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What’s the Difference Between a Flipped Classroom and Flipped Learning?

What’s the Difference Between a Flipped Classroom and Flipped Learning? | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it

Why do I characterize this explanation as a flipped classroom and not flipped learning? Because, contrary to popular belief, these terms are not synonymous. Yet nearly every article written on these topics mistakenly equates them.

 

 


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There is a distinct difference and Arfstrom explains it thoroughly. 

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Antón Seoane Pardo's curator insight, September 1, 9:48 AM
Great! What I like is flipped learning, not flipped classroom. Thanks for sharing, Nik
John Bostock's curator insight, September 1, 10:42 AM

Useful definition of flipped learning

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K. M. Arfstrom: Flipped learning, however, is a "pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter."

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Why Social Media Belongs in the Classroom - K-12 Tech Decisions

Why Social Media Belongs in the Classroom - K-12 Tech Decisions | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it
As social media becomes an even bigger part of our lives, it's important students are taught appropriate use at a young age. Here are a few reasons why I think social media belongs in the K-12 classroom.
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Simply put, this is meeting our students where they are. 

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Handy Visual: Differentiation Is Vs Differentiation Is Not ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Handy Visual: Differentiation Is Vs Differentiation Is Not ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it

"Here is an interesting visual on the concept of differentiation in education which I came across on a tweet by Karen Friedman. This visual is created by ASCD and outlines some key differences between what differentiation is and what it is not. Have a look and share with us what you think of it."


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Tammy Goldring's curator insight, July 21, 10:31 AM

I like this handy visualization to remind us what differentiation is not!

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Tweechme is proud to announce its very own Mobile App on iOS and Android App

Tweechme is proud to announce its very own Mobile App on iOS and Android App | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it
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Your staff not interested in using Twitter as a PLN? Most of the time this is due to the intimidation factor of learning how to use Twitter and not having enough time to do so. Tweechme takes a simple approach to help teachers become comfortable with using Twitter to grow and to meet there students where they are. 

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Teachers Take Game-Based Learning to the Next Level

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A lesson using "Minecraft" can touch on history, engineering and ancient architecture.

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The 4 stages of understanding Twitter (Which are you on?) - Daily Genius

The 4 stages of understanding Twitter (Which are you on?) - Daily Genius | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it
Twitter is a challenging tool to really start using. That’s probably why only 26% of U.S. adults, for example, use the service. Many people view a single tweet as gibberish about nothing relevant. But there comes a time when you actually ‘get’ Twitter and understand what all the fuss is about. The gibberish turns into …
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One of my challenges this summer is to engage my teachers using Social Media. Keep in mind...my task was to bring the two campuses into the 21st Century, but the mindset was stuck in the 19th. Getting people onto email was my year 1 challenge, imagine the fight I have to using twitter, Google+ and others. However, easing the initial fears of new technology has been my mission and I must say, I'm ahead in my 3 year plan. However, the Social Media block is still there and I've come to the conclusion that it's due to a lack of understanding that drives the fear to explore. However, In every Montessori and IB classroom, the teachers are always equipping students with the notion that they can do anything if they simply face their fears head on. Well, I think it's time that educators follow their own advice. 

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Great Add-ons That Are Empowering Google Drive - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Great Add-ons That Are Empowering Google Drive - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it
Here is a list of some Google Drive add-ons for education purpose.

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Jaclyn McKay's curator insight, June 5, 1:12 PM

For the ipad or laptop, students can customize their writing and creating experience on google drive. Most add ons are free.

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Can a $7 gadget change the world?

Can a $7 gadget change the world? | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it
An Israeli start-up is trying to provide computer access to billions of the world's poorest people with a $7 USB stick.

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TED Talk: Blended Learning and the Value of the Teacher

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Speaking at TEDx, Monique Markoff shares her experiences at a blended learning school in San Jose, integrating technology into the middle school curriculum.

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You've heard of Blended Learning strategies by now along with all the other technology driven methods available. What this particle TED talk focuses on is building a model that encourages student led learning using technology, while the teacher serves as the motivator, and your guide for exploring the student's learning potential. The most important aspect however when trying to implement a Blended learning model,  is being flexible in its delivery and outcomes.  As there are many ways to  build your platform, just keep your students at the forefront of your decision making in order to Meet Them Where They Are. 

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 15, 5:01 AM

"Some would say in this model the teachers matter less since computers are taking over some of the instruction. But I actually think teachers matter more in this model. They are now the orchestrators of these complex learning paths, picking which program should go for which student. They have to now target all the skills that the computer can’t do.  How to motivate that child. How to connect what they’re doing to their home life."

WEAC's curator insight, May 15, 7:32 AM

Monique Markoff says: "Some would say in this model the teachers matter less since computers are taking over some of the instruction. But I actually think teachers matter more in this model. They are now the orchestrators of these complex learning paths, picking which program should go for which student. They have to now target all the skills that the computer can’t do.  How to motivate that child. How to connect what they’re doing to their home life."

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, May 28, 12:42 AM
Thank you for sharing.
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Introducing Early Years Pupils to Music Creation on the iPad- April 2014 Blog Post

Introducing Early Years Pupils to Music Creation on the iPad- April 2014 Blog Post | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it

In Key Stage 2 we use the Garageband app considerably and the pupils have mastered it well, often using it in conjunction with other apps such as iMovie. However, in Reception/Year 1 there seems to be a gap between the overly simple music apps created for that age group and the complexity of Garageband. Year 1 are able to create recordings in Garageband but layering instruments can sometimes be a skill too far. Year 2 were able to do this but only with a lot of support. 

 

This term I have been using the 'Toc and Roll' app with Reception/Year 1/2 as an introduction into Garageband. It allows pupils to choose their instrument and then uses a drag and drop method for them to place a range of different musical phrases into each track. The volume of each track can be changed and effects such as reverb can be added.

 

It is effectively a simplified version of Garageband but the pupils do not play any virtual instruments. However they can use this app to learn about the process of mixing music before jumping into Garageband. I particularly like the voice recorder which divides each recording into smaller phrases.

 

The only negative I can see at present is the sharing features are quite limited. The user can upload to Youtube or save within the app itself but it is missing an ‘Open-in’ tool to save to an external storage app for assessment.

 

If you are working with younger pupils then 'Toca Band' makes a good intro to Toc and Roll as pupils can add band members playing different instruments to a stage where they all play simultaneously.

 

However, the pupils in Year 1 have enjoyed using it and I feel more confident they will hit the ground running with Garageband.


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I've been looking for a prerequisite app for students whom will eventually use GarageBand in both our Tech and Piano classes.  

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it

In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.


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Are you digitally literate? Teaching our students online discernment is vital to using digital literacy content in the classroom. 

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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 3, 9:17 AM

Interesting post with good ideas.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 7, 11:53 AM

Many students still do not understand the limitations of finding information on the free web. Google is about the extent of it and if it isn't found in the first few results, it does not exist or is too hard to find (or worse still, what is found must be "it.").

 

From article: "We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication."

 

 

Antonis Michailidis's curator insight, April 26, 2:49 AM

Πώς εξελίσσεται η διδακτική πράξη.

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Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it

Most parents prefer that their children pick up a book rather than a game controller. But for kids with dyslexia, action video games may be just what the doctor ordered.


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I have noticed that many of the Dyslexia students on our campus are more of strategic gamers than most other students. I think I will consider more console options in the classroom. Their attention to detail in some games are phenomenal. 

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom |...

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom (100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom | @scoopit via @tperran http://t.co/TpTJcRDTfA)
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Pinterest for the Flippin' Classroom? 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

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Pinterest isn't just for wedding themes, DIY craft inspiration, and pretty pictures — it can also be a great educational tool! Here are some creative ways educators are using Pinterest to enhance the learning experience.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 14, 2:25 PM

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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, August 14, 6:32 PM

Useful ideas in how TLs can use Pinterest as a way to resource the curriculum.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, August 17, 3:50 AM

Pinterest as an educational resource  for inspiration,  activities and classroom tools.

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Teachers' Guide to The Use of SoundCloud in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers' Guide to The Use of SoundCloud in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it
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Giving students a voice in critical to learning. I have used SoundCloud for music sharing purposes, but I wasn't aware of the group aspect in SoundCloud. Students are already using it socially, why not "Meet Them Where They Are" and begin using it in the classroom. Haiku allows for full integration which will continue to allow single sign-on with Google. 

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Teachers who just got iPads - iPad 4 Schools

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"I had the privilege of holding a Google Hangout with Holly Clark (@HollyEdTEchDiva) and Tanya Avrith(@EdTechSchools). It was a great chat, where we compared US, NZ and Canadian school systems. Afterwards I was checking out Holly’s stuff and came across her great introduction to iPads in Classrooms. I checked with Holly and she was keen I do one of my visual representations of the ideas. So here it is, my visual, albeit briefer introduction for teachers who just got iPads:"


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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 19, 5:40 AM

9 tips for teachers with ipads. 

Sally Tilley's curator insight, July 19, 8:24 PM

Thanks so much to Holly, Tanya and Richard for an essential Professional Development resource to have on hand for any staff kicking off with iPads!

Heidi Veikkolainen's curator insight, July 20, 12:43 AM

A worthwhile link.

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Peggo - Record beautiful MP3s from YouTube

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Peggo is a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) that records MP3s of your favorite online videos.
Peggo's packed with great features like integrated search, automatic silence removal, audio normalization, subtrack offsets, and artist and title tags.
Peggo automatically removes unwanted silence from the beginning and end of videos so you get a beautiful MP3 with just the good stuff. In addition, Peggo also normalizes the volume of every recording to the same, comfortable level so you never have to reach for the volume dial between MP3s again.


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Many times the audio from a YouTube video is all you need to have an impact in the classroom. This looks like a useful, and apparently legal tool that extracts the audio and creates an mp3 file for you. I will play around with it to see what the limitations are, but I can see the music industry having some issues. 

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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, July 14, 2:54 AM

Wil je het geluid van YouTube video opnemen dan is Peggo een mooie manier om een mp3 bestand te maken. Kopieer  en plak de link in de zoekmachine en de video wordt opgezocht. Met een paar handige instellingen (verwijder stiltes, audio normaliseren) maakt Peggo in een handomdraai een prima mp3.

Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, July 22, 2:25 AM

Looks like a very interesting tool here.  Thanks for sharing Nik.

Joe Shimp's curator insight, July 25, 8:52 AM

A great way to get YouTube audio only.

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32000 Chromebooks: How a Virginia school system bet on Google's PC platform - TechRepublic

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32000 Chromebooks: How a Virginia school system bet on Google's PC platform
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As Chromebooks gain serious traction in the education market, schools are beginning to work through massive deployments of Google's cloud-based laptops.
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New STEM app seeks to combat 'summer learning loss' - eClassroom News

New STEM app seeks to combat 'summer learning loss' - eClassroom News | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it

"The STEM Activity App, a new free web app specifically designed to engage families with elementary-age students in STEM activities, provides engaging experiments for parents and children to learn more about science, tech, engineer and math.

Barbara Joseph, the innovator of the STEM Activity App, is a two-time recipient of the Silvia Earl Innovation award. Joseph created the app for 3rd-6th graders to make learning math and science fun and to boost interaction between parent and child.

So how does it work?"

 


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5 Tools To Help Create A Paperless Book Club - Edudemic

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This post was co-written by Corey Holmer and Jamie Trow A class set of novels, binders, poster boards, and enough post-it notes to wallpaper a school…. all supplies associated with a traditional middle school book club model. With the addition of iPads, Google Apps, and other educational technology, the age of the “traditional” book club …

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8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google Drive

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Here are 8 ways to improve your life via Google Drive.

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Many are well on their way of integrating Google in the classroom. Here are a few tips to make life a little easier. You may have seen some of these before, but just in case you haven't...

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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, May 25, 4:56 PM

Nice set of "things you didn't know you do ..."

Commerce Pundit's curator insight, May 26, 2:43 AM

Really nice declaration! 24.2k Shares - Awesome!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, May 27, 8:56 AM

Aplicaciones unidad Google

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Using iPad Stop Animation within Primary Education

Using iPad Stop Animation within Primary Education | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it

I have mentioned in previous blog posts that my favourite education app is the Camera app. Any app that then talks to the camera app makes it a more powerful and widely used app. One of my favourite examples of this is I Can Animate. It allows pupils or teachers to take a series of photos and then the app plays the photos as a video.

Firstly this can be used to inspire creativity as pupils can make inanimate objects move, such as Lego and plasticine by making subtle movements for each photo. What's nice about this app is it keeps an 'Onion skin' image each time so pupils can see where the previous photo was when lining the camera up.

At school we have used I Can Animate more for science than any other subject as we are able to capture processes. Here are a few ideas:
Take a photo each day of a seed growing and then watch the seed grow as a video. Videos of seeds growing in different conditions can be played side by side using the Split screen feature in iMovie app.
2. Take a photo every 5 minutes of different materials absorbing water. I Can Animate also includes a time lapse feature where it will automatically take photos at intervals predetermined by the user.
3. Using the the time lapse feature, capture a shadow moving across the playground.
4. Put a bird feeder outside the classroom window and record animals visiting. This video can then be used for data handling.
5. Record the weather outside the window. I can animate include a speed tool so you can condense longer videos.

Most of the time we only have one iPad in the classroom so the teacher can share the videos with pupils as a shared resource in Dropbox or Showbie.


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Check out these great uses of stop motion video for Science classes. I truly enjoy  Stop motion video lessons as it provides  wonderful analytical problem solving situations for students.  When I conduct digital storytelling lessons, students display their critical thinking skills more often for me when using stop motion video, especially when using Legos. 

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Vera Weber's curator insight, April 28, 11:07 AM

Awesome ideas for Science!  Thank you so much!

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10 Apps for Social Supports and Behavior

10 Apps for Social Supports and Behavior | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it
Children with learning disabilities sometimes have social and behavioral challenges. These mobile apps may help them learn and practice connecting with others.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 26, 11:07 AM

 "Children and teens with learning disabilities sometimes have a hard time with social skills and behavior, including reading or communicating nonverbal signals. The following mobile apps may provide your child or teen with some high-tech support. Although we did extensive research on available apps, we also learned that just because “there’s an app for that” it doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone."


Darla Hatton and her teenage daughter have reviewed these 10 apps in Apple products for you to try out.


> iEarnedThat

> Hidden Curriculum for Kids

> Model me Going Places

> Tap to Talk

> Verbally

> Middle School Confidential 1

> Middle School Confidential 2

> Cyber Bullying

> Angry Octopus

> Your Turn - Kid Timer

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, April 27, 4:42 AM

Some of these look really promising. I think you could use some of these apps with all kinds of kids, especially younger kids!

Tony Ges's curator insight, May 28, 4:36 PM

Great autism spectrum apps!

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CloudConvert - convert anything to anything

CloudConvert - convert anything to anything | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it
convert anything to anything - more than 100 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats supported.

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Now this is interesting. Many times we have had students unable to open certain documents at home because they did not have the appropriate program to allow access. Uploading everything to Google Drive didn't always solve the problem. This could be a viable solution. 

 

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If you are someone who purchases movies via iTunes or Google Play and would like to convert the file into a format in order to burn to a disc...I'm not sure on the permission, but CloudConvert makes it possible.  Now truly, no one will be left behind. 

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15 Best Tech Creation Tools

15 Best Tech Creation Tools | Meet Them Where They Are: Using The Student's Technology To Teach | Scoop.it
The national movement of STEM + Art = STEAM fosters innovation and encourages the integration of art and design in K-12 education. For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we're featuring the best tech creation tools. Students love to make their own creations -- no matter what the topic....

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André Manssen's curator insight, March 1, 1:16 AM

Hier zitten volgens mij een groot aantal leuke webtooltjes tussen. Zeker de moeite waard om te bekijken!

Angela Kerr's curator insight, March 1, 8:13 AM

Great resource list.

Angela Kerr's curator insight, March 1, 8:14 AM

Great list of resources. New ones I had not seen before!