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the digital learning farm and ipad apps - 72 views

    constructivist learning + content creative/cultivation apps
Chuck Baker

How the Flipped Classroom Is Radically Transforming Learning - THE DAILY RIFF - Be Smar... - 117 views

  • students missed our classes and struggled to stay caught up.
  • Flipping the classroom has transformed our teaching practice.  We no longer stand in front of our students and talk at them for thirty to sixty minutes at a time.  This radical change has allowed us to take on a different role with our students.
  • One of the greatest benefits of flipping is that overall interaction increases: Teacher to student and student to student.  Since the role of the teacher has changed from presenter of content to learning coach, we spend our time talking to kids
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  • The beauty of these mini-lectures is we are delivering "just in time" instruction when the students are ready for learning.
  • As we roam around the class, we notice the students developing their own collaborative groups.  Students are helping each other learn instead of relying on the teacher as the sole disseminator of knowledge.
  • We think the key is for students to identify learning as their goal, instead of striving for the completion of assignments.  We have purposely tried to make our classes places where students carry out meaningful activities instead of completing busy work.
  • Our goal is for them to be the best learner possible, and to truly understand the content in our classes.  When our students grasp the concept that we are on their side, they respond by doing their best.
  • We both remember sitting in parent conferences for years and parents would often ask us how their son or daughter behaved in class.
  • You see, the question is a non-issue in our classroom.  Since students are coming with the primary focus on learning, the real question is now:  Is your student learning or not?  If they are not learning, what can we do to help them learn?  This is a much more profound question and when we can discuss this with parents, we can really move students into a place which will help them become better learners.
    Highlights of a guest post from two Chemistry teachers writing a book to be released in 2011 about delivering lectures at home and working at school.
Chuck Baker

5. Signs of the Trigonometric Functions - 56 views

    interactive trig values on the unit circle!  move around the radius to get angle measures and trig values
Chuck Baker

islt9440 - Group 7: Diigo for Education - About - 86 views

    My group for my grad class, "Learning with the Internet" created this wiki about using and implementing Diigo in the classroom.
Chuck Baker

Student Learning with Diigo - 113 views

    One of the groups in my grad class, "Learning with the Internet" created this apge.
Chuck Baker

A Few Cautions About Organizational Change - 43 views

change reform innovation vision
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    A Few Cautions About Organizational Change
    - from Dr. Jane Howland, ISLT 9475 Diffusion of Educational Innovations instructional materials, University of Missouri

    TOO often, organizational change efforts are destined for failure due to an all-to-common set of errors. That's really too bad because, as you will see, most of these errors are avoidable.

    ERROR: Allowing too much complacency

    SOLUTION: Establish a sense of urgency. As long as people believe that nothing is "on the line" they will tend to hang onto the status quo.

    ERROR: Failing to create a powerful guiding coalition

    SOLUTION: Every organization has key players (opinion leaders). It the opinion leaders aren't working with you, they are working against you. Don't avoid opinion leaders who are resisting the change; get to know them and understand their perspective.

    ERROR: Underestimating the power of vision

    SOLUTION: Use clear, concise terminology that everyone can understand, support, and explain. Avoid confusing organizational vision (where you want to be) and organizational mission (how you will get there).

    ERROR: Undercommunicating the vision

    SOLUTION: To be effective, the vision must be in front of people. It becomes the lead-in to planning documents and evaluation reports. It is in the hallways, on the web site, and in the language of the leadership team.

    ERROR: Permitting obstacles to block the vision

    SOLUTION: Day-to-day tasks and unexpected problems block vision. Use the vision to decide which tasks to do, which problems to solve. Ask: How will completing this task or solving this problem help us attain our vision?

    ERROR: Failing to create short-term wins

    SOLUTION: Short-term wins provide a sense of accomplishment, reaffirm the vision, and otherwise make life a bit more enjoyable. Look for opportunities that will provide a sense of accomplishment and closure along the way to attaining the vision.

    ERROR: Declaring victory too soon

    SOLUTION: Change is not complete just because everyone is doing something different. Information, rewards, and experiences reinforcing the change must accompany the changes in practice. Constant, long-term diligence is the key.

    ERROR: Neglecting to anchor changes in culture

    SOLUTION: Ultimately, any change is destined to fail if the organizational culture does not support the change. Monitor the values and mores of the organization for possible conflicts with the innovation. Position and present the innovation to avoid the perception of such conflicts.
Chuck Baker

Sumo Paint | Online Image Editor - 81 views

    For online image creation, lots of tools!
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