Khan Academy, best known for its free online library of math video tutorials, is using the summer months to offer in-person teacher trainings in places like Chicago, New Orleans and Redwood City, California. That might seem strange for an organization whose mission is to leverage the Internet to offer high quality learning to anyone, but Khan Academy has been piloting ways to integrate their videos into classrooms are ready to share what they’ve learned.
The flipped classroom model generated a lot of excitement initially, but more recently some educators — even those who were initial advocates — have expressed disillusionment with the idea of assigning students to watch instructional videos at home and work on problem solving and practice in class. Biggest criticisms: watching videos of lectures wasn’t all … Continue reading Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos →
By Katrina Schwartz As the blended learning movement grows in the U.S., schools will need to experiment with what works best in different types of settings. There’s still a lot to learn about different types of blended learning models, and a new nonprofit called Silicon Schools will raise and invest $25 million toward that effort. … Continue reading What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment? →
By Ben Stern, EdSurge The enemy of innovation and growth is routine. These auspicious weeks before the school year commences are the perfect time to create a new routine that will ensure innovation in your instruction and growth as an instructor. Here are some idea for those who want to take advantage of these next … Continue reading Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School →
By Sarah Butrymowicz When Portland, Ore., elementary school teacher Sacha Luria decided last fall to try out a new education strategy called “flipping the classroom,” she faced a big obstacle. Flipped classrooms use technology—online video instruction, laptops, DVDs of lessons—to reverse what students have traditionally done in class and at home to learn. Listening to … Continue reading Can the Flipped Classroom Benefit Low-Income Students? →
By Shelley Wright I love the flip. I do. And I realize by saying this I’m making a controversial statement. I believe if used judiciously, in the right context, the flip can free up valuable class time and provide the background knowledge that is fundamental for students to then go forward and wrestle with higher … Continue reading The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It →