My Audio Feed

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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.

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Closer to the Heart

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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.

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Control, FOLE, Pedagogy and Hugs

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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:

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Connected and Going Native?

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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.

 

 

 

 

Aula Invertida en Una Hora

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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.

https://www.haikudeck.com/p/42e4d6a1c6

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.

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/aziyade7/status/758693373779648512

 

https://twitter.com/DannyFH7/status/758696880683438080

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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Online Organization and Sharing

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FlipCon16 Workshop

I’m leading a FlipCon 16 workshop on the topic of online organization and sharing with Cara Johnson this year in the morning and afternoon. We are expecting participants to come with questions, problems and solutions so that we can work together to create together.  In other words, this is not a “sit and get” session or a talk.

Your Data, your Sharing, your Platform

What type of data are you looking to share and where are you looking to share it?

Ken has experience on various Learning Management System platforms including Moodle, Blackboard, Schoology.  Even if I have not used your platform, I am a nerd and systems person and I installed and have maintained a Moodle install for my colleagues since about 2003. Throw any problem my way and we can work it out together.

The main data I share and the locales for that data are:

  • Images and (some) video: I mainly share on Flickr since I can define the license I release them under as well as choose to keep some private (for my own archival purposes) as well as others public (so others can find and remix them). Do you know how to search on Flickr and give credit for the media you find there?
  • Videos: I mainly share screencasts as well as auto-published Google Hangouts on Air sessions to YouTube.
  • Mixed media content: My platform of choice is a blog and in particular WordPress (like this blog you are on now). You can use the free (or pay for extras) version at WordPress.com or use any of many hosting services to host your own blog using the open source WordPress.org software. If you want a recommendation of where to host, I highly recommend ReclaimHosting, they have excellent support and are educators that know what we need. Tell them Ken Bauer sent you.
    I actually have this personal blog as well as various other blogs for each of my classes and projects that I participate on. I find WordPress extremely friendly and flexible in order to mold it to what I need it for.
  • Audio: I don’t share a lot of audio, but I have shared some on SoundCloud so you may want to look there as an option.
  • Code: I am a software engineer and teach undergraduate software engineering and programming so I highly recommend GitHub and they have education accounts and resources.

What Else are you Sharing?

How else can we help you today? Let us know.

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Welcome/Bienvenidos – OpenFlip Spring 2016

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OpenFlip is English/Spanish

originally posted at http://kenscourses.com/OpenFlipSpring2016/instructors/welcomebienvenidos/

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Alternating paragraphs of English/Spanish here since we have a mixed audience. I invite corrections to my Spanish (or English). We plan (and always have with OpenFlip) to support work in both English and Spanish since Ken and April are native speakers of English with enough Spanish to work with teachers in both languages. Feel free to pursue this course in your language of choice or even try interacting with participants in both languages.

Párrafaros alternando aquí de inglés y español. Invito corregir mi español (o inglés). Tenemos planeado (y siempre ha sido así con OpenFlip) dar soporte en inglés y español dado que Ken y April tienen inglés como su lengua nativo con suficiente nivel en español para trabajar con maestros en los dos idiomas. Están bienvenidos en participar en el curso en cualquier de los dos idiomas o incluso dar el reto de interactuar con participantes con los dos.

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Teaching Evaluation Comments: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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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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