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June 19, 2012

The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Tinkering and Maker Education
Jackie Gerstein, User Generated Education, June 19, 2012.

Jackie Gerstein shamelessly jumps on some current memes, such as the flipped classroom and the idea of 'Maker' education, and her model is a bit askew (to my perception) but there's definitely enough goodness here to pass along. Illustrated above is her "Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture" with four phases:

  1. Experiential Engagement: The Activity
  2. Concept Exploration: The What
  3. Meaning Making: The So What
  4. Demonstration: The Now What

To me this is an iteration of the Downes overly-simlistic (and unoriginal) theory of education: "to teach is to model and demonstrate; to learn is to practice and reflect." The demonstrating is the experiential engagement, the modeling is the concept exploration, the practice is the demonstration, the reflection is the 'meaning making'.

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Firearms students face "gunmen" holed up in remote farmhouse
West Midlands Police, YouTube, June 18, 2012.

It's not online learning - or is it? This video describes a firearms training session for the West Midlands Police. The whole thing is real-world similation - the officers go out to a barn, use real firearms, and face real people acting out various scenarios. Even the planning sessions are analog - witness the hand drawings on flipboard charts. So where's the e-learning? In the video, of course, and the intended audience is the wider community. It's a short interesting look into a process people know little about. That's something e-learning does really well, I think.

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Open content licensing for educators
Various Authors, WikiEducator, June 18, 2012.

Here are all the video signposts for the celebratory OER workshop under open content licenses including:

Participants are invited to contribute their own video to fill the missing spot for Session 3.

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Statement on school meals from Argyll and Bute Council
Press Release, Argyll and Bute Council Argyll and Bute Council , June 18, 2012.

It was, in retrospect, inevitable: "I have therefore requested senior officials to consider immediately withdrawing the ban on pictures from the school dining hall until a report can be considered by Elected Members." The wider implication, of course, is that this school division, at least, and possibly many others, will not in the future be able to react to embarassing photos and blogs by simply banning them. Kudos to Martha Payne; I hope I accomplisgh as much by the time I am 9.

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Jarl Jonas Director of CourseSites by Blackboard reflects on first MOOC
Curtis J. Bonk, TravelinEdMan, June 18, 2012.

Interview of   Best quote: "We didn’t aim to mimic the MOOCs provided to date, but wanted to create an open opportunity for individuals to learn how they want (i.e., readings vs. live class), interact with whom they want, and choose the tools with which they were most comfortable (i.e., blogs/wikis/discussions.)" Aka: "We didn't aim to mimic the MOOCs provided to date, but to cerate something just like them." See also the Google+ discussion on the article.

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