I truly believe that reflection or looking back is an important part of our learning process. Taking time for reflection allows me to connect what I’ve learned in the past with my plans going forward. I’m reminded again of why I changed the title of my blog to “Connecting is Learning” and will once again give credit to that change to my good friend Laura Goglia who has been a key influencer on my this past year. Follow through her tweet to her post and you can even read my comment on that blog post or you can just go straight to her post “Lessons Learned 2016”.
Continue reading “Looking Back, Objects in the Rear View Mirror”
This is support for my short 15 minute presentation at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Innovation in Education (my translation to English) in Mexico City on December 13, 2016.
Tools of the Trade
I’ve written before about my work with various tools, the focus lately is on student blogging and using a FeedWordPress setup to create a connected course where my students (and anyone else) can view the syndicated posts of the students in a single place.
Continue reading “Giving Students an Authentic Voice”
Flipping, Que es Flipping?
Vamos empezando la sesión con una presentación y discusión sobre realmente que es Flipping y que no es Flipping.
Sigue un presentación sobre mi aventura personal con mis alumnos de #flipclass
Sigue con o que estoy pensando ultimamente sobre desarrollo profesional de profesores:
Hay un versión en video sobre de “Innovation Relationships” en la página de FlipCon 2016 Australia por ClickView.
Continue reading “Diplomado en Innovación Educativa – Flipped Learning”
Post Conference Reflections
I was away for four days of classes last week but I left work for my #TC101 #TC1019 and #TC2027 classes. They shouldn’t miss my presence in front of the room since I’m not the focus of the class. Some of those students embrace that fact but some are still reaching to grok what I mean by this student-centred and flipped (in the sense of flipping roles) classroom.
I know, it is difficult, it is messy, but as my good friend (now I actually met her in person) Laura Gogia says it right on the title of her blog “Messy Thinking“. I was able to rename this blog to “Connecting is Learning” through her influence and that of many other amazing educators at (and not at but present through the wonders of Virtually Connecting) #OpenEd16 in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Students are People
Continue reading “More than Rescue the Semester”
Connections, the Travel
This week I had the privilege to attend the 13th Annual Conference on Open Education in Richmond, VA, U.S.A. This post is to thank those that contributed to me being there. I will get to explaining the title below, read on please.
Continue reading “#OpenEd16 The Normals”
Podcasts are in my earbuds.
I had a request weeks ago from my colleague Ivan here on campus and I’ve been meaning to write this for months. So here goes my list of podcasts currently on my Android phone. For those interested, I have the paid version of BeyondPod. I honestly don’t remember what benefits the paid version gives but I tend to purchase apps (and services) that I use often to give support for creators.
I list the categories in the order of my playlist algorithm. News comes first since I want to hear those as close to release as feasible. If not, they would be “olds” then anyway. I list the podcasts within each category in alphabetical order as they appear on my device.
Continue reading “My Audio Feed”
Many of my students are using Mac OS X on their laptops so I offer this video on how to setup Python3 through Homebrew.
Continue reading “Python3 and Mac”
Videos on Demand
My flip classroom does not include many videos. I create a video at the start (well, usually the start) of each week for each course to let them know what’s going to happen that week and what they should focus on.
I much prefer video on demand which matches the style of my classroom being focused on what each individual student needs.
Continue reading “Windows, Cygwin and Python3”
I “Heart” Education
So perhaps I keep coming back to this same theme about relationships in education and that relates to (finally) getting around to changing the title of my blog to #ConnectingIsLearning. If you don’t want to read about passion for education, move on to another blog or post.
Continue reading “Closer to the Heart”
Students, Teachers and Control
Control is a curious word. Many of my colleagues at the Tecnológico de Monterrey know me as “that flipping teacher” which comes from my embracing #flipclass four years ago and evangelizing that approach to colleagues on campus, across the system as well as nationally and internationally.
Yes, #flipclass has been good to me but it tends to pigeonhole me with that label. I do so much more in my classroom (connected classrooms, #oer, giving my students voice, active learning) which I consider going beyond flipped class. I really should blog more about my classroom. Hmm.
The key component of #flipclass to me and the most important “flip” for me is the flip of responsibility in the classroom. I want my students to take control of their learning while I slide into a role as a guide and mentor. Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams talk about this in their book “Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day”
Guide on the side and not the sage on the stage.
— Bergmann and Sams
Another inspiration on my pedagogy is Keith Hughes (@hiphughes on Twitter), go search out his #TeacherTips which should become coffee table books for teacher’s lounges. One key concept I take from Keith is the term “Facilitator of Learning Experiences”. I love that expression and use it often to explain my role in the classroom.
I would prefer you go watch and listen to Keith explain this:
Continue reading “Control, FOLE, Pedagogy and Hugs”