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I listened to the Learning Spaces ReDesignED: Episode #2 podcast from about the Arlington Heights Media Library’s new area called “The Hub” (the Google+ Videocast is embedded above). The key elements of this space was that it is large enough to facilitate group work and studying areas. Making the location more social. Tom Spicer, the teen librarian, was asked about students bringing their own devices and he said that wasn’t really the case. I was shocked to hear this because I have just assumed that every kid has a laptop or iPad at this point. Spicer said the library’s computers got 400 uses in one month. I really enjoyed the discussion of the recessed screen connected to Apple TV for demonstration and the empowerment of giving them the code.

…address this question – “Are podcasts something you would consider for professional learning in the future?”

I would 100% consider podcasting for professional development and know I am going to. I am an avid podcaster, because my favorite talk radio show was taken off about 5 years ago and started a podcast. I think it is an extremely under utilized format of media. I think it is because people do not understand the accessibility and flexibility that podcast provide the listener.  I think employers/administrators need to realize the benefits as well. I am sure some of the fear is that some teachers will not actually listen to them. I think those folks probably would not be listening at a conference presentation either. The difference is that the teacher who are willing to evolve will be able to take in the information when it is best for them.


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The Flipped Classroom Checklist

In Andrew Miller’s post on, entitled Five Best Practices for Flipped Classroom, he discusses “Need to Know”, “Engaging Models”, “Technology”, “Reflection”, and “Time and Place”. Miller also is very clear that flipped classroom does not fix weak teaching skills.

My intent is not to say that the flipped classroom is bad. Rather, it is only a start. The focus should be on teacher practice, then tools and structures. The flipped classroom is one way to help move teachers toward better teaching but does not ensure it.

I also liked how he was certain to push for teacher to not start at flipped classroom and then develop their plans. It is a tool to utilize while implementing your learning plan. I think so often technology is used for the sake of using technology or used without thinking through how it fits into the bigger picture.

Miller does hit on the what I see as the biggest strength of the flipped classroom, which is the teacher spending more face time assisting their students than talking at them. This, in my opinion, is where the successful results found from flipping the classroom stems from.

It fosters the “guide on the side” mentality and role, rather than that of the “sage of the stage.”

Another benefit, I have not seen discussed anywhere is that this setting should cultivate a better relationship between the student and teacher. This would lead to a strengthen willingness to ask questions in the classroom. Its hard to be against something that provides a side effect like that.

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