A Big Thank You to My Students from Last Year!

A Big Thank You to My Students from Last Year!

I just finished my presentation at Vermont Fest and it seemed to go very well. I owe a great deal of gratitude to my students from last year -it was their work that made the presentation effective. Below is the presentation I gave with some student videos embedded…

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Re-Thinking the Flipped Classroom

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Some Common Concerns

  • Doesn’t the ‘Flipped’ model rest on the assumption that homework will be given?  What if I don’t believe in giving homework?
  • What about the digital divide?  How can students without internet watch these videos?
  • Is this really anything new?  Haven’t teachers been doing this for years?
  • Is this really realistic for an average teacher?  Won’t it take an impossible amount of time to  create these videos?
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Vermont Fest 2012 – The Flipped Classroom

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Vermont Fest 2012 - The Flipped Classroom

“To flip or not to flip.  That is the question.”

Agenda

  • Who am I?
  • Quick Poll
  • Funny Hook
  • What is a Flipped Classroom
  • Re-thinking the Flipped Classroom – Pro/Con Discussion
  • The Tools You’ll Need
  • Quick Poll – What are you taking away from this presentation?

Who am I

Matt Henchen

Full-Time Social Studies/Civics Teacher at Harwood Union High School – Former Tech Integrationist

Currently on parental leave with my 4-month old son, Mason James

 

 


Quick Poll

https://app.gosoapbox.com/event/411692488

  • Take the Quiz
  • Respond to the Polls

Funny Hook

Can students really learn from screens?

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Vermont Fest 2012 – iBooks Author Presentation

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Vermont Fest 2012 - iBooks Author Presentation

Post-Presentation ‘Exit Card’ Responses

Thanks for participating.  Check out some of the great ways fellow Vermont educators plan on using iBooks Author…


Description

“Apple’s announcement of the new iBooks Author publishing software introduced a new realm of possibilities for students and educators.  Now anybody can easily create and publish a fully interactive digital textbook that integrates multiple forms of engaging media.  The software is so simple to use one can simply drag and drop a document into the program and it will automatically format it. And it’s all free! Come learn more about how to create and publish your very own iBook!  Plus you will also learn about the amazing new features of iBooks2 including, note taking, flipcards and other research tools.”

Agenda

  • Who am I?
  • Funny Take on the iPad
  • Two Quick Polls
  • Differentiating for the Tortoise and the Hare
  • What is iBooks2 and iBooks Author?
  • How to create an iBook using iBooks Author?
  • How to share an iBook that was created using iBooks Author
  • Exit Task – How could you use iBooks Author in your practice?
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A New Skype Network Just for Teachers!

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A New Skype Network Just for Teachers!

Teachers already use Skype to connect with other classrooms around the globe, bring in guest speakers without asking them to travel, and take virtual field trips. Now, Skype is making it easier for them to do so.

The company launched Skype in the Classroom, a dedicated teacher network, on Tuesday. Using the platform, teachers can create profiles that describe their classes and teaching interests. They can also search a directory of teachers from all over the world by student age range, language and subject.

Since the beta version launched in December, about 4,000 teachers have signed up. Many of them have used the network to coordinate Skype projects with other schools. Teacher Kara Cornejo, for instance, used the directory to find five partner classes for a “weather around the world” unit she was coordinating for her fifth-grade class in Missouri.

“We use Skype all the time in my classroom. … I always had to find teachers over Twitter or some other resources,” she said in a video about her experience. “Now to know that Skype has their own directory is awesome.”

A “project” tab in the new version of Skype in the Classroom allows users to post and search for projects that, like Cornejo’s weather project, require collaboration. A map that shows teachers by location is also a new addition to the site.

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How to Find Copyright Free Images

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How to Find Copyright Free Images

Great Overview of Copyright Law and Fair Use

creativecommons.org/

www.educationworld.com/a_tech/sites/sites067.shtml

eduscapes.com/tap/topic98.htm

pics.tech4learning.com/

people.uwec.edu/koroghcm/public_domain.htm

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The Best Free Screencasting Tool for Teachers

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The Best Free Screencasting Tool for Teachers

Interested in ‘flipping’ your classroom or creating a quick and easy how-to tutorial?  If so, then Screencast-o-matic is the right tool for you!  Click ‘Read More’ to watch a quick tutorial on how you can use Screencast-O-Matic to record your computer’s screen, audio, and even your webcam.  Screencast-o-matic is easy to use, functional, and free.  We cannot recommend it highly enough. 

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How to Download Videos from Youtube

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How to Download Videos from Youtube

How to Download Videos from Youtube and other web hosts…

You can use the Firefox Add-on – DownloadHelper

1) Open Firefox and click ‘Tools’

2) Click ‘Add-Ons’ then click ‘Get Add-ons’. In the search box, type ‘downloadhelper’ (all one word), then hit ‘Enter’

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Yo! Educational Rap

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Yo! Educational Rap

Click here to find some great educational rap songs.

Sample Clip

mrduey.com/

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How to Use Google Forms for Peer Assessment

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How to Use Google Forms for Peer Assessment

Learn how to replicate a rubirc on Google Forms, save it as a Google Template, and use it over and over again for peer assessment.  The beauty of this set-up is the rich data that the student being assessed automatically receives after the particular performance.

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