Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Six Essential Tech Tools for 21st Century Classroom Workflow

What is the workflow for a 21st century classroom?  What does it look like?  Where to start?

These six ideas will help create a classroom that is engaging and inspiring long after the last bell rings.   Publishing, sharing, collaborating, and global is the name of the game.  Our connected learners need lessons that challenge them to think critically, share knowledge, be inquisitive, and collaborate globally. The workflow from classrooms of the past, must be left in the past.  The concept of a Flipped Classroom must be explored.  These tools are just a few to utilize to start flipping your classroom. 



A flipped classroom is an environment where students learn the lecture content online outside of the classroom via a movie.   Students are able to pause, rewind, and view a concept over and over.  Additionally, students take ownership of learning the material.   There are many benefits to this concept for the teacher. One benefit is that this frees up class time for discussion, projects, speeches, labs, and other engaging projects and allows teachers more one on one time with students. This is the reverse of how a traditional classroom works where the lecture is delivered to a whole group by the teacher with a minimal about of time for homework.
(Flipped Classroom Resources: A flipped highschool: Clintondale, Flipped classroom Prezi, Khan Academy, The Future of Education?).

The time is now to engage our passionate, mobile students in a classroom that uses learning modalities of their generation.  Dare to take the bold step in transforming your teaching style to meet the needs of the digital generation.
Prezi - http://prezi.com



Create engaging web based presentations for students to view at their own pace with PREZI.  Prezi is a non linear way to make a presentation.  You can easily embed PDF files, images, and YouTube videos.  This is a fantastic alternative to PPT's and provides students a way to view and review material that has been presented in class.

After a Prezi is created, click exit.  There you will find lots of options for sharing the Prezi.  The presentations are web based so it can easily be shared via a link or tweeted out. Simply click the Twitter icon from the Prezi site.    If you have a classroom hashtag on Twitter, students can find it your classroom stream.

Prezis default as Public.  If you want to create private Prezis, there is a fee.  You do have the option to allow your Prezi to be copied or not.
There is also a tab called explore.  Click this tab see other Prezis that have been created.
Prezi Resources:
Cybraryman's Prezi Page
Examples:
Courtney Smeby - Nebraska History Review
Amanda McKibbon - Crayfish
Screen R - http://www.screenr.com/
Create screencasts for your students to view anywhere in the world. This site is easy to navigate. Within minutes, you can create a screencast on any topic. This is the perfect way to create tutorials for students.  Students can view it again and again to learn, re-learn, and move to complete understanding of a concept. Screenr is perfect for explaining a new concept or a creating how to tutorial on a topic. This is the perfect tool to use as an anticipatory set or a chapter / unit summary.  Video are easy to link or embed on blogs or websites.
Here are several examples for you to check out.


Article:
Flipping Your Classroom



Sharae Geldes - Explaining Geometric Concepts
Courtney Jameson - Double Spacing a paper
Luke Olson - Using Easybib.com
YouTube
YouTube is a game changer for the classroom.   From either the student or teacher perspective, YouTube can be a powerful educational tool.
Students:
  • Create and publish projects that demonstrate mastery of an objective.
  • View videos to learn a concept at their own pace.
  • View videos to review for exams.
  • View how to videos to learn a skill.
  • Utilize a YouTube channel to create a digital portfolio of learning.
Teachers:
  • Create a classroom YouTube Channel and post teacher created educational videos that correlate with the curriculum.
  • Utilize lists to curate a collection of videos to use in the classroom.
  • Use the video editor in YouTube to edit video.
  • Reflect on lessons and share with principal.
Videos can be linked, embedded, or the subscribed to.
Example:
Tech Tools For Teaching YouTube Channel
Michael Gentry - Friction
Similes and Metaphors in Pop Music
Carrie Borner - Idioms
Alex Williams - Gas Laws
Katie DeBuhr - Animal Types
Andy Fjelland - Density
VoiceThread
According to voicethread.com, “A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).”
Creating and sharing a VoiceThread is a powerful way for students to reflect on a topic.  During this process of metacognition, students can monitor their own progress in learning where students, teachers, and parents can provide feedback.  
In addition, VoiceThreads are fantastic ways for students to create presentations that can easily be embedded, tweeted, or shared on a website.  This published work is shared far beyond the four walls of the school and potentially can have comments from people around the globe.  The web based nature of VoiceThread makes it a must have in every teacher's lesson plans.
The skills to collaborate, communicate, and share are skills that students need for the world they live in.



Example:
Stacy Turner - teacher and grad student
Becky Meier - teacher and grad student
Digital Study Aids
Digital study aids such as the three listed below, make mobile students connected to learning wherever they may be. Each of these tools are easy to use, web based, and mobile!  No excuse not to learn!
Quizlet-
http://quizlet.com/   
Word Dynamo - http://dynamo.dictionary.com/
Study Stack -
http://www.studystack.com/

Example:
Mr. Myers  - American History
Digital Presence
A digital presence is a must for 21st century teachers.  If teachers aren’t blogging  and/or having a classroom web presence, they should be.  All classroom materials should be accessible for students so that continue learning happen regardless of location.  Purposeful, engaging, learning must be available online anywhere so students can learn on the go.   Having classroom materials easily accessible is a must for these mobile learners and their parents.   

Examples:
Dr. Kingsley's Third Grade
Mr. Sims Fourth Grade


-Ann Feldmann

106 comments:

  1. A lot to learn and a challenging transition but a much needed change. The flipped classroom makes sense. It's almost as though we are asking the students to take a lot more responsibility for their education. Teachers then are freed up to work individually and in groups with students.

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  2. My students struggle to keep their grades up and juggle all their extra-curricular activities. Many of the tools we were introduced to today will help my students and me "keep-up". I have also been thinking about my ELL students today, they will be able to watch, listen and interact with classroom content multiple times at their own pace.

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  3. I LOVE the idea of the Flipped classroom. Our students are loaded and knowledgable of technology and they enjoy learning in this manner. I think it can be difficult to change our mindsets as educators because we never sat in a flipped classroom and have never worked within one so it is hard to process the transition. The more ways and ideas I can get of Web 2.0 tools, I want...keep sending them.

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  4. Flipped classroom = genius! A little worried that kids without access to technology but definitely lots of ideas! A great day and a great time of year to have new ideas--keep things fresh and interesting these next few weeks. AND I finally think I like twitter.

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  5. Welcome to the future. We have to keep up and go beyond what students need to learn effectively. Technology is a wonderful tool for enhancing learning and meeting individual needs!

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  6. I really like the idea of the fliped classroom to free up time for labs or other projects. This is something you could do everyday or once week depending on your needs in the classroom.

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  7. I like screenr...I will be using this for directions on an upcoming project!

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  8. Exposed to about 6 different websites/apps to use. I plan to finish my prezi, make some quizlet review flashcards, and use my screenr presentation. I will stick with these 3 first! Can't wait to use these with my students.

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  9. Flipped classrooms are obviously going to become a necessity if we want our students to learn. I'm very excited about Screenr so I can make individual videos for each module since my room is based on facilitating more than direct lecturing. Hopefully, my PEP goal will be completed ASAP thanks to today!

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  10. Lots of great new ideas today! I think I will find uses for each of these new tools, but Storybird will be the first. My kids are doing a creative writing project right now, and this certainly fits into that realm. Even if they can't print off their books, we can publish their work digitally or give their parents the option to purchase the books made through the Storybird website. Should be great!

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  11. Flipped classroom is a great idea! I like the fact that students are held accountable for their learning. This will free up time for me to work with small groups and one-on-one. The Web 2.0 websites and tools will be great to utilize immediately!

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  12. I am encouraged to make these 6 web tools part of my everyday teaching. The flipped classroom is the new way to look at teaching to all learners. I am excited to try screenr to help students get students get started right with directions. What great tools to enhance learning as well as my teaching!

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  13. ScreenR would be a great tool for a flipped classroom. This way recordings are available anytime for students who need to go back and review the material. This would allow teachers to help more students during class.

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  14. A Flipped Classroom has many more benefits than it does negatives. I am hoping that I can begin to implement that in my room slowly. My concern would be for those without technology to use at home, but I will have to see how my class plays out.

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  15. I loved learning about the flipped classroom. I can't even how many times I wanted to say "slow down!" and the teacher just couldn't because they had deadlines that they had to meet. I hope this catches on and students can see the benefits of this in order to watch the videos at home and summarize!

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  16. The concept of the Flipped Classroom really blows my mind! I bet if I had had this opportunity as a student I would have done much better in school! What a terrific concept and way to reach all students and set them up for success! Definitley need to move out of my box and not let fear of the unknown prevent me from implementing ideas and methods that will only better my teaching and improve student success and learning!

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  17. I think a Flipped Classroom also has many benefits. It is a great way to utilize classroom time. However, my concern is if the teacher has sufficient planning time to create a lecture movie everyday along with all of his/her other duties.

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  18. All of these ideas can help us work smarter, not harder. I had the chance to take some of the monthly CCU classes and these have helped me work more in-depth on Prezi, Animoto, Voice Thread. Thanks for providing the opportunity for professional development that we all need.

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  19. Unfortunately not all of these great tools are practical in the band classroom, but I'm surprised at how many of them I've been able to adapt to my needs so far! :)

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  20. I love the idea of the flipped classroom, but wasn't sure at first how I could accomplish it. Screenr can help me do it easily and effectively--thanks for introducing me to it!

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  21. I love seeing all of these new ways to incorporate technology in the classroom. We live in such a digital age and if the facilitators of information don't participate, we aren't going to continue being useful in our students' lives. The next thing up: embracing student technology tools and incorporating them into our classroom lives!

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  22. So much for my brain to take in. I am looking forward to using Prezi in the classroom as well as playing around with screenR.

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  23. I am looking forward to using some of these tools in my classroom! As for a flipped classroom -- I am a little wary! I am not sure how some of my 3rd graders would do with it. I do love the responsibility that both students and parents would have with this though! Excited for the possibilities of change with these tools and the idea of the flipped classroom!

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  24. I have really learned a lot while taking these online courses. Knowing how to use this new technology in my classroom will be beneficial to everyone. I'm excited to teach my kids how to use what I have learned!

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  25. I like the idea of these programs, and I defintely think they can do a lot to expand learning for motivated students. I do worry that this idea of the flipped classroom, expecting kids to learn the main content before they get to class, will leave less motivated students alienated and confused. But I think handled thoughtfully, the programs have excellent potential to help motivated kids and to make extra learning opportunities available to support what we are doing in the classroom.

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  26. I have seen a lot of information posted on an AP government blog that I subscribe to. I think it is a great idea for my AP class, but I wonder what I do with students who come to class without the prior knowledge that I want them to get before they enter the classroom. It will definitely take some pre-teaching to help students understand the necessity of being prepared.

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  27. Loved the article! All of your recommended tools have become an integral part of learning in the 21st century. I took part in an interactive webinar a couple of weeks ago that began to show me the importance of classroom technology. The webinar was for Crosstec Schoolvue software. As an 'older' teacher, I never realized the possibilities available for classroom technology. I recommend checking out the next Schoolvue webinar if you have the chance.

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  28. I love the idea of flipping a classroom. In my case, what I would do is to give students the ability to go back and watch what we had done in class. This would be huge for absent students or students who need to see an example where they can pause, rewind and re-watch.

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  29. I can see how this would change the look of learning/instruction in the current day classroom. I would have my pros and cons about going totally flipped and holding the students accountable.

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  30. The Flipped Classroom is something that will probably more of the norm as time goes on. I am a little concerned about demographics. Students who do not have the opportunities to be connected will definitely be at the disadvantage. Students who are outgoing will thrive in the Flipped Classroom, the students who are more introverted will need a lot of preteaching to get used to the idea. Overall, this can be very successful.

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  31. This is what middle school is all about - the teacher as facilitator. My concern is about students who may not watch the video the night before. However, it is likely that the same students may be just as disinclined to do their homework. I have long been racking my brain in an attempt figure out how this idea of teacher as facilitator should work in a math classroom. This may be it!

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  32. Great tools and suggestions for flipping a classroom. I love to incorporate videos and slide shows into my teaching, but having the kids view these at home and work with the information at school the next day is very appealing. I hope to incorporate more than just my classroom website and blog into my classroom next year.

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  33. I plan on using some of these tools during summer school. I will be teaching Algebra 2 and think this will get the students more engaged in learning math. Now I have to get my principal to agree to let me use the SPED ipads. Wish me luck.

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  34. Flipping the classroom is a fantastic way to use your instructional time in the classroom to mentor and guide the students. Having the classroom material available to the students on-line will allow them to learn and review the materials at their own speed. This is also a great way for students to stay up with the rest of the class if they are absent.

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  35. I would love to observe a flipped classroom and see this in action. Student buy-in at the beginning of the school-year will be a vital part to its implementation. To quote Kevin Honeycutt, "If we can hook 'em, we can cook 'em!"

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  36. I need to remember to use all the resources out there. It takes time to figure out how/when to weave all the different teaching tech tools into my lessons, but I know it's valuable for the students.

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  37. If students have access to the content to digest and review at their own speed, as in these online lessons, then more emphasis can be placed on applying this information and using it to create new products. More students will be successful because they can devote more time to considering and discussing higher level questions, rather than struggling to get what was missed during a 1-time, live presentation.

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  38. If students have access to the content to digest and review at their own speed, as in these online lessons, then more emphasis can be placed on applying this information and using it to create new products. More students will be successful because they can devote more time to considering and discussing higher level questions, rather than struggling to get what was missed during a 1-time, live presentation.

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  39. These are all great ideas! It motivated me to take the next step in teaching with online resources. As far as flipping the classroom, I like the idea of using the computer to teach students to a certain extent. Many opportunities to differentiate present themselves. However, in a class of 17 students, 4 don't have computers at home. Learning the material prior to class would be hard for those students. However, for those students who need to take the next step or a chance to learn due to absences, it would be great!

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  40. A Flipped classroom is a genius idea. I'm already brainstorming how to make it work for next year, at least in one subject area.

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    1. I would really like to see how a teacher begins the flipped classroom implementation. For example, explanation to parents, frequency of videos/lessons, etc.

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  41. It is almost too much to wrap your mind around all at once. There are so many different tools out there that you can get overwhelmed. I guess you just have to pick one or two and jump right in. I love the concept of the flipped classroom. I need to try to find a way to incorporate some of these ideas.

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  42. Some fun links. I enjoyed the idea of using Prezis with flipping classrooms.

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  44. I love all these new tools. I think it just mixes things up and keeps the kids interested in learning. I can't wait to make some screen casts for my kids. What a great way to make them become more independent on the computer. YouTube has been a very useful tool for me. Whenever I am having a hard time doing something on my computer, I just check YouTube for a how to video. Now that I know how to upload videos I plan on making my own how to videos for my kids.

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  45. I have tried a number of these now, and can see value in many of them. All fo them actually, but it is a case that some seem very combersome to use, I imagine it is like many things in education where there are far more tools than one teacher can use,, and they need to find what works best for them and their students depending on there grade level, teaching style and etc. I relooked at the information, and Screenr appears to allow one to post video as well as voice recording, but I have not figured that out yet. The same could be done with Youtube, but as of now the students are not allowed access to it. I am very interested in the video applications since this allows a level of reteaching to students on their time when they need it that is simply not possible now. I like Prezi, but GOOD LORD, it takes a long time to put one together. Perhaps this is one better suited to high school level. I am also very impressed by the many cloud applications through Google and others for streamling and individualizing instruction.

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  46. So many tools, so little time!!! I feel a little overwhelmed, but I just need to remember that I do not need to try all these new things AT ONCE! I do use Prezi in my classroom, and am becoming faster at making them. I do have a classroom blog on blogspot (thanks to the summer online classes from TT4T!), and I also have a YouTube channel for my students, with a few "homemade" videos on it for Greek and Latin roots. Even if my classroom will not be "flipped" in the way the concept is meant to be (not all of my students have a computer and/or internet access at home), I can still utilize all these things IN my classroom with them.

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  47. I love the flipped classroom! While I don't think that it is the only good way to teach a class, and I don't think that technology is absolutely necessary for good instruction, I do think it makes things so much easier. Everything we need is just a click away. The flipped classroom makes so much sense because its motivating, engaging, and interesting as well as instructional. Students & teachers now have the freedom to explore concepts more broadly and more in-depth, while at the same time spending more time remediating areas where more help is needed. Our grandchildren will laugh when we tell them about how we "used to" teach.

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  48. I love all the technology that is available! My concern is with those students who do not have easy access to the internet. They would not be able to do the online, outside of class work on a regulary basis.

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  50. As a teacher I need to teach for 21st Century learners. One way that I am able to do this is by incorporating technology into my instruction. The district that I teach in realizes that technology is important in classroom today and in the future. All students and teachers K-6 have their own iPad. All teachers have their own laptop and each 7-12 student also has their own laptop. The PreK-4 and 5-12 also have a computer lab available to them any time throughout the school day. Along with my laptop and our iPads, I also have a Promethean Board, Elmo, projector, and an Apple TV in my classroom.
    There is such great technology out there for teachers and students. The six essential tech tools listed are great tools to make learning more engaging and enjoyable. I almost use YouTube in my classroom daily. Last year I went to my administration to have them consider allowing access to YouTube, which they did late in the school year last year. I also incorporate Prezi into my classroom instruction. Also in a class I am taking I was introduced to Screenr and how I can use it as a tool to guide my students through an assignment. As a teacher I need to learn how to use these and other tools effectively in my classroom so they can be utilized as they should be in a classroom.

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  51. Prezi

    A former colleague used Prezi for ap biology. The examples I’ve seen are captivating, interesting, and very educational. It is certainly a much better presentation that the old overhead projector, and possibly more appealing than PowerPoint.


    YouTube

    I mainly use YouTube to download educational video clips, be it for use in the classroom like a titration video, or examples of the Doppler effect, or be it for my own personal use such as how to remove the dash cluster on a 2002 Saturn. I’ve seen other teachers assign video projects to students, but I think that involves too much extraneous learning as in how to use YouTube, a video camera, etc. If I could coordinate the learning objectives in my class with those of the technology class, then it would be a great project.


    Digital Study Aids

    My students have access to the online textbook and the tutorials and quizzes that come with it. It is an excellent resource for review, or even for students that don’t want to or forgot to take their books home.

    Screenr

    Screenr is AWESOME. I’ve experimented with many freeware versions of screen capture software. Screenr is better and easier than anything I’ve tried. I used it extensively in my curriculum video. Mrs. Feldmann used it to show me how to make YouTube playlists. I could make a video of the excel presentation I give to my class for the motion labs, that way if they didn’t take good notes during the presentation and need more instruction, they could watch the tutorial I made with screenr.


    Digital Presence

    Being more accessible via the internet can only serve to help your students succeed.

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  52. I began talking to my students this week about flipped classrooms and how it appears to be the directions we are headed in the educational world in the near future. I think a lot of the kids were intrigued by the concept. I do plan on doing a lesson later this year in which I flip the class. I do worry a little bit about students not having the technology available to them. I also worry a little about trying something new but am optimistic that it would work and that the positives out-way the negatives. - Rob List

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  53. I had never used Screenr before, but I love it! It's so amazingly simply and easy to use. I often use computers in my science classes, and getting the applications to work can be a challenge for students. Screenr makes the process quick and efficient. I don’t even have to worry about where the videos are placed, because I can then just upload them to YouTube. Keeping them all together for future classes to utilize.

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  54. Starting this class, I was unaware of all that technology had to offer. This page touched on what we did in our class and it has been so enlightening. I really liked the Screenr, it was a lot of fun being able to show the students what needs to be done. Whether I am here or not, with the Screencast I created, I do not have to worry about them not understanding how to operate our system. I also loved the YouTube Playlists, what an easily accessible tool for the classroom! I had fun with my Animoto video as well. The voicethread was new to me, I do not like my picture for all to see....so I doubt I use that too much. However I have learned so much from this class and all of the above mentioned technology tools!

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  55. I really like the whole concept of flipping a classroom. It seems to be easily transitioned into the Jr High and High School classrooms. But I still wonder how or if I could make it work in first or second grade.
    This article has an amazing amount of resources; some I have already used as well as some that I have learned to use during my classwork in 552. I would like to spend more time looking at all of the resources out there. I know that I have only touched the tip of the iceberg and maybe there is a way I can figure out how to make an attempt at a flipped classroom in first and second grade.
    It has been nice to learn so many new tools that I can really use in my classroom. I really had no idea how much was out there to help me in the classroom. I can become pretty techie without too much effort. :)

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  56. Flipping certain elements in my classroom is working for my students. They really like Quizlet on their phones. Creating Screenr videos was a major find for me. I sent a "how to" video to the parents so they could access the online textbook with their child. I also like YouTube more now because I can save videos on my own channel and have another resource for my students. I think that flipping is necessary to prepare students for college and for life in general - isn't almost everything online now? This blog has tons of great information. Best advice is to choose small things to flip that make a difference in the classroom.

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  57. There are so many programs out there to help support teachers in the area of technology. This class has opened my eyes to all that could be possible. The Flipped classroom is a great concept and could be easily adapted any Jr.High or High School classrooms. I am looking forward to learning more about the possibilities of using this in a Primary or Elementary classroom. All the tools are wonderful, but are still limited by the development of the child, the availability of technology, and parent participation and support.

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  58. I can find a use for all of these tools even in my kindergarten classroom. I already have a project planned to incorporate photos students will take into a prezi. I have made screencasts to help parents and students understand our online math and reading programs and posted them on youtube and built a nice collection of youtube videos to use in my classroom. I will definitely continue blogging and sharing those blogs with students, parents, and colleagues. This year will be a great year to continue adding and incorporating these great tools into my teaching units.

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  59. This class has been an interesting snapshot of the current state of technology use in education. In the past 9 weeks I have come from outsider (really I worked construction last 13 years) to being in the vanguard of "techies" in my building. The fact tech is ever in flux, means that no one can just stop and "get off" and it is a fact of life that you must keep learning. I have been impressed with just how easy it is to create great looking professional presentations and am excited by how these could all lead to a "flipping" of the classroom.

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  60. I agree wholeheartedly with the educational premise in play here. The student could self-direct their instruction to a greater degree, the teacher could have more instructional classtime if freed up by the technology, hopefully the students are passionate and motivated.

    Sadly, I get students in my classes who show up at 9:45 every day since they moved and for some reason their parents can't get them to school at 8:00am, students who get sent to the office to grab food for the weekend, and the usual load of students who don't get fed and are clothed inadequately. No, this doesn't mean that these kids aren't candidiates for this instruction, but it does mean that a lot of things have to be sorted out at home for these kids to successfully navigate this type of instruction while out of my classroom.

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  61. Prezi
    A former colleague used Prezi for ap biology. The examples I’ve seen are captivating, interesting, and very educational. It is certainly a much better presentation that the old overhead projector, and possibly more appealing than PowerPoint.


    YouTube
    I mainly use YouTube to download educational video clips, be it for use in the classroom like a titration video, or examples of the Doppler effect, or be it for my own personal use such as how to remove the dash cluster on a 2002 Saturn. I’ve seen other teachers assign video projects to students, but I think that involves too much extraneous learning as in how to use YouTube, a video camera, etc. If I could coordinate the learning objectives in my class with those of the technology class, then it would be a great project.


    Digital Study Aids

    My students have access to the online textbook and the tutorials and quizzes that come with it. It is an excellent resource for review, or even for students that don’t want to or forgot to take their books home.

    Screenr
    Screenr is AWESOME. I’ve experimented with many freeware versions of screen capture software. Screenr is better and easier than anything I’ve tried. I used it extensively in my curriculum video. Mrs. Feldmann used it to show me how to make YouTube playlists. I could make a video of the excel presentation I give to my class for the motion labs, that way if they didn’t take good notes during the presentation and need more instruction, they could watch the tutorial I made with screenr.


    Digital Presence

    Being more accessible via the internet can only serve to help your students succeed.

    -Wade

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  62. As a teacher I need to teach for 21st Century learners. One way that I am able to do this is by incorporating technology into my instruction. The district that I teach in realizes that technology is important in classroom today and in the future. All students and teachers K-6 have their own iPad. All teachers have their own laptop and each 7-12 student also has their own laptop. The PreK-4 and 5-12 also have a computer lab available to them any time throughout the school day. Along with my laptop and our iPads, I also have a Promethean Board, Elmo, projector, and an Apple TV in my classroom.

    There is such great technology out there for teachers and students. The six essential tech tools listed are great tools to make learning more engaging and enjoyable. I almost use YouTube in my classroom daily. Last year I went to my administration to have them consider allowing access to YouTube, which they did late in the school year last year. I also incorporate Prezi into my classroom instruction. Also in a class I am taking I was introduced to Screenr and how I can use it as a tool to guide my students through an assignment. As a teacher I need to learn how to use these and other tools effectively in my classroom so they can be utilized as they should be in a classroom.
    -Hillary

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  63. Yes, we need to think technology for the 21st Century Classroom. My school district is pulling for more technology. We have Mimio’s in our classroom. I would love to have a portable computer lab. Yes, we can go down and use the computer lab, however, the time is limited. Plus, I like to have things up and going while multi-tasking. I would like some of my students to work on the computer while others were working one on one with me. I do think the six essential tech tools listed would make class experience more enjoyable, inspiring, and engaging.
    I love making Prezis to use in my classroom. I have one I use with graphic organizers. Screenr is a great tutorial for students. My district finally opened up YouTube for our classroom. I love having access to Youtube. Voice Thread is a great collaborative multimedia slide show which inspires students. There are many digital study aids for the 21st Century learners. We need a digital presence with our students. I add links on my teacher page for my students to go to for extra practice. I add links to programs like Starfall, Fun Brain, and Hoopla for Kidz. I encourage my students to visit this sites for extra practice at home.
    -Kristy

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  64. I agree with all that was stated in this blog post. I like the notion that the workflow of the 21st century classroom is different than in the past century. To me, workflow is a great word that can be applied to so many situations. The flow of how students and teachers work in a classroom is truly different in the century. Flipping the classroom makes total sense. The one stopping point for the model is internet connection and computers in the home. In many 1:1 schools, students are permitted to take the laptop home which is great for those that have internet in the home but there are still many that do not have internet in the home. 88% of Americans had Internet access in 2011 [source: http://www.statista.com/statistics/191910/percentage-of-us-americans-with-internet-access-since-2000]. 88% is significant and is over 30% more than in the year 2000 but 88% is not 100%. "Lower income families, people with less education, those with disabilities, Blacks, Hispanics, and rural residents generally lagged the national average in both broadband adoption and computer use." [source: http://www.esa.doc.gov/Reports/exploring-digital-nation-computer-and-internet-use-home]. These factors need to be considered when a teacher and/or school is adopting Flipped Classroom approaches. The six essential tech tools presented in this blog are awesome tools that I have used to some degree. Since I teach at a fully online school these tools have been in place for several years. Prezi is a great - I love that you can import existing PowerPoint presentation and "prezify" them. Screen R is one of many screencast software out there - my favorite is Camtasia. Camtasia is made by Techsmith who also makes Jing, a product my school has been using since 2006. Youtube is fantastic - I am really excited about YouTube EDU, a site that contains over 700K videos from colleges, universities, and k-12 schools. Classrooms in this century need to be flipped and overcoming the fact that some students will not have internet in the home can be done with proper planning and financial assistance.

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  65. There is so much out there that I am still getting to know about. I have been kind of closed off to many of the items that are available and am excited to learn more about new tools and ways to use technology in the classroom. I am actually just starting to use items like Prezi and Animoto. I was aware of Prezi but just never knew how people were making all the videos like those on Animoto. Time is always precious to me since I teach everyone in the high school and coach 3 seasons so applying many items is kind of difficult for myself. I have learned a bunch in recent weeks and easier ways to use the tools that are necessary for a future classroom.

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  66. Amazing resources that we all can use! I am still amazed by Kahn Academy and still look for ways in which the students can use this in my classroom as well as the other content area teachers. I think the flipped classroom is a great idea and sure does enhance the learning level of the students in the classroom. I have learned so many tech tools these last eight weeks, it makes me look back and not be able to believe that I did not know so many of the things that we have leared through this class because of websites and sources like these.

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  67. Technology has come a long way, so it's no surprise the role that it plays in education. I find myself continuously amazed by the new tools that I can bring into my classroom. The idea of a flipped classroom is very mind blowing to me, and I would really enjoy witnessing one firsthand. I also love that I am already familiar with the tools listed because of EDUC552.These tools have the possibility of providing wonderful enhancements to a child’s education. I can ensure that my future students will benefit from the constant evolvement of technology, because I will do my best to incorporate it into my lessons.

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  68. A good list of sites available to begin the flipping process. I am a bit overwhelmed by all the choices one has to use to start flipping. One needs to spend some time in the beginning to determine a workflow that works best for him/her and the students to make this successful. Most importantly, whatever is used from this list or all the new resources out there, our students are practicing and developing the skills most important for the world of work they will soon enter.

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  69. Thank you for the great resource that gives me even more resources to start flipping! Voicethread has awesome implications for flipping the class, but for collaboration, too. All of these Web tools follow the NETS standards and promote collaboration and higher-level thinking. With all that is out there on flipped classrooms, one is easily overwhelmed. It is important to determine what works best for you and your students and begin implementing, finding success, and adding to your repertoire. I feel like I will start small with flipping my classroom, but the implications of all of the meaningful and useful tools will impact my instruction and classroom right away.

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  70. So many excellent resources in one place! Flipping the classroom can be done in so many ways with such endless resources, it's a bit overwhelming. Just like with starting anything new, it's going to take time to find the best way to use flipping in my classroom. It may not be something I do everyday, but it will find it's way into my "box of teaching tools." I'm certain of the benefits for children; it's just a matter of getting started with this new idea!

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  71. It’s nice to have so many resources available, but I also agree with PLaughlin that it is a little overwhelming. It is going to take some time to see which ideas can be implemented in my classroom and still be able to meet the needs of my students and my curriculum requirements. For the most part I think the idea of a flipped classroom is a good one and certainly the way of the future, but I do have a few concerns. I’m sure I will feel more at ease as I continue learning how this could work for my classroom.

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  72. I am proud to say I am familiar with all six tools and have used them before. I am not so proud to say that I am not using most of them on a regular basis. I have used prezi, but not on a regular basis because I find so time consuming. I had a student teacher this last semester who claimed to know all about it and I was hoping to learn more from her, but she didn't use it at all during her teaching. I want to use it, but it the time it takes and the lack of sophistication in my presentations deters me. I have used voicethread and screenr in CCU classes and will most like get to know these more as I try to move to a flipped classroom. YouTube is one tool that I use a lot. I have gotten much better at finding good short videos for use in the classroom. I refer my AP students to study aids such as quizlet to help them prepare to unit tests as well as the AP exam. Oftentimes, someone has already created what they need. I do have a digital presence for my classes. I used to have a wiki, but now use Edmodo. My goal is to use it more effectively. Right now it is simply a resource for students to find class materials.

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  73. Sad to say, I do not think I have a very good digital presence within my classroom and for my students. I guess in my mind, I think there are so many resources out there and our students are incredibly smart, how would my website be any better? My goal within the next couple years is to create an EdModo site that is useful for my students and a way for me to communicate with them. I need to take the time to sit down and "just do it". Now the question is...where is my time?

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  74. I'm a BIG fan of YouTube in the classroom, and I think it's one of the most overlooked teacher tools out there. Being a Resource teacher, I need to have a general idea of how to do everything in the building. Unfortunately, I'm not smart enough to already know everything. That being said, anything you need or want is on YouTube. I teach myself how to do Geometry and Physics using YouTube. We use it a lot in our Transition class to look up different skills, we use it for football and tennis to look up drills, we use it for everything!

    My hope is that I have more of a digital presence in my classroom this year. Teaching special education does limit some of the things that I can let my students do independently, but we are able to work together to achieve anything we want to.

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  75. I am excited about the idea of a Flipped Classroom. When I started this class the thought about all the time it would take to create lessons was quite overwhelming, but after taking this class and seeing all the resources that are available it is not quite as intimidating. There are already so many great resources available. At this point I feel most comfortable using YouTube. I think that being able to create playlists that my students can access directly helps me feel more comfortable with my 5th graders going on to YouTube for their learning. I definitely want to feel comfortable and confident in using more technology in my classroom and I plan to continue learning about all of the many resources available.

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  76. There were so many great ideas on this blog. The Nebraska Prezi and the history Webpage were outstanding. There were so many great ideas here; in addition, I just finished the AFT, and Jenny gave us even more ways to do presentations so that my head is spinning with all the possibilities. I don't even know where to begin. I'll have to spend all my spare time working on ways to incorporate these new ideas in my classroom. I am starting to have digital presence with blogging and Twitter, but I know I need to get my Website up and running. I hope to use some flipped lessons with teaching literary devices and some grammar lessons.

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  77. Wanting to step forward - but there are so many tools to choose from. I think I would like to try Camtasia and am in discussions with them as to what is their ideal product for a history class. I use Prezi often now, but differently than I first did. Now I record the presentations - with narration or soundtracks - and use them for videos. Seems to be perfect for the Flipped room.

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  78. I really love all these tools and I was familiar with several of them. I had not thought to use them for flipping the classroom however. I am so much more comfortable now, knowing that I do not have to record video after video of my face talking to the camera. I will probably use YouTube and VoiceThread the most in my classroom although I do see potential in Prezi. The beauty is that it is easy to coordinate all the subjects I am teaching next year with very little effort.

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  79. There are a lot of great ideas on this blog. I have taken several CCUs over some of the tools, but am by no means proficient (my own fault). The amount of possibilities is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I plan to continue to use edmodo as a platform to deliver some flipped lessons, as I am comfortable with it and like that is it "secure."

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  80. Thanks for a number of great ideas that teachers can use in their classrooms even if it is not 100% flipped. We are handing our Chromebooks this week to our students and I am excited to teach the students how to located different things on their Chromebooks using screener. I also took a closer look at Quizlet and thought about how I could use Quizlet to help make my review more interactive and a good formative assessment.

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  81. I really like the idea of a flipped classroom, but still trying to figure out how I can work it into my 6th grade math room. We will be handing out our chromebook this week and I’m excited to have my students start doing some work with them.
    I’m looking forward to use screenr in my classroom to help introduce project or new concepts to my students. Quizlet looks like something I could and would use for giving formative assessments to my students.

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  82. This is a great resource to have and will keep this blog available to me. In addition, I have enjoyed getting to know a few of these ideas and have already shared many with my staff, whom want me to share the videos I have made so they can use them. Lastly, I cannot wait to start using Prezi, so parents and students can watch and rewatch the concepts we are learning in the classroom.

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  83. This is really a great resource for classroom teachers. As a Physical Education teacher I am still trying to figure out how this could be used in my classroom to best benefit my students. With our students receiving their own chromebooks I am going to use animoto to introduce new units and proper lifting techniques and benefits.
    The other thing that can be very useful is screenr. Showing not only kids how to find and use resources but parents as well.

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  84. Along with so much other info. I have received in this class this resource is invaluable. You can go to one place and be reminded of the many resources available to flip a classroom. I believe that a flipped classroom has its place in today's education; although I think it should be viewed as a valuable tool and not a fix all. The value in a flipped classroom is not only in how to get our students to understand concepts but also in making them competent in a digital world. Using flipped classrooms would also make the student wanting a question answered have an immediate resource to go to.

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  85. This blog is a perfect place to have all of these resources in one spot. I plan on bookmarking this webpage so that I can continue to use them. PE is a difficult subject to find a consistant way to use them, but I do plan on using them for my 6th grade health courses. My favorite is probably screenr. With students getting new Chromebooks, it will be important to be able to show them how to do things with them.
    Flipping the classroom sounds like a great idea, but I want to slowly adjust my units and maybe do one at a time. I will see how the kids respond to it, and continue from there. Thanks for the great blog.

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  86. I loved your blog. What an amazing place for resources. I could see myself using all of the resources listed except for Prezi and that is only because I don't know that much about it. I enjoyed looking at your favorite links. It is an easy way to get to all different types of resources that make teaching and learning that much more fun and interesting. I plan on using your blog for future use.

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  87. Wow, what a great collection of web sites and information to have at your fingertips. Everything we learned all in one place, so I can go back and refresh my mind. Loved the study stack link. It had great ways to quiz students on many topics. I am so looking forward to getting my own class so I can try some of these great tools we have learned about.

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  88. Another site to add to my bookmarks! I love all the resources I have come away with from this class! These resources have saved me the time that I would normally spend searching online trying to find them myself ... but you guys have done the work for me and shared them -- THANK YOU!! I have used Prezi before, but didn't realize that it was public unless you pay a fee, then you can make it private. That would discourage me from using it because I wouldn't want my presentations to be public, and I wouldn't want to pay a fee to make it private. Otherwise I like the layout of Prezi because the presentation appearance is so different from power point and kids usually like the style of Prezi better.

    I'm not going to comment on all of the other ones because I would be writing a novel, but I definitely will be using many of these resources in the future since I am a technology / business educator (and still somewhat of a rookie!)

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  89. A lot of great information here! I especially enjoyed looking at Mr. Sim's fourth grade website. What a terrific example of a classroom website. I've been interested in starting a website for my classroom and this will certainly be a website I look at for guidance. I've also bookmarked this blog. Thanks for all the terrific information!

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  90. It's great that I've been exposed to some of these tools through the online classes. Finding time to work with the tools and to refine my skills so that my presentations are of a high caliber will be challenging but fun. I am challenged to find a way to use these tools in speech therapy with my students.

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  91. My students and I love youtube! There are so many videos that are engaging, educational, and match the curriculum. Kidstv123 is a fantastic channel that I pull from all the time!! Anything put to music helps my students retain the information so much easier!

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  92. I don't think the flipped classroom would work for all of my content since 75% of my class time is rehearsing choral music with the whole group and a choral rehearsal really can't be done individually, however, I can definitely see students working on music history, music theory, and other content using this approach. If I make a screen cast showing students how to use a free online tool and then use Powerschool to email all the parents the same presentation, I imagine the amount of students working on the materials outside of class time would increase.

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  93. I wondered about the usefulness of some of this technology, but some of my colleagues and I are starting to see the light. We are art teachers. When students miss a day in our class, it can put them behind because not only do they miss out in studio time, but they also miss vital information and steps for how to use materials or set up projects. The screen casts and Prezi's are awesome tools to help students stay on track. Love it!

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  94. There are so many great, creative ideas here as well as informative and educational videos and teaching tools. I just wish I could be in a class to learn everything there is to learn about technology! (Or at least become proficient at a few things!) I have yet to find a good way to use the Flipped classroom in the English classroom. I think it might be useful in teaching grammar or vocabulary, but I don't know that I would use it when teaching literature. I think YouTube has a lot of possibilities in English classrooms. Some of my students use Prezi, but only for the basics. I am interested in learning more about creating Prezis. I know I need to work on my "digital presence." I have never fully completed a Website (although I have started one in at least three different formats over the years I have taught in BPS), so I know that is something that I could set as a goal for myself.

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  95. Technology fits Social Studies like a hand and glove. Technology and me is more like oil and water. I have decided to dive in, swim like crazy, and see where I end up. I enjoy learning new things, but tech stuff sinks in slowly. Fortunately the district tech crew and Jeff Bernadt ease me along with little fuss. I am excited to see where this new capabilities, a 2nd semester student teacher, and a summer will find my classroom next fall. Much to do, much to learn, many questions to ask, time to get busy.

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  96. I'm here for the Flipped Class 101 course. The most important tool above in my opinion is YouTube. Just so many things you can do with it. ScreenR is neat, but now that I know how to make videos using QuickTimePlayer, I'm not sure it has any advantage. Digital study aids like Quizlet are good, but I feel like I can use GoogleForms to easily create similar practice quizzes for my students. Planning on making one over the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution this semester. Thanks for the info.

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  97. Thank you for introducing us to all of these new, wonderful tools! Teaching is so different than it was even five years ago. Technology is in the hands of almost every student, and many teachers are not taking advantage of these powerful tools. It is hard for me to not get completely overwhelmed by all of the tools and resources out there to implement into my classroom. I think the goal for me for this coming year, will be to implement at least three new things into my teaching and build from there.

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  98. These tools are a great way to stay current with technology in the classroom. Giving kids opportunities to use tools that they will experience in the real world is a must. Being a 1:1 iPad classroom, I see how powerful technology can be for students. Giving them an audience for the work they have created is so powerful. Students are creating, collaborating, and sharing their work with other students as well as with the world. Teaching kids how to appropriately and responsibly use technology is an important aspect of utilizing it in the classroom as well. All of the tools mentioned above are great resources when creating a flipped classroom/lesson. There are so many options when creating a flipped classroom/lesson for students! I am excited about the endless possibilities!

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  99. Teach Physical Education, I honestly think that I could use the Flipped Classroom model. Since we only have 25 minutes of PE, what a great way to have the students learn a new concept or the rules to a game so they can come "Ready to play". Even using the EduCanon and Ted-Ed will help in reviewing many of rules to a game. It will definitely take time to load these videos but I will be able to use them again and again. With all of the You-tube videos about skills and activities,making the Prezi's could be quite fun!

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  100. You have provided quite a wonderful list of resources that could be used in a flipped classroom. I love Prezi's. They are a great way to get your info out to students in an engaging way. I also Iike quizlet.com. It is a great resource for students to study or practice what they have learned in a particular content area. There are so many powerful tools that can be utilized in the classroom and I think that they will all make powerful impact in the attempt to flip my classroom. I am excited about the future!

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  101. I think ScreenR looks like a phenomenal way to do screencasts for the flipped classroom model. I love all of the ideas in this post, and am motivated to try them out in my classroom. Part of my struggle is that there are so many tools to use, that it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones best suit my own classroom needs. This blog post does a great job of breaking them down. I've already found the joy of YouTube. To think, we used to fear the use of YouTube for students in the class. Now , with monitoring and proper use, so much knowledge is at their virtual fingertips. It's an exciting time to be a teacher, and even more exciting to be a student in a world driven by technology and advancement!

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  102. Wow! There seems to be so many great tools to utilize in flipping your classroom. I am looking forward to trying out ScreenR especially because I had so much trouble using the QuickTime Player. These tools can be utilized in flipping the classroom or just making the class more tech-friendly. I think it's so helpful to see how these tools were used by other teachers (no use reinventing the wheel!) I am looking forward to trying them out for myself and seeing what works best in my classroom.

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  103. I asked for more resources and well . . . Really excited to be able to take a closer look at the capabilities of Prezi. Based on what we've been exposed to through coursework and explored on our own time, I would equate the flipped classroom movement to a dedicated mob of educators moving an idea swiftly to the forefront of our craft. I don't see a ceiling to the possibilities for lessons, and there are numerous creative ways to shatter the limitations of grade level and access. It seemed like a steep climb at the outset, but its very doable, and quality lessons could acumulate quickly with consistency and time.

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  104. There are numerous possibilities for flipping the classroom or at least beginning to flip some lessons. It feels a bit overwhelming at the moment looking at all the resources and trying to figure out which one would be the best fit and will certainly be a work in progress for a while. I like that there are resources that allow us to add questions for the students as they watch to help them process and be accountable for what they were asked to watch.

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  105. I love the idea of flipping the classroom. I look forward to incorporating this idea into my classes. The one thing that I truly love about the flipped classroom and the tools above that help the flipped classroom come to life, is that one can pause, rewind, review, and skim through the videos as many times as they want. Teaching special education, this is a great resource for the students that need reteaching and help studying. They have this resource in the palm of their hands! AWESOME!

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