Teaching and technology…preparing today's students for tomorrow.

In today’s world, no matter your field of work, one of the frequent interview questions is: “How comfortable are you with technology.”  I have always felt that I am very comfortable with technology.  I am on a computer all the time, but I am coming to realize, what I feel is “comfortable with technology” just scratches the surface…

While student teaching this spring in a 5th grade advanced academics classroom that was participating in a one-to-one computer initiative I had to opportunity to attend a professional development seminar.  Unsure which session would be the most helpful, I followed the lead of my cooperating teacher.  She had a college that had recently experimented with some flipped lessons, so she selected a session on flipped instruction.  Attending this session opened my eyes to a new way of teaching and a world of technology that I haven’t begun to use before.   This experience intrigued me so much that it led me to explore the blog Flipped Learning | Turning Learning on Its Head!

Written by Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers of the flipped classroom movement, this blog provides testimonials, guidance and resources to teachers considering the use of flipped instruction.  I found this blog not only inspirational, but very informative.  Jon provides links to the researching showing the effectiveness of this new teaching style, links to other teaching blogs written by teachers currently flipping their lessons, and links to tutorials that can help guide you to create your lesson videos.

Although I am still quite daunted by the details of creating digital lessons of my own, I do believe this is the movement of education and something I need to learn more about and begin using.  I now know where to go to get the information I need.

Stay tuned – maybe I’ll post my first flipped lesson when I figure out how to make it all work.  Hopefully I won’t end up flip turned upside down!!! ahhhh!

Wish me luck…I’m gonna need it…

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