These six ideas will help create a classroom that is engaging and inspiring long after the last bell rings. Publishing, sharing, collaborating, and global is the name of the game. Our connected learners need lessons that challenge them to think critically, share knowledge, be inquisitive, and collaborate globally. The workflow from classrooms of the past, must be left in the past. The concept of a Flipped Classroom must be explored. These tools are just a few to utilize to start flipping your classroom.
A flipped classroom is an environment where students learn the lecture content online outside of the classroom via a movie. Students are able to pause, rewind, and view a concept over and over. Additionally, students take ownership of learning the material. There are many benefits to this concept for the teacher. One benefit is that this frees up class time for discussion, projects, speeches, labs, and other engaging projects and allows teachers more one on one time with students. This is the reverse of how a traditional classroom works where the lecture is delivered to a whole group by the teacher with a minimal about of time for homework.
(Flipped Classroom Resources: A flipped highschool: Clintondale, Flipped classroom Prezi, Khan Academy, The Future of Education?).
The time is now to engage our passionate, mobile students in a classroom that uses learning modalities of their generation. Dare to take the bold step in transforming your teaching style to meet the needs of the digital generation.
|Prezi - http://prezi.com|
Create engaging web based presentations for students to view at their own pace with PREZI. Prezi is a non linear way to make a presentation. You can easily embed PDF files, images, and YouTube videos. This is a fantastic alternative to PPT's and provides students a way to view and review material that has been presented in class.
After a Prezi is created, click exit. There you will find lots of options for sharing the Prezi. The presentations are web based so it can easily be shared via a link or tweeted out. Simply click the Twitter icon from the Prezi site. If you have a classroom hashtag on Twitter, students can find it your classroom stream.
Prezis default as Public. If you want to create private Prezis, there is a fee. You do have the option to allow your Prezi to be copied or not.
There is also a tab called explore. Click this tab see other Prezis that have been created.
Cybraryman's Prezi Page
Courtney Smeby - Nebraska History Review
Amanda McKibbon - Crayfish
|Screen R - http://www.screenr.com/ |
Create screencasts for your students to view anywhere in the world. This site is easy to navigate. Within minutes, you can create a screencast on any topic. This is the perfect way to create tutorials for students. Students can view it again and again to learn, re-learn, and move to complete understanding of a concept. Screenr is perfect for explaining a new concept or a creating how to tutorial on a topic. This is the perfect tool to use as an anticipatory set or a chapter / unit summary. Video are easy to link or embed on blogs or websites.
Here are several examples for you to check out.
Flipping Your Classroom
Sharae Geldes - Explaining Geometric Concepts
Courtney Jameson - Double Spacing a paper
Luke Olson - Using Easybib.com
YouTube is a game changer for the classroom. From either the student or teacher perspective, YouTube can be a powerful educational tool.
Tech Tools For Teaching YouTube Channel
Michael Gentry - Friction
Similes and Metaphors in Pop Music
Carrie Borner - Idioms
Alex Williams - Gas Laws
Katie DeBuhr - Animal Types
Andy Fjelland - Density
According to voicethread.com, “A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).”
Creating and sharing a VoiceThread is a powerful way for students to reflect on a topic. During this process of metacognition, students can monitor their own progress in learning where students, teachers, and parents can provide feedback.
In addition, VoiceThreads are fantastic ways for students to create presentations that can easily be embedded, tweeted, or shared on a website. This published work is shared far beyond the four walls of the school and potentially can have comments from people around the globe. The web based nature of VoiceThread makes it a must have in every teacher's lesson plans.
The skills to collaborate, communicate, and share are skills that students need for the world they live in.
Stacy Turner - teacher and grad student
Becky Meier - teacher and grad student
|Digital Study Aids|
Digital study aids such as the three listed below, make mobile students connected to learning wherever they may be. Each of these tools are easy to use, web based, and mobile! No excuse not to learn!
Word Dynamo - http://dynamo.dictionary.com/
Study Stack -
Mr. Myers - American History
A digital presence is a must for 21st century teachers. If teachers aren’t blogging and/or having a classroom web presence, they should be. All classroom materials should be accessible for students so that continue learning happen regardless of location. Purposeful, engaging, learning must be available online anywhere so students can learn on the go. Having classroom materials easily accessible is a must for these mobile learners and their parents.
Dr. Kingsley's Third Grade
Mr. Sims Fourth Grade