First, I found out that I will be receiving a lab of iPod touches to help provide an equitable technology environment for my students as I flip my class this year. It will look a little something like this:
I've been working hard to decide which lessons will be the most beneficial to flip. I recently completed the Flipped Classroom Pathway on the website Sophia.org. I created this tutorial to practice my skills. (If you take the time to watch it, be prepared- there is a speaking error AND I know it).
I'm really excited about this flipping thing. I read Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day. It was an honest look at using technology to reach your students. I really enjoyed it, and suggest it to anyone who is curious about the concept. I hope that I do a good job implementing it and that I can encourage others in my district and out there (yes, I mean you!) to use the model.
Second, I found out that I will be a facilitator for our technology in the classroom program. It is called eTEC (that stands for Eagles Thinking, Educating, and Communicating). I will have a cohort of 5 teachers that I will be training to use technology in their classrooms. It's a 50 hour a year training commitment for them, and about double that for me, but I am thrilled to have this opportunity. My biggest fear about having technology in my classroom is that I will fall behind in the ever-changing world, but now that I have this opportunity, it's even more of a reason to stay relevant and current. I like that the program is developed by our district. The program I went through was prescribed, and we didn't have much flexibility in what kinds of training we wanted, so it wasn't always timely. I can be as timely as the teachers need in this program. So excited!
Anyway, I will try and post my Made It Monday that I promised last time I posted (welcome bags). Just wanted to share my exciting news! Until next time...