Students in my education technology class spent today at the Technology Learning Center here at Juniata College.  The spent the day making short films about opening a door and planning a mini-television program modeled on the “dating game”.  Justine Kobeski, the Assistant Director of Instructional Technologyat Juniata College demonstrated the finer points of planning, staging, and shooting short films and the students used what they learned to critique their own work.

Why?

These students recently learned the theory that underlies the flipped classroom paradigm.  Flipped lesson planning, developed by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams at Woodland Park High School, requires teachers to reimagine the techniques they use to present, extend, and refine content and skills they teach to their students.  In many traditional classrooms teachers present content in class and send students home with assignments designed to help them extend and refine what they learn.  In the flipped lesson paradigm, students learn the content at home with short videos collected or created by their teachers, then extend and refine what they learn during activities performed in the class.  The Khan Academy  and TED Talks are current leading providers of these type of content videos and serve as models for teachers that aspire to create their own. While the concept might not exact be new, emerging technologies might make this method a very useful tool for new teachers to possess.  The image below (full version available from – http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/) visualizes the flipped lesson paradigm.  Check this space soon for examples of my students’ work.

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