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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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Spotlight on Prairie School (Wisconsin)

Service project combined with math and science…

Prairie School (Wisconsin) demonstrates “the public purpose of a private school” through its Center for Developing Excellence (CDE), a four-week experientially-based summer program for students following their seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. Our goal is to motivate and increase the number of southeastern Wisconsin students enrolling and succeeding in higher level (AP and IB) math and science courses, motivating and preparing them to pursue university studies grounded in high-level math and science skills.

LINK: Spotlight on Prairie School (Wisconsin)

Post Source: NAIS

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Global Service Learning – Lakeside School (Washington)

Here’s a look at what the Lakeside School is doing around service learning…as well as a link to the NAIS annual conference preview…

The Global Service Learning (GSL) program is an important piece of Lakeside School’s Mission Focus, which is “to foster the development of citizens capable of and committed to interacting compassionately, ethically, and successfully with diverse peoples and cultures to create a more humane, sustainable, global society.” The GSL program seeks to develop in students greater sensitivity to and respect for cultural difference and an understanding of the shared humanity that unites our global community. As of today, 578 students have participated in the GSL program, which the school’s endowment subsidizes.

LINK: Spotlight on Lakeside School (Washington) – 2012 NAIS Annual Conference.

Post Source: NAIS Annual Conference Preview. Link to Lakeside School website.

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Writing a Lab Report – free video from NAIS on iTunes

Have just started to check out free downloads from NAIS schools on iTunesU.  At this point can recommend the following item.  In it, a student from the Urban School describes how she used different applications to write a lab report from motion detectors to screen shots & pictures to mathtype (typing equations) to datastudio (graphs/measurement).  Useful tools for subjects beyond math and science are described.

Video Title: CIRCUS PHYSIC LAB REPORT. 

Released: Dec 26, 2010. Description: Lab report based on trapeze experience.

LINK: NAIS Science Videos on iTunesU

Post Source: NAIS on iTunesU

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