announcing: The Flipped Learning Network

Imagine that you’re an expert in a particular area, in this case flipping, and have become inundated with requests to help and overwhelmed by your own desire to make a difference. So what do you do?  Start a resource network.  If you’re at ALL interested in flipping your class, you should check this out. [EF]

As Aaron and I have been all over training teachers we have come to the realization that the key to making flipped class movement grow is the need to train teachers in this new methodology. We realize that we could go on the lecture-consulting circuit and become experts, but we realize that flipping is much bigger than the two of us. We have always had the heart to simply help teachers do what is best for their students. To that end we will be launching the Flipped Learning Network (http://flippedlearning.org), a nonprofit organization that has the vision and goals listed below….

FULL ARTICLE: Announcing: The Flipped Learning Network

POST SOURCE: Jon Bergmann of Flipped Learning

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Flipping isn’t just about Video Part 1: Wikis, Nings, & More

Remember nings and wiki’s?  Do you even know what these are? These tools are also part of the flipped teachers repertoire, based on the idea of de-coupling student opportunities to dialogue from the scheduled class periods during the day. [EF]

What does it mean to use technology as a pedagogical method? This is a challenging question for teachers who are bombarded with new technologies for our classrooms. It is one thing to use technology occasionally and another to integrate it into the pedagogical process. Two years ago it all changed for Sandra Switzer, an upper school religion teacher at The Lovett School, and her students. For the first time, technology became integral to the classroom, directing, enlivening, and strengthening the educational process. She and the students had “flipped…”

FULL ARTICLE: Flipped Classroom: Not What You Think

POST SOURCE: Laura Diesley – NAIS Stories of Excellence

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Flipping isn’t just about Video Part 2: Blending

Take “flipping” and start thinking about curricular design, and you’ll see how the Hockaday school is joining the effort to “blend” online instruction or tools with bricks-and-mortar class time. [EF]

The Hockaday School recently hosted its first virtual Blended Learning Online Community (BLOC) conference, providing a forum for teachers to share best practices in creating blended learning opportunities for students. The term “blended learning” is defined in NAIS’s Online Learning Guide as learning which combines a significant portion of traditional face-to-face class time with online content delivery and learning activities. Hockaday teachers’ interest in designing blended classes accelerated after several teachers took Online School for Girls’ Blended Learning class in June 2010. Frequently, teachers gather informally, often over lunch, to share new techniques. This practice has had the additional benefit of increasing collaboration across disciplines and divisions.

FULL ARTICLE: Collaborating with Peer Schools about Blended Learning

POST SOURCE: NAIS Stories of Excellence

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Oolone – a better search engine?

Have you ever wished there was an easier way for your students to “see” the pages called up in a search?  Here’s one answer provided by Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers (an excellent resource in it’s own right…

Earlier this week a few ed tech bloggers reported on a new visual search engine called Oolone. I, of course, had to check it out for myself. I liked what I saw on Oolone except there was one thing that kept me from writing about it. That one thing was…

LINK: Oolone – A Visual Search Engine That I Can Now Recommend

Post Source: Free Technology for Teachers

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