Flipped Classroom

Here is the link to my Flipped Classroom

I started my process by creating a power point on my topic which for this lesson is absolutism in France.

I then imported the power point in to windows movie maker and added a narration to the slides of me going over the lecture.

I then uploaded it to YouTube then used educanon to add questions to the end of my project.

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Reaction: Build a School in the Cloud

This video was looking at the idea of the Sole program which says that based upon all of the knowledge built over the course of human history there is no need to spend time in school learning it when we can just google it. The time that would have been spent in school learning everything that has already been learned we start where they left off and school should be reformed so that we are allowed to progress further and look towards new ideas instead of focusing on old ones.

I think that this is a very interesting idea because it certainly would promote innovation and new discoveries. Maybe we would find the cure for cancer if we spent less time learning the cell cycle we have known about for years and start with the idea of a cure.

As a history teacher I see some cons as my entire profession is based upon learning what we already know. I would have a hard time seeing how this could totally be reevaluated to change how history is taught. I feel that perhaps it would be more of a shift towards discussions of what would have happened if this had happened or because we know this caused this how can we use that to prevent it from happening again.

I think that technology is truly changing the face of the world and with that education is changing. This means that how we teach and prepare people for the world is going to change. The question is how open are we going to be to changes when we have been so set in our ways of teaching for so long?

ExtraCurricular Empowerment: Reaction Post

After watching this video my first response was of course I can’t believe that other countries get real plates for their school lunches and my second response was the overall shock at the level of hypocrisy at the education world and  their views on technology. Right now it seems like it is a race to see which school system can say they have newest and best technology in the hands of their students. The reality is that yes these students do have access to this tech but they can’t really use it because the school more than likely blocks every website besides blackboard known to man.

When I was in high school every student was issue a laptop that was theirs to keep for the school year. Most of us called them craptops and used them as locker shelves. Not only were they the cheapest laptops available so they were almost always broken but other than blackboard and maybe brainpop we couldn’t access anything. I remember one day my teacher petitioned to allow access to youtube for a school day so we could watch videos about something that I have long since forgotten but since the whole school had youtube for a day nothing productive got done because everyone was glued to it doing things they normally couldn’t because for once those computers actually had some use.

This whole idea of a world class technology driven school that allows students to reach new levels not before had with textbooks and chalkboards is great but what are these students really going to accomplish if all they can do is access blackboard and wait for Mr. Jones to do his WWII unit every year so they can watch youtube for a day.

From what I have seen doing observation in schools recently the administration has all but given up on keeping phones out of the hands of kids so clearly they can get on Facebook and Snapchat anyway so why not just let them have open range to the internet? I have talked about this before but find ways to let it work for you. Let kids get creative about what is important to them. Think of how much more exciting and engaging the annual SCA elections would be if Facebook was involved? Or if the kids could Snapchat their field trip to the whole school? If you are going to embrace technology embrace technology not look at it behind 6 inch bullet proof glass.

Social Media: Personal v. Professional

I currently work in a school and my students came to me one day asking me about my dogs. I had no idea how they knew I had two dachshunds and then I realized my Facebook profile picture was of me and my dogs and if you googled my name it was in the first line of images. I immediately went through and changed my privacy settings. I am also making a point to go through my twitter account and remove personal affects and make it more professional.

In the social networking world it is important to understand that there is a personal and a private world. I think that it would do good to make students understand this from a young age. Perhaps as part of a curriculum framework academic only social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter could be created for each student. That way students could practice separating the two worlds and understand the time and place for personal v. professional content. Students could either totally disregard their academic accounts or they could transition them into full blown professional accounts that can be used for college or a job in the future after they graduate. I think learning these life skills early would be beneficial on multiple levels.

Social Media — Maybe We Can Use This Thing!

I remember my first day of AP Government in 12th grade with Mrs. Hull and she said that at the end of the year she would be at graduation and after we walked across that stage we would be free to wave to her and add her on Facebook. I along with most everyone else in that class did because we had grown close to her and we also added several other teachers. Through the years I have kept up with them and they I. I am even Facebook friends with my teacher who I had for kindergarten and first grade. These connections came in handy when I decided to enter the teaching field but social media was still pretty young when I was in high school (I joined Facebook in 2006 when you still had to be invited!).

We realize now that social media has a huge impact on our lives but what does it mean for the classroom? On an academic level I feel that it could be very beneficial if used correctly. Teachers could utilize sites such as Facebook and Twitter to their advantage by creating class pages or twitter accounts. Students could like their particular page so it comes up on their news feed or they could follow each class on twitter. Teacher’s could post daily announcement’s and homework assignments on the page. The teacher could even interact with their students this way if they were home sick. Or perhaps in a government class the teacher could require the students like the president’s page or congress’s page or follow them on twitter so the student had access in a way that appealed to them instead of reading a textbook.

At this point it is pointless to try and keep social media out of the classroom. Most schools now have an open phone policy where the kids have them out every day. It might even be easier to get their attention if while they were checking their news feed to see who Cheryl is going to prom with they also got a reminder that class is going on and they need to do this assignment by the end of it.

I think it is time teacher’s quit trying to fight social media and learn how to use it to our advantage. As a perspective social studies teacher I can think of hundreds of ways to make social media work in my classroom and I plan on using it, not fighting it!

Target of Focus

I am going to be focusing on the French Revolution for my unit plan so the standards I will be using are from the Virginia Standards of Learning

WHII.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of scientific, political, economic, and religious changes during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries by

b) describing the Age of Absolutism, including the monarchies of Louis XIV and Peter the Great; c) assessing the impacts of the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution on democracy;

e) describing the French Revolution;

I could link the 4C’s by using critical thinking by linking causes of certain events such as the the political changes and absolutism on encouraging the French Revolution. They could collaborate through working on groups projects and coming together. This will also use communication through these processes. They can use creativity by creating brochures for Versailles or writing essays about absolutism.