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  • the reality is that many if not most teachers who opt for the flipped classroom strategy are not pursuing a student-centred approach to teaching and learning.
  • he traditional model of learning is simply being reversed, instead of being reinvented. The lecture (live or on video) is still front and center.
  • new knowledge should be actively constructed.

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Mar 30, 15

"The Coachella Valley Unified School District in California has come up with an innovative way to bring internet access to underserved communities. Even President Obama loved the idea to put routers on school buses and drive them around communities in the evenings so that students -and their families- could have free wi-fi. Nora speaks with Darryl Adams, the Superintendent of Schools for the Coachella Valley Unified District.

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Mar 29, 15

"It took us a while to feel comfortable in a Twitter chat. Freewheeling and at times imposing, the chats feature quick ticks of smart blurbs. Experts with 1,000+ followers definitely made us hesitate to offer our own two cents. After a few months of experimentation, though, we plunged in. Our experiences have been almost universally positive. We’ve met passionate educators who’ve offered lesson tips, curriculum theories, and project proposals to enrich our classes in unforeseen ways.
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  • In fact, experts estimate that roughly 90% of interactions, from blogs to chats to social networks, are contributed by only 10% of the online population.
  • ost, though, welcome a free exchange of ideas united by a unique hashtag.
  • typical Tweeter is a sincere, collaborative user who holds fellow educators in the highest  esteem.

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Mar 26, 15

"Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. These theories, however, were developed in a time when learning was not impacted through technology. Over the last twenty years, technology has reorganized how we live, how we communicate, and how we learn. Learning needs and theories that describe learning principles and processes, should be reflective of underlying social environments. Vaill emphasizes that “learning must be a way of being – an ongoing set of attitudes and actions by individuals and groups that they employ to try to keep abreast o the surprising, novel, messy, obtrusive, recurring events…” (1996, p.42).

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  • Those who advocate for the flipped classroom state that class time can then be used for discourse and for providing hands-on, authentic learning experiences.
  • he use of video lectures needs to fall within a larger framework of learning activities – within more establish models of learning, providing a larger context for educator implementation.
  • They become hooked through personal connection to the experience and desire to create meaning for and about that experience (ala constructivist learning).

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Mar 25, 15

"Alka-Seltzer® tablets fizz furiously when dropped into water. The moment the tablet starts dissolving, a chemical reaction occurs that releases carbon dioxide gas. Can you make Alka-Seltzer fizz faster or slower by changing the temperature of the water? How big of a difference in the rate of a chemical reaction can temperature make?
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Mar 22, 15

"With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. We've created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.

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Mar 15, 15

"Damn, this is more fun than I would’ve expected.

Do you ever type things into Google just to see what whacky stuff pops up in the autocomplete box?

GoogleFeud takes that concept and turns it into a Family Feud-style game. How well do you know the hivemind?

GoogleFeud provides the first half of a search query, and you fill in the rest. Your goal is to guess as many of the most popular queries as you can.

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Mar 09, 15

"Flutter is an experimental app concept designed specifically for grieving adolescents. It uses music to help those experiencing the loss of a loved one – a period of time often resulting in high levels of isolation and incredibly difficult emotional problems – express themselves in a safe, positive environment, by creating sound artefacts that express how they feel at that moment. Following research into the changing forms of grief in the 21st century, showing that despite being at the forefront of rapid changes in communication technology, grieving adolescents require new, different forms of self-expression in order to connect meaningfully with others.
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Mar 08, 15

"Not long ago, while visiting Israel, I had the opportunity to sit in on a fourth grade class at a progressive school in that country’s North District. The young teacher that day was leading her group of 19 students as they learned English. Over the 40 minute session, as the students were introduced to 20 new English vocabulary words, speaking them aloud and using them in sentences, I suddenly realized how important active, verbal and reciprocal exchange is to learning any new language.

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Mar 08, 15

"Monosodium glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, gets a bad rap.

People claim that it's a toxin that causes headaches and sweating, and that it leaves you feeling lethargic and flushed. The thing is, most research shows that that's not true at normal dietary levels.

Despite its umami flavor boosting power, rumors have given MSG a reputation so bad that many Chinese restaurants frequently put up "No-MSG" signs to assuage customer's fear. Some customers then put soy sauce on their food, adding the missing MSG in after the fact. Because it's delicious.

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