Posted by: Navy Teacher | April 20, 2012

Flipped Out! Great information for moving your lessons on-line

I had the opportunity to converse (via Skype) with a teacher who has 40 years of experience.  You might think that a teacher with 40 years experience is not up-to-date with the latest/greatest technology that can be utilized in the classroom.  That would be my first thought and in this case, I was pleasantly surprised.

The teacher has been utilizing the ‘flipped classroom’ concept for the past eight years.  She decided to transition to a flipped classroom when she was preparing a lesson on the Vietnam War.  The textbook the course utilized only had one and half pages of information.  She figured that she could find more information on her own.  She designed a lesson that could be taught on-line and from there her passion for creating on-line lessons only blossomed.

Until this year, she had been using the Google website design called Google Sites.  A teacher can use Google Sites to create a website for their classroom that can also serve as a platform for a flipped classroom.  She has transitioned to a new site called Haiku Learning Management System.  The site has the ability to create wiki projects and eportfolios.  It also allows teachers to create homework and assessments to include grading assignments.  There is also a drop box manager that allows teachers to annotate assignments like homework or assessments.

She shared another great resource called Hippo Campus.  This website provides some great lesson plans for various content areas that include: math, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  The website also includes Advanced Placement lessons.  One drawback for this particular site is the fact that it doesn’t have Global History lessons.

Yet another resource that she provided was Quia.    With this website, teachers can create quizzes and tests that are graded instantly.  Teachers can also create interactive activities that are informative and fun for students.

The teacher I talked to uses a diigo account that helps her keep track of important sites that she shares with her students.  It’s a site that my education technology teacher has shared with our class.

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to talk to a veteran teacher who understands the importance of incorporating technology in her classroom.  Her experiences help fortify my belief that the flipped classroom is the way of the future.  Actually, for some teachers it has already become the norm.

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Responses

  1. You know, from my experience, I have often found that it is indeed the more experienced (often older) teachers who use new learning tools much more and more effectively than the younger, new teachers who you’d assume would be more comfortable and knowledgeable with new tech tools. The notion of the digital immigrant and digital native really doesn’t hold that much water when it comes to real learning.

    Glad you had an informative discussion!

    • Yes, it was a great conversation and I am fortunate to have yet another savvy veteran to turn to thanks to the Skype session. It was definitely a rewarding experience.


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