Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Blog Search and Review (Mining the Web Project #2)

What I learned from the Flipped Classroom Resources on Mrs. Parker Ponders:

I found the articles and blog entries that we were asked to read, to be helpful starting points when deciding whether or not to "flip" your classroom.  I thought that the Pro and Con blog entry from edutopia was very helpful in that just like any lesson, there will be positives and setbacks that can occur.  I learned that you definitely need to have a solid reason behind why you would flip your classroom and that you also need to understand how much time is going to be involved in creating your videos, editing them, and posting them to make available to students.

I found the videos to be much more meaningful for me, just because I am a much more visual learner.  The second video "I flip, you flip, we all flip" video was by far the most comprehensive and useful video I've seen to help someone flip their classroom.  The speaker talks you through examples of why a person might want to partially or completely flip their classroom, shows you some of the equipment that you can start off with, and even how to do some basic video and green screen editing.  I've been wanting to do some flipped classroom lessons, and this is a video that I'm probably going to watch a couple of times, just because I thought it was so well done, and I enjoy the energy and passion that the speaker presented to the audience.

Blog Articles Researched:

  • http://www.edutopia.org/blog/5-tips-flipping-pbl-classroom-andrew-miller
  • http://www.edutopia.org/blog/rethinking-the-flipped-classroom-idit-harel-caperton
What I learned from the blogs that I researched:

I chose the first blog because I mainly teach in a Project Based Learning approach.  Nearly everything I teach is to create a final product.  I wanted to see if there were any differences in flipping a classroom for a PBL class, but a lot of what I read would apply to most flipped classroom concepts.  You should be making shorter and more descriptive videos, making your activities collaborative, and keeping the product at the center of attention throughout all of the learning activities.

I chose the second blog entry because I always like to hear the counter argument for a teaching strategy and what "flipping" a classroom is not.  This blog brings up a lot of good points that make you think exactly about why you are wanting to flip your classroom.  Is it because you are trying to provide the same learning in several different formats and for learners of different abilities, or are you simply trying to hide behind the screen and make your students watch videos instead of having you demonstrating concepts.  Are you trying to use technology in the classroom just for the sake of technology, or is the technology actually bringing you enhanced learning opportunities that you otherwise wouldn't have?  These are all good questions that any teacher should be asking themselves prior to deciding whether or not they are going to flip their classroom and what they are wanting their students to accomplish.