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I loved the component of your

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I loved the component of your article discussing the most effective models of classroom technology use, particularly with a focus on developing a sense of ownership of learning. I've found one of the most powerful ways to achieve that is through the use of ExitTicket. The gradebook students see can be organized by concepts and skills which allow students to see the learning targets throughout the year and how they are doing on each subtopic. Students gain a new sense of ownership of the curriculum.

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Dear Rudy - Thank you for

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Dear Rudy - Thank you for recognizing that "the balance between instructionism and constructionism is very important" and educators can drive the teaching strategies with digital technology to make learning most meaningful.
Here is an example of a Globaloria teacher who is implementing what you're talking about in her middle school math class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YRtI73iBtEY#at=35 and another example of a teacher who is flipping her chemistry classroom in high school: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmiM4QONvBI&feature=player_embedded ...Thanks for your insight!

High school math teacher

I have been interested in

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I have been interested in this teaching technique for quite some time and I plan to use this technique this upcoming school year. I agree, this has the potential to become a fad, and it will truly depend on how the teacher utilizes this delivery approach. I feel that flipping the classroom is simply a different approach to delivering the concepts, just another tool in the toolbox. What it does do is open up class time to practice the material, which is especially beneficial in the math classroom. It also creates an online notebook that the students can refer to throughout the year. The balance between instructionism and constructionism is very important. The videos will scratch the surface, it is up to the educator to implement teaching strategies in the classroom that will make the learning meaningful.

High school math teacher

I have been interested in

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I have been interested in this teaching technique for quite some time and I plan to use this technique this upcoming school year. I agree, this has the potential to become a fad, and it will truly depend on how the teacher utilizes this delivery approach. I feel that flipping the classroom is simply a different approach to delivering the concepts, just another tool in the toolbox. What it does do is open up class time to practice the material, which is especially beneficial in the math classroom. It also creates an online notebook that the students can refer to throughout the year. The balance between instructionism and constructionism is very important. The videos will scratch the surface, it is up to the educator to implement teaching strategies in the classroom that will make the learning meaningful.

I train educators to use a coaching approach in their teaching practice

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Hi Idit Harel Caperton

Thanks for the balancing metaphor

I find that I don't have enough hands when I demonstrate "holding the choice between Method A and Method B". It's easy to demonstrate the balancing act though.

Often I switch to a metaphoric "Rainbow of Choices" to show that there are many different ways in between A and B that could be chosen. What I aim to bring out in the discussion is HOW people can feel the balance, and continuously make choices between moving towards the two extremes, and discovering the temporary balance point somewhere on the rainbow.

Ah, that got a bit poetic.

Edu-Tech Innovator and Founder of the World Wide Workshop

Martin - yes, and sometimes

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Martin - yes, and sometimes it is about understanding deeply A AND B, and practicing the balancing act. Blending reading with creative and reflective writing, and doing a lot of writing in order to read more, and read more mindfuly.

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Sarah - It is so great to

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Sarah - It is so great to interact here with teachers who are trying ne things. And thanks for your long insightful post, re: "I absolutely agree that they need to center on solid instruction and pedagogy, or else they run the risk of being just another fad..." Thank you so much for sharing your valuable personal flipped classroom experiences. One approach to integrating technology, rather than distracting students with something flashy, would be to get creative with it. Flipping can also go beyond watching videos of a teacher's lessons; just think about what activities and projects technology can help educators flip towards, to truly transform learning, Keep up experimenting with learning innovation!

Edu-Tech Innovator and Founder of the World Wide Workshop

Leslie - Thanks for finding

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Leslie - Thanks for finding it useful, re: "I really liked that you mentioned that instructionism and constructiviam must go hand in hand in order for it to be effective."

10th grade Chemistry teacher from Donna, Texas

The current trend in the

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The current trend in the clasroom is based on the use of technology. Almost every science conference that I have attended this past year I have heard the use of the flipped classroom. I really liked that you mentioned that instructionism and constructiviam must go hand in hand in order for it to be effective.

10th grade Chemistry teacher from Donna, Texas

The current trend in the

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The current trend in the clasroom is based on the use of technology. Almost every science conference that I have attended this past year I have heard the use of the flipped classroom. I really liked that you mentioned that instructionism and constructiviam must go hand in hand in order for it to be effective.

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