Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Flipping Your Technology PD!

So, I am inspired by the 'flipping the classroom' concept (and Mr. Carter who is going to try to start flipping his classroom) that I am going to start flipping your tech pd. I have created a few screencasts to get you started. (sorry about my voice, still getting used to it). These screencasts are about making screencasts! We all have the capabilities to make screencasts on our school computers. All you need is a headset with a microphone that you can get from the media center (we have plenty). In any case, to make it even easier for you, I have set up a little workstation in my office at the MHS (behind the media center) that has all of the tools you need including a web cam, microphone a bamboo writing pad if you need to use a pen (math teachers).

Flipping/blended learning/hybrid classes was a huge topic at MassCue this year. The flipped classroom is a model of teaching in which a student’s homework is the traditional lecture viewed outside of class on a vodcast. Then class time is spent on inquiry-based learning which would include what would traditionally be viewed as a student’s homework assignment. (University of Colorado) 

Here is a great infographic explaining a Flipped Classroom.


Flipped Classroom
Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

I am going to start flipping the PD so I can reach all of the teachers in the district. Please email me or comment on this post about things you would like to learn about.


Here is my first screencasts and a link to my YouTube account to view the others (every teacher has a YouTube account associated with their google accounts).



Thanks! Sarah

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MHS iPad Pilot Website



We have launched the MHS iPad Pilot Website where we will be posting updates, lessons, apps and more. Please check it out at https://sites.google.com/a/wbschools.com/ipads/

So far the first month in the pilot has been a success. I have met with all of the pilot teachers and most have started using the iPads. The students have really enjoyed using them because, as they have told me, they feel like they are 'playing'. There is some great learning going on and I encourage you to take a look at the Classroom Updates section of the website.