March 30, 2012

The Flipped Classroom

Posted in Technology tagged , , at 6:00 am by izzatrinbago

The flipped model refers to the classroom/homework paradigm where the instructional process is shifted where class sessions are for hands-on work and face-to-face interactive interaction with laboratory and in-class activities with teacher/peers tutoring, direct and targeted instruction, and outside of class students watch videos and lectures at home. This new approach enables students to ask and solves questions, and allows teachers to be guides and provide personalized attention addressing specific problems students might be experiencing instead of them being lost and frustrated working at home on their own. To view more on this topic see The Flipped Classroom .

Pros:

21st century learning .Students are actively engaged in problem solving and critical thinking that goes beyond the traditional scope of the course. It also allows students to collaborate more closely with each other and their teachers, provide time for creative, hands-on activities and engaging discourse

Personalized instruction. This allows for more time to individualize instruction in the class time and keeps content alive for remediation, review, or other reference when needed.

Interaction. Establishes dialogue thus the overall interaction in the classroom increases

Facilitates multiple intelligences. It’s a way to reach students who are at varying levels of understanding and skill and enables students with multiple learning styles and abilities to access content at their own pace.

Assist teachers.  It can also save the teacher from having to cram overviews, explanations and homework review into a single class period

Technology utilized wisely and effectively. The flipped classroom does not layer technology onto the current program; it models the selection of technology that achieves instructional goals.

Self-paced learning – Students are able to view the lectures on their own benefits students in that they can watch as many times as they need to understand concepts etc., allowing them to learn at their own pace

Assist Absentees.  Students who are absent from class are able to catch up to speed easier.

Cons:

Lack of internet. Students who lack internet access can be at a disadvantage

Difficult to monitor. It may be more difficult to monitor curriculum content.

Less input from students for lectures. As there will be less face to face lectures there will be fewer instances for Instructors to engage students in discussion and allow students to ask questions to better process the course material as they are receiving it.

Can be time consuming. It takes time to produce the instructional videos.

Below are a few articles that provide interesting and insightful discussion on this classroom/homework paradigm:

  1. This article  is about how Stacey Roshan’s, a calculus teacher, went about incorporating this Flip concept into her advanced  Calculus class and it’s effect on her students learning process.
    Flipped” classrooms take advantage of technology
  2. This discussion is about how two Chemistry teachers  in an effort to provide assistance for their absentee students started to record their lessons and then post it online. They soon realized that not only their absentee students were using these lessons, but so did the other students.  These teachers soon realized the opportunity that existed to affect change in the use of class time. The Flipped classroom
  3. This article highlights how  an “effective” flipped class looks like. It also provides examples of teachers who have successfully incorporated this concept in their classrooms and how it was done. The Flipped class revealed

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March 12, 2012

KHAN Academy

Posted in Technology tagged , at 6:29 am by izzatrinbago

I was recently watching CBS 60 mins where the discussion focused on Khan Academy a free website for learning academic and real-world knowledge from tutorial videos. These tutorials cover a plethora of subjects such as statistics, art history, chemistry, and many more that will be interesting and transforming for e-learners.

What caught my attention was the simplicity and straightforwardness of the tutorials that make you feel like this person really wants you to understand what you are learning. The history behind this site is very interesting. Khan Academy started when a former hedge fund analyst, Sal Khan wanted to tutor cousins who resided in different cities learn math using Yahoo Doodle and a telephone. Khan started to record screen cast of his sessions posting them on YouTube where his cousins can access and learn at their own pace. Soon other people became aware on these postings and started using them and he was soon receiving positive reviews from parents stating how much the clips have helped their children.  He later found out that even Bill Gates children were using these tutorials.  In this discussion Khan spoke about taking the passivity out of the classroom  and flipping the classroom, i.e.  students do homework at school and school work at home this way teachers will be freer to work with their students.  Students mastering the concepts before moving on is something he also ascribes to.  Long story short, the Khan Academy has expanded offering more videos and content focusing on upper grade school and college-level students.

Watch  Sal Khan tell his story in the clip below.

Watch Sal Khan in action explaining Simple Equations

You can view more of his tutorials here

Language Dancing

Posted in Reflection at 4:54 am by izzatrinbago

What do you think can be done to educate people in general about the importance of “language dancing” in infant development using Web 2.0 technologies?

Researchers have stated that between birth and 3 years of age there are about 15, 000 hours of learning opportunities that are very important in a child’s life. The scope of a child’s development is determined by whether these hours are filled with language or left empty with nothing substantive.

All parents engage in business talk which is primarily providing the necessary information needed say to a child, “don’t do that” or “get down from there”. Unfortunately, if there is not much talking occurring, this type of communication is the only thing a child receives. It is only when children are exposed to “extra talking” they can experience more complex and rich type of communication.

Adults play an important role in the children development and the language interaction between the two has been described as a dance which makes the most difference in the growth and development in children in their early years.  As this is the foundation for children’s learning process to begin it is imperative that people are educated to understand this concept and how it relates to a child’s development and language acquisition.

In order to educate people about this concept, web 2.0 technologies can be utilized to bring about an awareness of this technique. People can view video clips on YouTube and others specific to this topic that will have detailed examples of the difference between business talk and language dancing. They can listen to expert opinions on this subject by participating in webinars/Synchronous conferencing and discussions/forums to understand how Language dancing helps the verbal-linguistic development of children. These live sessions can be recorded and posted on iTunes for others to access.  In addition, people can listen to podcast from reputable sites that showcase strategies that can be used to support children’s language and literacy skills, and also deals with children development and other stages of growth, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

In addition, this can be a part of a blog that addresses infant development that includes language dancing and other development patterns that people can access collaborate and work together on.

March 11, 2012

YouTube Subtracts Racy and Raucous to Add a Teaching Tool

Posted in Technology tagged , at 7:03 am by izzatrinbago


Educators are taking a second look at YouTube as a tool for Teaching that can be incorporated in the lesson. This article explains the new impact YouTube may have in classrooms. Read more>> Full Article at The New York Times