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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.

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Connected Learning

I’m been running a form of connected courses since the January-May 2015 semester here at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. I have this tendency to throw a new power tool into my teaching toolbox every January which has been happening for about five years now.  The list of courses I have setup is growing so much that I’m struggling to keep them maintained (see Alan’s tweet about needing an updater) and really should list all of them somewhere on the landing page for kenscourses.com. You can just find the current semester courses there now, go ahead and tweak the URLs to find the past semester.

I think the tool side has matured and is leaving room for more focus on making actual connections. I want to listen more than I want to be heard and that aligns with so much I’ve been reading, discussing and hearing about lately.

August Focus

So what am I focusing on this semester?

More love.

More love for and in teaching and learning.  Amy Collier spoke so well about this in our Virtually Connecting hallway conversation (joined that day by Stephen Downes). Just last week I had a (in-the-flesh) lunch conversation with my colleague Pille here on campus and we found a connection there that institutions (through fear) want to remove so much personal communication between students and teachers when we know that students (and teachers) need personal connections that allow us to feel the confidence and have the strength to struggle at this thing we call learning which can be so messy.

More Listening.

I’m known locally and in my network as the “flipping guy”. That label is descriptive in some ways but limiting in others (like most labels). For me the key to my flipped classroom is the flipping of responsibility for the learning. I talk less and listen more while guiding my students.  I think I’ve done a good job so far but need to push myself to be sure I am listening to the students that don’t have such a strong voice. This came up in another Virtual Connecting (see a pattern?) hangout which involved our first student participant: Andrew Rikard.

More Openness

I recently discovered the HybridPod podcast and gave all eleven episodes a listen while leaving the feed on my phone for further updates. The latest episode was about the concept of Openness in the context of sexual orientation and I applaud Chris Friend and his guests for being open about how important (and scary) that can be in a classroom environment.

Their discussion led me to consider how my sharing and interaction with my students online and in person needs to come from a context of me showing my own vulnerabilities when confronted with something new, uncomfortable or scary.

Lately I have found myself hanging out online with a group of educators that frankly intimidates me (see Bonnie‘s reply below). This is a new group and I’m the new kid on the block. I don’t know the language (all of my education is in computing science, not education) but I can be aware of my own deficiencies while also being aware of my strengths.

Going Native?

When the pendulum swings from teacher focus to student focus I wonder if my diving to deep into active participation will lead to a danger of going native? We’ll find out as I try to spend more time in the habitats of the Tec student.

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Thanks for People

Thanks Laura for pushing me to get a post out. You do amazing work (and intimidate the heck out of me) and I appreciate that. I love all the people that go out of their way to spend little moments of their day to help others.

Join the Discussion

Feel free to dive into the comments, reach me on Twitter or write up your own blog post and then share that with us.

 

 

 

 

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Aulas Fundación Telefónica

Nota: voy a tomar tiempo hoy/mañana durante el evento a poner otras ligas y detalles, si hay preguntas o peticiones, adelante en los comentarios.

Hace un par de meses me invitaron a presentar sobre aula invertida con maestras y maestros de escuelas públicas en la Ciudad de México.  Responder con un si fue muy fácil.

Invitación a una ponencia.
DM con Diego Sánchez

La Presentación

Ha dado varios talleres y pláticas sobre aula invertida en los últimos cuatro años pero normalmente en ingles. No es fácil para mi expresar mi pasión por aprendizaje en español pero me da un oportunidad de repensar como llevo las ideas a mis clases.

Me gusta mucho usar HaikuDeck (disponible en web y app de iOS) por su simplicidad y impacto visual.  La liga a la presentación en el sitio de HaikuDeck.

Videos

Cada presentación es dinámica. Prefiero conversar con los participantes y ajustar el ritmo a ellos. Por eso es posible que usamos uno o más de los siguientes videos.

https://youtu.be/pN2ZAGzRm5Q

OpenFlip

Desde hace dos años doy un curso (grátis y abierto) en linea estilo cMOOC (la ‘c’ es para conectivismo) y les invito acercar. El curso tiene mucho contenido en inglés pero estamos haciendo más esfuerza para mezclarlo con contenido en español. Más información conmigo directamente o en la página de proyecto.

Tweets

 

https://twitter.com/EliuthJezer/status/758693570085740544

 

Ahora es tu turno

No puedo enseñarlos #flipclass pero darles una vista mía y esperar que van a explorar y compartir la experiencia con otros. Les invito a acercar con otros maestras y maestros aplicando aula invertida en sus salones, es una comunidad grande.

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All the Things are New

One aspect that I particularly love about my institution where I work is our ability to move quickly and make changes. We had been using the same online system for teaching evaluations for quite a long time (perhaps a decade?) and made a change in format, questions, scale and focus this past year. The instrument actually changed again in January in reaction to the previous semester I assume. I did not play a role in the design of the instrument but did give my feedback on early versions before it was released. As always, the comments are the most important section of teaching evaluations.

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Si, en español

Creo que es mi primer post en el blog en español, la verdad debo publicar más así. Mi idioma nativo es el inglés pero con casi 21 años en México debo hacer más esfuerzo para comunicar en español. Cierto: bienvenida correcciones sobre mi gramática en los comentarios.

Curso de Flip

Ayer viernes y hoy estoy presentando sobre aula invertida (y aprendizaje invertido) con maestras (y unos maestros) del Instituto De La Vera-Cruz como parte de un diplomado del Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara.

Mi presentación está disponible en Haiku Deck.

Recursos

Como siempre, hablo sobre muchos recursos y herramientas y es difícil anotar las ligas para las maestras, incluyo varios aquí:

Blogging

Para escribir su blog, recomiendo usar WordPress. Tiene muchas ventajas que mencioné en el discurso como portabilidad, diseño y fácil (relativamente) para usar. Puedes hacer tu propio blog registrando en el sitio WordPress.com.

Otros opciones para investigar para su blog son Known y Blogger. Soy un gran fan de Known, es más sencillo y hay mucho más que decir sobre sistemas abiertos pero no necesariamente con este grupo. Blogger es de Google y mucha gente tiene experiencia con la plataforma. Personalmente prefiero WordPress y Known para razones distintos.

Hacer Videos

Trabajamos un poco en el salón con Camtasia (versiones para Mac y Windows). Es mi plataforma preferida por su interface simple y la habilidad de editar mis videos. No es gratis pero hay descuentos para académicos.

Otros opciones para computadora son: Screencast-o-matic y otro que estoy usando es Screencastify cual es un plugin para Google Chrome.

Hay varios apps para iPad/iPhone y Android para grabar videos. No lo ha usado mucho para otros maestros me han dicho que son fans de Explain Everything (iOS y Android) y EduCreations (iOS)

Libros

El libro original de Jon Bergmann y Aaron Sams está disponible en varios idiomas incluyendo español. El version en inglés tiene disponible los primeros tres capítulos para bajar.

Hay muchos otros libros cual ha leído yo y la verdad recomiendo a esos dos en partiicular:

Twitter y Social Media

Tengo una cuenta en Pinterest y puedes ver unas ligas sobre uso de social media en su salón de clases. Tiene pocas ligas, debo usar Pinterest un poco mas para ese fin de cultivar ligas a recursos.

Ha publicado unos entradas en mi blog sobre uso de Twitter y Facebook en mi salón. Aviso que están publicado en inglés.

Tenemos un grupo en Facebook para Flipped Learning Latin America.

Curso de OpenFlip

Ha ofrecido un curso en estilo cMooc desde hace 2 años. Es completamente en linea y grátis. Ultimamente fue de 8 semana pero lo vamos a reducir a 4 semanas. Al final del curso (si cumplen con el trabajo) voy a redactar una carta y reconocimiento para fines de pedir crédito con su trabajo como capacitación. El próximo curso empieza el 31 de mayo, para más información pueden ver la página de web de OpenFlip.

Videos que Vimos

Alumnos

Paola fue mi alumno de TC1017 en el semestre enero-may 2016.

El primer video es de Daniela y Pepe quienes fueron mis alumnos hace unos años (en solamente un curso TC1017). También estoy compartiendo una lista de otros alumnos del semestre agosto diciembre 2014.

Vimos el video con Eduardo en el salón y también viene en una lista de videos de otros alumnos.

Keith Hughes

Vimos el video de Keith Hughes (@hiphughes en Twitter). También tiene varios videos sobre “teaching” y un excelente video de como hacer #flipclass, lo incluyo abajo:

Jonathan Thomas-Palmer

Pueden ver el sitio de Jon sobre Flipping Physics, tiene muchos recursos para alumnos y maestros.

Vimos dos videos en particular, el primero para alumnos de como ver videos de #flipclass

Y otro en su series de tips sobre como hacer videos #flipclass:

Derek Muller

Vimos el siguiente video de Derek Muller (famoso por el canal de YouTube Veritasium) sobre su trabajo de doctorado en hacer videos de física para alumnos:

Recomiendo también su video “This Will Revolutionize Education”:

Twitter Chats

Hicimos una prueba con Twitter Chat usando la etiqueta de #aulainvertida.

Hay muchos chats sobre varios tópicos de educación cada día de la semana.

Cada lunes a las 7pm hora local de Guadalajara (realmente 8pm hora de nueva york y cambia con cambia de horario) tenemos el chat de #flipclass. Sigue ese etiqueta entre 7pm y 8pm para conocer gente del area.

También cada 15 días hay un chat de #mexedchat los lunes a las 8pm. Hay uno hoy 23 de mayo.

La Tarea

Si, la tarea tiene fecha limite de 31 de mayo. Deben publicar escrito y en formato de video su reflexión sobre aula invertida. Puede ser tan simple la entrega con ligas a los documents (escrito y el video) a su Dropbox o otro plataforma similar. Recomiendo altamente un intento a publicar en YouTube y su trabajo escrito en un entrada de blog.

Gracias

Siempre es un placer trabajar y aprender con otros maestras y maestros. Agradezco mucho la invitación de compartir con ustedes y espero que estamos en contacto. Me pueden encontrar aquí en mi blog, en Facebook, en Twitter, en Pinterest y por correo electrónico (kenbauer at gmail punto com).

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A Year of Inspiration

Update: I did not win the prize but I win by having the support of great colleagues and students with whom I work everyday.

Thank you for all of the support from my colleagues.
Thank you for all of the support from my colleagues.

A note about this post

This is a slightly modified version of the letter I wrote to apply for an award for “Inspirational Professor”.  I’ve done some reformatting for the blog format but the content is the same as what I sent to the awards committee.

How I created more impact on students by paying more attention to teachers.

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I wish to leave the main petition for my application as an inspirational professor in the words (and hands) of my colleagues that I worked with over the past years and in particular for the purposes of this award in 2014. You will find letters of recommendation from my colleagues in the folder labeled professors. Some of these are professors from Campus Guadalajara, others are professors from other campuses or staff working in support of educational innovation at the Tecnológico de Monterrey.  A colleague from outside of our system also sent a short note which I choose to include since it shows the impact my writing and sharing has on educators and students globally.  I implore you to read those letters since there is no better way to show support for my inspiring of teachers than from the hand of those teachers themselves.

Note that these letters referenced above are not linked here since I didn’t request permission to publish those. If I do get permission, I will include those here too.

Nevertheless, I should leave a list here of my accomplishments during the calendar year 2014. Much of this can be gleaned from my curriculum vitae (long and short versions included in my submission) but those documents tend to be cold without leaving intent or a story with it. More of the story can be found in my twenty six blog posts in 2014.  Much of my preparation of this letter was aided by a review of those posts. Most are academic in nature and related to my work in education but a few of those posts may be related to general life. Feel free to skip the ones that do not interest you.

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Constant Iteration

My method of planning is very much based off a constant iteration process. I’ve been teaching delivering classes for 20 years now in mostly the same location so I have the luxury of those experiences (and contact with colleagues) to pull from.

So I iterate each semester. I use what worked the past semester and throw out (or re-tool) what did not. Each end of semester whether summer or Christmas is a reflecting time for me.

Pick One (or two) Changes

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I often make a large change each year and sometimes even each semester. Last January I switched to full-on flipped master (see post here),  and this year I made a massive switch to fully open content in the style of a #connectedCourse (see blog post here).

Learn from Others

I am the teacher #facilitatorOfLearningExperiences that I am from working and talking with so many colleagues in my institution as well as the large internet (thank you Twitter). The time I spend on networking with other teachers is more important than time spent looking for yet-another-assignment.

Find people that interest you or that will at least listen and answer your questions on teaching. Don’t be shy, get out there and blog/tweet/network.

How do you Plan?

Your turn, what is your planning process?

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Communication is Key

I am a big believer in the Flipped Classroom and the focus on “the best use of classroom time” as Jon Bergmann (and many others) describes it.

For my classes and in particular my style of working with my students I find that the time outside of the classroom is equally important. The issue becomes how to keep connected with each other outside.

I’ve used many tools for this over the past 20 years or so:

On to Twitter

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I want the ability for my students to express their ideas and calls for help to the entire class (and course since I usually teach multiple groups) as well as the world at large.

We use a hashtag (#TC1014 and #TC1017 for the courses this semester) to communicate about the class. Students often send me direct messages (DMs) as well but I am trying to encourage them to be more open.

Is it Working?

I tried this in previous semesters and it did not “stick”. I think the reason is that I offered other options like the course LMS and a Facebook group for each course. Now this is the main option and (some) students are using it.

Here is one example, note the communication using images (screenshots) as well as the time stamps here. I can’t be sure but some other students might have learned from this conversation and I used this example of communication in class time to stress the importance of:

  • Asking for help is okay.
  • Asking in public increases the chances that others will answer.
  • Showing details (screenshots or links to code) is important.

Permission before Posting

By-the-way, I asked Samir if I could post this conversation.

How are you using Twitter?

Your turn now. Is Twitter useful for you with your students or in your professional practice as an educator? Let us know in the comments.

 


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