"TCEA is a member-based organization devoted to the use of technology in education. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-12 environment and providing our members with state-of-the-art information through conferences, workshops, newsletters, the Internet, and collaborations with higher education and business" (http://www.tcea.org/)
Our Instructional technology team will be attending the annual TCEA Convention, and will be off campus February 2-6. We will be attending workshops and learning about the newest and most effective classroom tech.
I have always liked the idea of a flipped classroom, especially as a former high school math teacher. I ran with the flipped classroom my final 2 years in the classroom, but when students watched their lessons I had no way of knowing who was prepared coming into class. EdPuzzle can help with this. EdPuzzle takes videos from sites such as YouTube, National Geographic, TedTalks, and many others or you can upload your own video. This last feature is really cool as YouTube is blocked for most student access. EdPuzzle allows you to break up a video and ask questions through key parts of the lesson to check for understanding. It also allows you to crop the video so that you are only showing the part of the video you need. Students are also given the option to re-watch that section of the video if they need to. The teacher can then check on their understanding of the topic by viewing the results and see how many times the student re-watched it or if they saw the whole video. Below is an example. Oh, did I also mention that this is free!
Flipping your classroom means many different things to many different teachers. Flipping your classroom is more about the idea that you spend less time with the information part of the lesson and more time on the "DO" part. Utilizing technology is one way to help you accomplish the flipped classroom idea. In this link here are seven different FREE apps that you might not have heard of before. Take some time and see how they might be useful to you in your classroom; even if you are not flipping your classroom you could use them in other ways.
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