Should I do it? Should I volunteer? Am I confident enough about my English? These are a couple of thoughts that kept me busy last summer. Of course I volunteered. I was not confident at all but as Pippi Longstocking said: I have never done it so I think I can do it!
I did it! Together with the great Paul Tullock. It really was a fantastic event. We scheduled the questions we want to ask (it was my first time ever scheduling a tweet!) and also our answers. We had our hands free to welcome everybody and react om tweets and answers given by participants. Well.....that was mostly Paul's business, in the first 5 minutes my head was exploding from all the tweets and everybody I want to welcome. From that point on I focussed on 'liking' tweets and retweeting good stuff.
It wasn't possible for me to dig deeper in answers given on our questions. We had a good mentor in the person of Sari Lantto she told us what questions are good ones, and which question should be a great last one.
Hereby the questions and my answers
Q1 Why use flipped learning in the classroom?
Studens can always get back on your lesson, they can 'pause' you when they want, you can re-use your instruction.
Other answers that stick with me: It gives time, it's on students own pace, they can revisit, the ownership of students grow. Parents can join and there will be more time in class for 'doing'.
Q2 What are the benefits of using flipped learning?
When students watch my instruction in their own time, there is more time in class to give 'extra' to those who needed it.
Flipped learning isn't about videos it's about 24/7 access to learning materials. Students become experts when adding to the teachers instruction. It's more rewarding and fun then traditional teacher-led pedagogies.
Q3 What impact has flipped learning had on your students and your classroom?
There is more time to do rich learning activities. Furthermore, students are willing to work because of the fact the students recognize the effort I took to make all those materials the show a bit of respect to the work I do.
Alina shared her biggest impact was with the parents: they saw their kids learning at home and they could use iTunesU course to help.
As Ben said: students come to class with more focused questions and better understanding.
Q4 What apps do you use for creating and delivering flipped learning?
For creating I use explain everything on the iPad and on the MacBook I use Camtasia. For sharing I use YouTube and Yurls.
Q5 Do you have any examples to share?
I shared my Water cycle video made with explain everything.
Q6 What advice would you give teachers wanting to try flipped learning?
Just do it! Start small, share with others and enjoy it! Do it together and make mistakes!
Catharine Mangan has a great advice: Try it! - you will reap more then you sow! What is the worst thing that can happen - embrace change!
Great advice from Paul Tullock: Don't spend more time making resources then students do using them. It should make it easy for you and students.
Jon Neal has also great advice: share some gems with students and encourage them to dig for more.
Ben Versteegt has also great advice: Don't bite more off then you can chew. And don't be afraid to experiment: things will go wrong, no worries.
Great advice from Martin Coutts: start small, pick a topic or concept don't try and do it all at once. Build up on collection over time.
Alicia Bankhofer has another great advice: don't take it over 5 minutes.
Alan Frame has also good advice: Don't be afraid to give freedom to children, it will lead to real engagement.
Aram Schalm is trying to keep his clips under 2 minutes.
After this six questions my head was spinning! It was amazing. 40 tweeps joined our #ADEchat from at least 8 different countries. I'm looking forward to next weeks #adechat about iOS 11
Due to parent-night I wasn't able to participate in this first #ADEchat of the season! However, #ADEchats are very instructive. The questions asked, made me think of my role as a teacher and ADE-er. So a couple of days after the regular #ADEchat I looked back the whole hour and filtered the questions out of the stream of very enthusiastic ADE-ers! Here are my answers to the questions.
The topic of this evening: Vision and Impact. The hosts of this event: Lyndsey and Alina.
Q1: Have you tried anything new in the classroom last year?
Yes!! With great help from Miriam Walsh I connected my class with her's and the students share some video's with each other! It was very nice!
Q2 What new tools are you going to introduce into your teaching this year?
Next year, all of our students will have an iPad. I'm going to use Apple Classroom. Didn't experienced with it last year. The last 2 weeks were great! Using Classroom in class is very easy! And it has great benefit. I love the possibility to airdrop something with the whole class at once!
Q3 What's your schools vision and why is it important?
We are having a hard time to define our schools vision. Small and engaged is what we do, we see each student. We give them the time for upgrowth. Not every child is ready for K12 in a big school with 1500+ student. Our small school with small classes and engaged teachers give them confidence to grow!
Q4 How do you plan to help other teachers in your school to integrate technology into their classes?
The plan is: not to do it all on my own. Give teachers the opportunity to ask me anything they need to get more confident in using #edtech in their classroom. There has to be a 'safe' environment so teachers know nothing is too weird to ask! We won't laugh!
Q5 what educational projects are you going to promote in your school?
Share, Share and share some more!
The respons of Koen triggered me. He made me curious. What does he mean with:
@Koenmariën: A5 self paced professional learning
Q6 what are the key changes you want to see by the end of this school year?
I hope teachers will be more engaged with #edtech.
My name is Rhea Flohr, I'm a geography teacher in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. I'm highly interested in teaching with the use of internet. With my students I explore different possibilities to realize personalized learning.