Thursday, November 17, 2016

525-Session 11--The Flipped Classroom--Part 2


Welcome back!  As you know, our class is scheduled for Thursdays and next week is T-Day!  Therefore, we will have two weeks before our next class/session.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

525-Session 10--Facilitating and Implementing Online Professional Development

Welcome to Session 10 where we will be delving more deeply into tools and resources that can be used for 'Flipping' your classroom.

BECAUSE WE MET LAST WEEK WE WILL BE PUSHING WEEK 10's READING IN THE SYLLABUS TO WEEK 11.  PLEASE COMMENT AND REFLECT UPON THE CONTENT POSTED BELOW. ALSO, I'VE JUST BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THE DATE FOR OUR FINAL PROJECTS MUST FIT IN LINE WITH A PARTICULAR SCHEDULE, SO CHANGE THE PREVIOUS DATE (12/8) TO THE NEW DATE (12/15).  PLEASE ADJUST YOUR SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY.  ASSUME WE WILL BE AT THE PROV. CAMPUS UNLESS NOTIFIED DIFFERENTLY.

As some of you mentioned in your comments and reflections under Session 8, flipping an entire course, or training program, may not be the ideal scenario. Video lectures should be brief and clearly focused on specific learning outcomes.  (and not all lessons are meant to be 'flipped')  What you really want to do is slowly transition your teaching style so that you can begin to take advantage of the 'flipping concept' without getting too overwhelmed.

Several of you commented on the 'up-front' workload involved.  This is a significant factor when you are taking all of the work on yourself, but as I've preached many times this semester--'no man is an island'.  You can, and should, take advantage of the vast trove of videos and interactive lessons that others have created and integrate them to reduce your workload. As I said in Session 8, 'Stand on the shoulders of giants'.

Also this semester, we have lightly touched upon the concept of 'open educational resources' or OER's.  The concept of 'Openness' becomes extremely powerful when you begin to access videos, tools, and resources that have been created by others and are freely licensed.  They allow you to not only use the work of others, but often allow you to modify, remix, and reuse material for your own purposes.  Once you begin to dive more deeply into these resources you'll begin to see how much easier it will become to educate others.

Just like when we spoke about using wikis as a knowledge base or as an eTextbook.  If you start off small, and slowly, then your momentum can build. Also, if you can find a partner or peer group to collaborate with, then your project can really pick up some speed.

Let's start off this session by looking at some teachers that have used Google Docs in a practical setting and hear about their path to success.  It's about an hour long webinar.  Please stop at minute 36 to take a break and experiment with a few of the resources that they have mentioned up to that point, then post any comments or reflections here before going back to the webinar to finish it.


Click on this image to begin. Please follow the directions closely when downloading the necessary software. This may take awhile, so you may want to multi-task as its working. It it still doesn't run, then follow the next step software download. (If you can't open the .collab file, download the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.
Still can't get into your session? Please read our troubleshooting help topic.)


Next we'll delve more deeply into Google Forms and their ability to streamline your teaching, instruction, and life.

Please go through these in order.  Let's start with,




5- "Google Forms Challenge"  (The directions for this week's 'comments' are in #5.)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Session 9

Good afternoon,

During Week 9 we will be attending a film/media/video creation talk (details below) and then pulling out as a smaller group to discuss topics pertinent to our group specifically. This workshop is particularly poignant b/c of the timing w/i our curriculum discussing and learning about video production and its uses and impact w/i a flipped classroom.

Hope to see as many of you as possible.

Thursday, November 03, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
URI, Kingston campus - Gender and Sexuality Center 19 Upper College Rd (All Purpose RM)
Series: Media Smart Libraries

Speaker(s): Sherilyn Brown, Director of Education Programs, RI State Council on the Arts
The GiveMe5 Media Teachers Lab is a time for film/media educators, school and public librarians, and others developing video programs to come together and share ideas, challenges and solutions with colleagues. Whether you're experienced, new to the work, or somewhere in between, the "open space" style of this event makes a place for you. In the "open space" format, each facilitator will each spend a few minutes describing their areas of expertise and related topics, and you will then be free to join the discussion(s) you feel will be most helpful for you. You may move among discussions.
Topics are expected to include (but are not limited to):
  1. creating or revising curriculum; gaining expertise in editing
  2. buying and using basic equipment; exploring possibilities with high-end equipment
  3. learning to use a new online film education resource
  4. making a case for a media education program.
If you are inspired to facilitate a discussion on your own topic, "open space" allows for that as well.
Our facilitators and key focus areas for this event:
  • Katie Reaves, Film teacher, Beacon High School School for the Arts, Woonsocket Building a program and equipment on a budget and short timeline, "It's about thinking like a filmmaker!"
  • Brien Jennings, Library Media Specialist, Narragansett Elementary School Connecting curriculum to film at the elementary level (including equipment, roles of a library media specialist, making the case for a program, media literacy)
  • Dana Neugent, Information Technology Services, University of Rhode Island Touring studio facilities and viewing student work
  • Nick Marcoux, Film teacher (middle and high school), Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, Building a curriculum sequence from middle to high school (including equipment and evolving editing choices)
  • Anisa Raoof, Providence Children's Film Festival, Film Hub Connecting educators and the community to film through a new website.