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  • Introduction To The FlipMany educators are beginning to become aware of the growing teaching method referred to as “Flipping The Classroom”. Simply put… the teacher provides videos for homework, while traditional home work is done in class under teacher supervision. Unfortunately this might be just too simplistic of a definition. Possible this is why using the words “simply put” may not be the best practice in explaining anything.Higher Level Thinking Skills… Two Way Interaction…. Formative Learning… 21st Century Skillsaction based authenticconnected and collaborativeinnovative high level engagingexperience basedproject based inquiry basedself actualizing

    tags: flipped_classrooms flipped_learning flippedclassroom SALC2013

    Exploring the potential of Flipped Learning

    The term Flipped Classroom has been a buzz word in education circles for a few years.
    The potential for improving classroom practice and engagement is partly why there are many innovative teachers adopting these methods into their classroom practice.

    See the links to resources to support your exploration.There are many examples of this being done successfully (with documentation of these journeys).

    JSSALC diggo links Flipped Learning

    Twitter hashtags #flippedclassroom and #flippedclass

    21stedtech has an excellent collection of resources (research and practical examples).

    Additionally, an infographic (for those who learn visually) explains the concept and impact succinctly. The statistics on improved student learning are mind blowing.

    Flipped Classroom

    Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

    If you would like to try this with your class please let me know. Happy to support.

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    Below are some QR Code Scavenger Hunts that I have designed to be fully printable and ready to use. As long as you have a wi-fi enabled smart device that can scan, you can use these ‘hunts’ to support student literacy skills.#1. QR Code Context Clue Scavenger Hunt  tags: QR_codes SALC2013 leqict

    Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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     Password generator

    “What is Password Bird?Password Bird is a password generator.Why should I use password bird?The bird generates random passwords from the information you provide. The result is a hard-to-guess word that is familiar and easy for you to remember.” tags: cybersafety InternetSafety passwords SALC201


    Newspapers from the 1700s–2000sOver 800 newspapers across the USMillions of additional pages added every month

    tags: SALC2013 newspapers inquiry research

    “Augmented reality is exactly what the name implies – a medium through which the known world fuses with current technology to create a uniquely blended interactive experience. While still more or less a nascent entity in the frequently Luddite education industry, more and more teachers, researchers, and developers contribute their ideas and inventions towards the cause of more interactive learning environments. Many of these result in some of the most creative, engaging experiences imaginable, and as adherence grows, so too will students of all ages.” tags: augmented_reality SALC2013

    Based on her experience, Bennett recommends these top 10 apps for use with elementary-school students:
    1. Google Earth: (all ages) Take a virtual field trip to anywhere through this app that uses global satellite and aerial imagery with a swipe of a finger.
    2. DoodleBuddy: (all ages) Students and teachers can use this across all content areas as a whiteboard equivalent to paint, draw, sketch and write.
    3. Story Buddy: (K-2nd) This app allows kids to create, read and share stories that they create with the iPad.
    4. Stack the States: (2nd-6th) An animated, game-based way to learn state locations, capitals, shapes, abbreviations and nicknames.
    5. Geocaching: (3rd-6th) In this global treasure hunting game, participants hide and seek containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share their adventures online.
    6. Numberland HD: (PK-1st) Twin heroes teach numbers using the Montessori Method.
    7. Corkulous: (2nd – 6th) This app allows students to collect, organize and share ideas through notes, labels and photos.
    8. iThoughtsHD: (3rd-6th) This mind-mapping tool can be used to sequence ideas, write mind-maps, organize thinking and assess interrelatedness.
    9. Coin Math: (K-3rd) Students learn both sides of a coin, how to add them and how to pay for something with the correct coins.
    10. StarFall ABC’s: (PK-1st) Students learn to recognize letters and develop skills as they begin to learn to read.
    For more information, see Bennett’s research website: tags: Ipads research SALC2013

    Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

    DIGITAL LEARNING DAY CHALLENGE: How are you changing your teaching and learning?

    Digital Learning Day is coming soon- 6th February 2013.

    See the Digital learning facebook page.

    Digital learning is also known as e-learning. One example of e-learning is flipped classrooms. This can take a variety of formats. Please ask me if you would like support with this.

    Currently, I am a participant in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)   E-Learning and Digital Culture. It is a coursera course – online courses run by various  universities around the world (and it is free!).

    This is the twitter feed.


    Great reading: Flip your classroom 

    See the website below for some resources to help you. “The Alliance develops toolkits to provide digital learning resources and ideas for teachers in specific subject areas. The tools and resources in these toolkits are not the totality of good information available; instead, they are designed to provide guidance on how technology and digital learning can enhance the educational experience and outcomes for all students. We continue to add to this collection and welcome any ideas, tools, models, or resources. Learn & Explore with these incredible toolkits!”

    Source Other resources

    See more about flipping the classroom at

    Techsmith flipped classroom

    Another valuable resource for Australian educators is The National Digital Learning Resources Network (Education Services Australia)

    Take the challenge, improve your learning, reach your students and have FUN!