Monday, 17 April 2017

How to effectively Flip your classroom today!

'Flipped Classroom', 'Blended learning' and 'Student engagement' are just some of the Keywords that have been flying around. Many more educators are now embracing these forms of lesson design and plan accordingly, but we are still seeing a technological gap.

Not everyone finds every aspect of flipping a lesson easy or user friendly. There are literally thousands of edtech tools and many are complex and/or useless when we talk about using them to flip the teaching.

Flipping the classroom or a blended learning model is at the most basic level switching the instructions previously given in class to home via online tools(Such as video and research tools) leaving more time in class to dive into the understanding and application of the learned concepts.

Many countries and their respective curriculum are switching to 'deepening' the understanding of concepts and talk about 'mastery'. A Blended model allows the teacher to do just this as differentiation is made easier and students come to class, ready with questions to extend their learning.

Sound great! Where do I start?

Well, if you are looking for an ALL-IN-ONE Solution, I would suggest looking into Flipasaurus. The video below will outline all its key features and show you how you can use this in your class today!

Some key Features you can use within Flipasaurus are:

- Uploading Private Content

- Upload Public Content
- Set Expiration Dates to content
- Check Views
- Link outside of the platform
- Easily create QR-Codes
- Create and Host Podcasts
- Embed the content onto Virtual Learning Environments
- Free and Advertisement free!

Let me know what your thoughts are on this powerful platform to 'flip' your classroom and introducing a 'flipped' or 'blended' model.
Are you ready to try this? What are the key benefits of using a blended model? What is stopping you from trying it? What do you see as the main hurdles to overcome when introducing this model?

If you would like to learn more about this form of teaching and implementing it into your class you can check out Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by the International Society for Technology in Education or their most recent publication: . Flipped Learning for Elementary Instruction

Also check out the many great resources on the following website:

And never forget!
Creativity is intelligence having fun. -- Albert Einstein

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Resources for my class created in Google Drawings!

It has been a busy couple of weeks and I have been very busy planning and creating resources for some upcoming topics in my class.
As you might already know, I am a huge fan of programmable robots and especially bee-bots and thus have created some new Bee-bot mats to use with my students.

I also needed some new Bee-bot rulers as well as some other resources, so I figured making my own would be the easiest thing to do. I made all these, using Google Drawings and you can see some of the results here:

First up my Bee Bot rulers:
Now these had to be exactly 15 cm to work so I had to create two separate Drawings documents.
- 1 Document for the ruler with the exact dimensions being 15 cm x 2 cm and another document A4 size.Once the rulers had been created it was as simple as copying one image onto the second document. (Yes, I'll probably make a 1 min tech tip video on this)

You can download your own copy of these rulers by clicking on the image. Also, if you choose to download this file. I would really appreciate some feedback and/or ratings ;-) 

As for the other resources I made I focused on two upcoming topics in particular; Pirates and Space.
For both topics I went ahead and created vocabulary cards and a Colourful Bee-bot mats to use in class. 

The Space Mat contains a selection of objects the bee-bot can navigate to and this will help the students not only develop their necessary spoken language skills but also their understanding of how Algorithms work and are used in real life.

The card included contain a large section of images alongside key vocabulary that will be introduced such as; asteroid, planet names and many more.

You can find the file to use in your own classrooms, on my TPT Store by clicking on the image or link.

As I continued to plan for this topic I decided that having a focus on debugging and writing down the algorithms would be beneficial to my students at this point in time as they need a little more practice especially in the area of  'debugging'.

This prompted me to create Space Task cards on which the students can plan, write and debug their sequence of instructions used with the bee-bot.

These too are available as a Free download.

The final topic I planned some Bee-bot lessons for is on pirates. Not only does this topic introduce a range of new vocabulary it is great for directional work and using treasure maps to explore North, East, South and West. The Bee-bot needed an interesting and easy to use mat so I made the following using nothing but Google Drawings:

Click the image or link to find it in my TPT store.

As I continue to create more resources I will write another post and share more of the creation process in future videos. Hopefully you enjoy using these resources as much as I did creating them and once I have used them in class, I will write a follow-up blog post on the different activities and how the students responded to them.