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Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing ~ Two Guys and Some iPads

Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing ~ Two Guys and Some iPads | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Drew Minock


"During this first week of school, I wanted to inspire my students to be creative and have fun with their learning. In years past I have always struggled to make my writing lessons fun and engaging, yet productive. This is year I decided to introduce writing with the help of my favorite tech tool: Augmented Reality! 

"I gave the students a choice to pick one of the 10 different coloring pages from the app ColAR Mix, and use the image on the page as a prompt to write a creative story. There was only two rules for the assignment: 

1. Have fun
2. Use your imagination

"The students got started right away, some writing their story first, and some coloring. Many students were very excited about their stories saying, "Can I please share my story?!" This all happened because I gave the students a choice to create what they wanted and NOT what I wanted. "


 - See more at: http://www.twoguysandsomeipads.com/2013/09/augmented-reality-to-inspire-creative.html#sthash.eeUegO2O.dpuf

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6-Traits Resources: Teaching Voice to Primary Students by Margaret McKanna

6-Traits Resources: Teaching Voice to Primary Students by Margaret McKanna | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Here's an analogy I find useful. As children learn to ride bikes, we support them as they practice the essential skills for bike riding: pedaling, braking, steering, and balancing on two wheels. We support these emerging bike riders by holding on to the seats of their bikes as they sharpen these skills and consolidate them to achieve proficiency.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:42 AM

Here's an insightful post on Voice from one of my online students in Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

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Balancing Inner/Outer Conflicts

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A Main Character who is larger-than-life, has certain attributes and who faces high stakes is often a winning combination. Yet when creating conflict for our characters, novel writers should beware of loading too much personal angst or not enough of a conscience. Balance is key.


 Here are some ideas for balancing a Main Character's conflicts:


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Robert Pratten’s Getting Started in Transmedia Storytelling: A Practical Guide for Beginners « TMCResourceKit

Robert Pratten’s Getting Started in Transmedia Storytelling: A Practical Guide for Beginners « TMCResourceKit | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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TransVergence Summit 2013 - The Future of Content Parts 1-5 w. Alex McDowell, Brian Seth Hurst... [videos]

TransVergence Summit 2013 - The Future of Content Parts 1-5 w. Alex McDowell, Brian Seth Hurst... [videos] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
How are emerging technologies and innovations in digital media, from the web to 3D to mobile and social media, changing the way we tell stories -- stories that are not confined to a single narrative medium but told across a variety of platforms?

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siobhan-o-flynn's curator insight, September 4, 2013 3:19 PM

What a fantastic share! videos of the panel with Alex McDowell, Brian Seth Hurst, Kathy Franklin, Pablo Frasconi, & Zak Kadison

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Gingko App - For collaborative writing

Gingko App - For collaborative writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Since Gingko is tree-based, one person can work on the overall organization, while a second is writing the main points of a particular section, and a third is taking those points and fleshing them out in a subsection.


"Gingko is an online word processor, that lets you
work on structure & content at the same time.

Whether you’re an artist, scholar, or entrepreneur,
this new medium lets you write better, faster."


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 6:32 PM

Very good app for long documents. You could work in a 3 tree level, allowing you to conect between levels, add links, pics, etc... quite user-friendly.

Anne-Christin Tannhäuser's curator insight, February 25, 2014 5:52 AM

Need to try out this tool, looks exciting!

Asif Mehedi's curator insight, June 11, 2014 12:56 PM

Now that I've discovered the wonderful Gingko App, my writing (and pre-writing) is not going to be the same again.

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The Fanthropology of Theatrics

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Nick DeMartino:  "The session was called "Unlock the Power of Fans" at Transmedia Los Angeles’ monthly meetup earlier this week, but I’ll remember it as the Fanthropology of Theatrics, because I learned so much about the way audiences are using the new collaborative storytelling platform that I was there to represent."


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Quite an intriguiging new platform.

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Nick DeMartino takes us through Theatrics, the storytelling tool behind Beckinfield, Welcome To Sanditon, and Psych's The S#cial Sector.

Fred Harden's curator insight, June 9, 2013 10:30 PM

Now to move this up a notch, what about a few slicker videos, wannabe actors etc.?

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The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926 ~ Brain Pickings

The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926 ~ Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"In 1926, thirteen years before James Webb Young’s Technique for Producing Ideas and more than three decades before Arthur Koestler’s seminal “bisociation” theory of how creativity works, English social psychologist and London School of Economics co-founder Graham Wallas, sixty-eight at the time, penned The Art of Thought— an insightful theory outlining the four stages of the creative process, based both on his own empirical observations and on the accounts of famous inventors and polymaths. Though, sadly, the book is long out of print, with surviving copiessold for a fortune and available in a few public libraries, the gist of Wallas’s model has been preserved in a chapter of the 1976 treasure The Creativity Question (public library) — an invaluable selection of meditations on and approaches to creativity by some of history’s greatest minds, compiled by psychiatrist Albert Rothenberg and philosopher Carl R. Hausman, reminiscent of the 1942 gem An Anatomy of Inspiration.


"Wallas outlines four stages of the creative process — preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification — dancing in a delicate osmosis of conscious and unconscious work. These phases, which literary legend Michael Cowley would come to parallel in his 1958 model of the four stages of writing, go as follows:"

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Another gem by Popova

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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

 

"We learn so much sitting beside writers as they work in our workshops each day.  Two years ago I gave up my spiral notebook I used to keep records of writing conference conversations for a digital system.  Saying goodbye to my spiral notebook with tabbed sections for each student was easier than I anticipated.  The time was right.  More and more often I found myself wanting to do more than record handwritten snippets of evidence, thought, and conversation.  More and more I found myself wanting to take pictures of student work or record student voices.  More and more I found myself wanting to link to digital pieces students were creating.  More and more I seemed to have a device in my hand instead of a pen.  After learning about Evernote I decided to see if I could use it as a tool to record notes from across the day.  I found myself enjoying the seamlessness of Evernote. It seemed Evernote was a tool to allow me to capture the learning journeys of the young writers in my classroom.

 

"To begin I created a notebook for each student and then placed them in a class stack.  Each time I confer with a writer during writing workshop I use Evernote.  Before I begin our conversation I glance through the last few notes, watch the work the writer is doing, and wait for an appropriate moment to chat.  For me, it has worked to create a new note inside the student’s notebook each time I have a conference with a writer.  My conferences are often structured like this:"

 

 

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:47 AM

A well documented description of how one teacher has developed her own method to maintain digital notes for all her students in Writers' Workshop by using Evernote.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:35 PM

Another way to document student writing electronically using Evernote.

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add your insight...

 
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Narrativs

Narrativs | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Stories that move us

Description by New Learning Times

 

"Everyone has a Story to Tell
Do you have a story you would like to share? Do you enjoy reading short stories?Narrativs believes that everyone has a story to tell and aims to connect people all over the world through storytelling. Narrativs has created a digital space where aspiring writers can gain support for their work and receive constructive criticism. On the Narrativs website everyone is invited to submit a poem or short story – fiction or non-fiction. The Narrativs editing team provides feedback on the submission and the author is encouraged to make the necessary changes. After the piece goes through the editing process the story is then published on the Narrativs site and readers can rate and write comments in reaction to the story. This new publishing format allows one to learn about the world from many different perspectives by reading this diverse collection of stories.

 

"Social Entrepreneurship 
Narrativs aims to give everyone a voice, not only by creating a platform for writers to share their work, but also by financially supporting non- profit projects that promote literacy. Founder, Rachel Ngoc Anh Bui was inspired to develop Narrativs after listening to a global responsibility-focused speech by the prince of Norway. Narrativs plans to gather the best stories from the site to publish in a book. The money that the book generates will be given to groups that aid education in developing countries. The Narrativs team hopes to inspire others to find ways to develop businesses that make the world a better place. The team has been visiting schools in the United States and motivating students to create businesses that are socially responsible. Narrativs is creating a valuable narrative around both digital authorship and global citizenship."

 

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Margaret Waage's comment, August 31, 2013 1:58 PM
I love this idea because it is true. What I love even more is the idea of sharing narratives because that experience is what connects us to each other.
mtmeme's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:01 PM

Interesting type of support!

harish magan's comment, September 3, 2013 8:16 AM
It is indeed very powerful and wish to study deep on the subject.
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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling ~ University of Houston

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling ~ University of Houston | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The primary goal of the Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling website is to serve as a useful resource for educators and students who are interested in how digital storytelling can be integrated into a variety of educational activities. The site was originally created in 2004 and faculty members and graduate students in the Instructional Technology Program at the University of Houston College of Education continue to maintain the site and add new content. "


"Our long term goal is to make the Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling website a comprehensive clearinghouse of information for both those just starting to use digital storytelling as well as for educators, graduate students and researchers who want to deeply explore the many facets of this educational technology tool."

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BBC - Wales - A Guide to Digital Storytelling

BBC - Wales - A Guide to Digital Storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Whether you're an individual making your own or a facilitator helping others to make theirs, here's a set of how-to guides that we hope you'll find useful. We cover the technical, the editorial, the storytelling, and more. We hope you find these guides useful. Happy storytelling!"

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Technology to Support Creative Writing ~ Mark Anderson's Blog

Technology to Support Creative Writing ~ Mark Anderson's Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Mark Anderson

 

"Technology can be used to support any subject and technology to support creative writing is one such area. Here are some of my favourite but often overlooked sites and tools as well as some staples for inspiration, creation and publication and they work just as well in primary as they do secondary and in further education."

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Anderson highlights, describes, and provides links to numerous apps and services designed to provide:

Inspiration

Creation

Publication

 

 

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Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology

Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
There are dozens of great brainstorming and organizing tools available on the web to help students prepare for writing assignments and develop their

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 17, 2013 8:08 PM

The writing process begins with IDEAS for good reason: this where we find the topics that inspire us!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:46 AM

Common Core would have kids useing graphic organizers....

Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:54 PM

Graphic organizer can help writers with organization and logic flow.

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Redefining Learning Through Screencasting ~ Edutopia

Redefining Learning Through Screencasting ~ Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Beth Holland


"One of the most valuable tools afforded by iPads is the ability to screencast -- to combine audio, images, drawing and text on a whiteboard to create a video. Given the multitude of outputs afforded by this one type of app, what if we focused on accelerating learning through a single tool?


"As Kristen Wideen (@MrsWideen) demonstrates with her mixed first and second grade class, screencasting bridges the gap between the physical and the virtual in order to extend the learning context. Through the use of theExplain Everything app, in conjunction with a paper-­based project, she encourages meta cognition and provides students with a voice to explain their thinking. In a similar vein, consider the learning target of presenting knowledge, demonstrating understanding, and offering an explanation. Not only does the following example from MIT offer an exposition of structures, but it also incorporates persuasive writing skills and complex communication."




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Transmedia Programming Converges for 2013 New York Film Festival

Transmedia Programming Converges for 2013 New York Film Festival | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

'The word premieres of two interactive doc projects and the New York debuts of a handful of multiplatform titles — including “Charlie Victor Romeo,” the hit Off Broadway docu-play recently turned into a 3D film — are among the offerings on tap for Convergence, the New York Film Festival’s second annual slate of transmedia programming.

 

Driven by tech innovation and the proliferation of digital possibilities, transmedia storytelling has become an increasingly prominent component of film festivals as a growing number of filmmakers begin to explore multiplatform projects. Earlier this year the Tribeca Film Festival officially incorporated transmedia offerings into its festival lineup, while Film Society of Lincoln Center, which presents NYFF, launched its year-round Convergence initiative last year, a festival component of which kicked off as part of the 2012' 


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siobhan-o-flynn's curator insight, August 31, 2013 9:21 AM

very exciting..

'“Highrise” is listed as one of Convergence’s “Keystone Presentations,” as are “The Cloud Chamber Mystery” (pictured, above), Christian Fonnesbech and Frederik Ovlisen’s “online mystery community,” and “Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club,” Cory McAbee’s collaborative, crowdsourced look at the experience of transporting and preserving Abraham Lincoln’s dead body on its Civil War-era journey from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Ill. ...'

 
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Great new post from Rob Pratten: Building Storyworlds – Transmedia Storyteller

Great new post from Rob Pratten: Building Storyworlds – Transmedia Storyteller | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

I really must recommend Mark Wolf’s excellent book “Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation“. It’s full of great insights and examples. What occurs to me is that I often illustrate multiple stories existing inside a storyworld without dwelling too much on what’s inside all that space that fills the storyworld – there’s a kind of dark matter that holds everything together. This got me thinking about how storyworld elements are revealed – usually partially although sometimes more comprehensively – in each story. And this lead to the infographic below

 


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Storify Has Competition, and It’s Called Brickflow - 10,000 Words

Storify Has Competition, and It’s Called Brickflow - 10,000 Words | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Storify Has Competition, and It’s Called Brickflow

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Brickflow allows users to search for hashtags and compile corresponding pieces of content (bricks) found across Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr into a workable story. You can drag and drop each tile where you want it, piecing together a sensible visual narrative, and voila — you’ve got embeddable and sharable content for the Web. If the topic doesn’t need to be chronological, you can “remix” your flow and rearrange the story.

Crowdfunded via Indiegogo (with a $10,000 goal) and led by a team that includes a former Harvard University-funded startup incubator participant, a man who worked for Prezi, and a filmmaker, Brickflow released its public beta just days ago. They say they are the first social media curator allowing users to string together multiple Instagram videos in a story format. That feature alone could be a game changer for journalists.


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Building Social Skills and Literacy Through Gaming - OnlineUniversities.com

Building Social Skills and Literacy Through Gaming - OnlineUniversities.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Justin Marquis


"The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated. Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, has proposed that reading produces a vivid simulation of reality, one that "runs on minds of readers just as computer simulations run on computers." Fiction — with its redolent details, imaginative metaphors and attentive descriptions of people and their actions — offers an especially rich replica. Indeed, in one respect novels go beyond simulating reality to give readers an experience unavailable off the page: the opportunity to enter fully into other people’s thoughts and feelings."
(Your Brain on Fiction, 17 March, 2012)


"The immediate thought prompted by this talk of "vivid simulation of reality," and being able to "give readers an experience unavailable off the page," was that video games do this too. In fact, they could provide a more richly interactive experience than reading because they have the capability to adapt for individual users and to provide branching scenarios based on different inputs. So the question is, can video games accomplish the same objectives that the authors are attributing to reading fiction?"


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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 28, 2013 12:01 PM

Refreshing counterpoint to fears.

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WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms ~ Northern Nevada Writing Project

WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms ~ Northern Nevada Writing Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"If you navigate this website's menu bar (at left, in the light blue area), you will quickly discover pages dedicated to our local inservice classes and their instructors, as well as links to hundreds of complete writing lessons developed during local workshops we ran between 2001 and 2011. Our lessons include thousands of student samples submitted by teachers all over the world who--even though they're not from Northern Nevada--use our posted materials to inspire their students to write."


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Outstanding collection of resources that has been serving teachers and learners for over a decade.

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Katie Frank's curator insight, June 9, 2013 4:53 PM

This is one of my favorite resources for writing workshop and writing notebooks.

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Penny Kittle - Workshop Handouts

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Handouts from 20 workshops conducted by Penny Kittle, a very accomplished speacialist in teaching reading and writing P-12. A great deal of wonderful material here; some of it is very clear without explanation, some of it makes you wish you understood the context -JL


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Twitter Literacy (I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it) ~ Howard Rheingold

Twitter Literacy (I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it) ~ Howard Rheingold | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Howard Rheingold

 

"Twitter is one of a growing breed of part-technological, part-social communication media that require some skills to use productively. Sure, Twitter is banal and trivial, full of self-promotion and outright spam. So is the Internet. The difference between seeing Twitter as a waste of time or as a powerful new community amplifier depends entirely on how you look at it – on knowing how to look at it.

 

"When I started requiring digital journalism students to learn how to use Twitter, I didn’t have the list of journalistic uses for Twitter that I have compiled by now. So I logged onto the service and broadcast a request. “I have a classroom full of graduate students in journalism who don’t know who to follow. Does anybody have a suggestion?” Within ten minutes, we had a list of journalists to follow, including one who was boarding Air Force One at that moment, joining the White House press corps accompanying the President to Africa."

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Remove Any Image Background and Create a Perfect Silhouette in Minutes: ClippingMagic

Remove Any Image Background and Create a Perfect Silhouette in Minutes: ClippingMagic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

 

 


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A terrific, easy, and very useful bit of magic.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, September 2, 2013 11:22 AM

I know I can use this!

Alexis Tzormpatzakis's curator insight, September 4, 2013 10:01 AM

I always needed a fast way to do this. I hope it helps

Danniella Garces's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:09 PM

las quiero

 

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Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps ~ Socialbrite

Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps ~ Socialbrite | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Social media consulting for nonprofits
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This site gives a brief and very helpful sequence of steps in planning and producing a digital story from the point of view of a non-profit organization. The list of the main varieties of stories, credited to the Center for Digital Storytelling is particularly helpful.

The story about:

Someone important

An event in your life

An accomplishment

A place in your life

What I do

Recovery

Love

Discovery

 

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Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, June 15, 2013 8:19 AM

This article looks at digital storytelling as a means to tell one's life stories. Makes for an interesting read

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Flipped Day ~ Flipped Learning Network

Flipped Day ~ Flipped Learning Network | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Announcing Flip Your Classroom Day: A Global Initiative

September 6, 2013, the Flipped Learning Network™ hosts Flip Your Classroom Day. 

On 9-6-2013 educators across the globe will take a pledge to flip one lesson to experience Flipped Learning, with the expectation this leads to further flipped units or an entire course. Based on a survey conducted by the Speak Up National Research Project (Fall, 2012), we estimate that only 3% of teachers in the U.S. know about or "do" flipped learning. Yet  27% of principals indicated their teachers wanted to try it this year! So thank you for joining the growing ranks of educators who are moving from a teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered learning environment.

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