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Flipping the Classroom at TiE2013
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on January 26, 2013 0 comments
A week ago, we facilitated a workshop at the Technology in Education conference (TiE2013) in Holyoke, MA. The workshop was organized by the Collaborative for Educational Services (http://www.collaborative.org) and the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (http://www.masscue.org). The conference was well-attended by many enthusiastic educators.

Our workshop was entitled "Flipping, Blending and Collaborating in the Classroom". The intent was to introduce the concept of Flipping the Classroom and then get right into a hands-on, team-based project to get the adult educators immersed in Project-based Learning (PBL), which is a key component of Flipping the Classroom. Traditionally, Flipping the Classroom means recording lectures for students to watch at home and then working on homework in class with the teacher's assistance. That can be a great start to changing the dynamics in the classroom and perhaps better engaging students, but I like to think of Flipping the Classroom as "Doing whatever it takes to change the classroom dynamics to better engage the students and get them to Think, Create and Work in Teams". 

Why do I define it this way? Well, my goal is to get students to learn more, achieve more and be better prepared for the world out there. The best way to achieve this, in my opinion, is to develop independent thinkers and proactive doers who can take calculated risks and work with others. My experience has shown that these types of people create more successes in life and work. These are the superheroes I strive to hire and work with. These are the individuals who seem to be the happiest, because they take control of their own lives and destinies.

So, Flipping the Classroom means getting away from a classroom where teachers tell students what to do, where students just follow the rules and try to complete tasks that are assigned to them. This is a machine that designs a process for students to follow that will result in a predictable outcome of defined success. That's ok to maintain the status quo, but it does not allow for innovation and advancement. It is not adaptable and progressive

I want more out of my students, whether they be beginning computer users, budding writers or entrepreneurs in my classes or employees at my company. 

That's why we conducted this 2-hour experiential workshop. That's why we received feedback from attendees like this:

I enjoyed your presentation on Thursday, and found the experience of making my own instructional video more helpful than I anticipated it to be." - Middle School Math Teacher

"Learning a new program #30Hands to create tutorials for flipped #English or #Humanities classes #edtech #TiE2013" - High School Teacher

"The #30Hands workshop was excellent #edtech #elearning" - High School Teacher


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