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.
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.
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:
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.
Como siempre, hablo sobre muchos recursos y herramientas y es difícil anotar las ligas para las maestras, incluyo varios aquí:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
Every week at 5pm Pacific and 8pm Eastern (US time zones), we get together for a chat on Twitter using the #flipclass hashtag, please feel free to join us or just watch (get your toes wet) and go through your own crawl/walk/run stages at your own pace (shoutout to @NancyWhite for the crawl/walk/run).
My classrooms are very student-centred whether I am working with my undergraduate students or my faculty colleagues. This is really a rough outline and I hope, expect and encourage you to push our workshop in the direction that works best for all of you.
Note: this is an excerpt (my portion with slight edits) of a post originally at http://personal.gda.itesm.mx/clubinnovacion/2015/04/11/edpuzzle-and-blogging/
Blogging with WordPress
Yesterday I presented about WordPress as well as why and how our faculty and staff could use it.
If anyone would like to create a blog on campus, contact Ken who is administering our local installation of WordPress. You can contact Ken for the technical as well as creative/content sides of blogging via email at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting your blog (if you are the self-learning type) or make an appointment to spend 30 minutes with Ken so he can sit down with you in person and help you get started. You can make an appointment using Ken’s appointment system.
My goal as a facilitator of educational experiences is focused on creating a sharing culture where students not only take responsibility for their own educational pace but also contribute to the learning of their peers. The first half of this session is sharing the technology and techniques I use to foster this environment inside and outside of my classroom.
I view my main task as getting my students excited about learning computing science to increase their chances of a successful student and professional life. I still need to create formative and summative assessments to ensure they are prepared for the courses that follow. I use common tools as well as my own custom testing platform for in my courses. In the second half of this session, I will share those tools and experiences with the audience. The tools I use could be easily adapted to all levels and topics.
Please watch the videos and include in the survey (see below) form your comments or questions about my students’ experiences with a Flipped Mastery classroom.
Please fill out the survey if you plan to attend (or even if you don’t) my session at FlipCon15.
I am a transplanted Canadian that has been living and teaching in Zapopan, Jalisco, México for most of the past twenty years at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara.
I have always focused on giving my students broad learning around the content of the course in question as well as pushing them to be active and visible in their academic and social pursuits.
Three years ago I was introduce to Flipped Classroom and jumped on that bandwagon not so much to change my classroom but because I felt that this “way of teaching” validated how I already ran my classrooms. The most important part of Flipped Learning for me is the community of educators that I follow and how we can help each other become better at our craft of guiding our students on their learning journeys.
Lately I’ve been leading colleagues in their discovery of Flipped Learning as one of many tools in their educator toolbox.
I’m currently offering a course on Flipped Learning in a connected courses format. In the past (and future) I gave courses on blogging with WordPress, tools for formative assessment, tools for writing research (LaTeX, bibliography management), software development and collaboration.
This leads me to my finding of the connected courses community. As usual I latched onto the ideas of others since I have no problem standing on the shoulders of giants. So my courses have been moved to a connected course system. I happen to be a practicing systems administrator (LAMP in general) so I let to get “under the hood” and control the environment my way.
Why I am Here?
I love expanding my circle of friends and colleagues and especially with those working in domains that I don’t encounter everyday. I hope to share my ideas as well as gain from the ideas of others. Currently I am looking to push my research forward in the area of education (I am a Computer Scientist formally) and am struggling at how to get that area of research kicked off.
Since January 2014 I have a policy where all homework assignments (of which I have two types) are all due on the last day of classes. So this semester that will be at 5:30pm (local time in Guadalajara) on May 6th, 2015.
Are you Serious?
Yes, this works and here is Why
I’ve thought a lot about why students do not hand in homework early (well humans in general). The answer lies in following the incentives.
In most classes (including mine until about 5 years ago) there was no reason to hand in assignments early. Let us list the advantages:
You feel good about yourself
The teacher (if she notices) thinks you are amazing.
ummm. can’t think of anything else
Now, let’s list the reasons students wait until the last minute:
That physics/calculus/computing teacher that always screws up the homework problem and it turns out the problem was impossible to solve. Haha, that funny teacher #someoneShootMeForWastingHours
The teacher that always extends the deadline when they notice that nobody has done it yet (vicious cycle anyone?)
If I wait until all of my friends do it, they can help me
I get a buzz off that last minute rush
I could think of more, but this blog post is due soon……
Let’s Flip the Due Dates
See what I did there? Yeah, I’m hilarious under a #flashBlog time crunch. Instead of having students base their schedule on “What’s due tomorrow so I can start today?”, I want them to move towards “What is available that I can work on now?”
Well yeah and it works pretty well. I want to talk about this in much more detail at my FlipCon15 talk in Michigan so I’m saving all of the “good stuff” for then.
I sure hope that gets accepted. Details, details.
So, am I nuts? Are my students lining up to lynch me for yet another serious of crazy experiments from their Canadian teacher here in México? Let me know!