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The Flip: End of a Love Affair
Shelly Wright, Powerful Learning Practice, October 9, 2012

Interesting article documenting the reasons why one teacher drifted away from 'the flip' in her classroom. A 'flipped classroom', recall, is one where videos are assigned for viewing as homework, while class time is used for discussions and project work. It's a good idea - except that the videos are redundant. Shelly Wright writes, "As this new way of learning played out over time, my students found they didn’t need me to locate or create videos for them. Instead, they learned how to learn, and they were able to find their own resources. For me, this was a much more important skill than following my directions or using the resources I told them to use."

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Power Up Student Learning with Web 2.0: Kevin Jarrett Talks about His PLP eCourse
Uattributed, Powerful Learning Practice, January 18, 2012

Here's the other approach to online learning a five-week $249 course offered by Kevin Jarrett on student learning with web 2.0. "In our sessions we strive to dream up engaging, practical, scalable lessons. To be honest, since I teach elementary, my bias is towards grades K-4/5. But we’ve had teachers across the K-12 spectrum join in and collaborate successfully." I have to temper my first critical reaction, because if I ever need a new day job offering online courses for money might be my best bet. Today: Total:818 [Comment] [Direct Link]

How Do You Measure the Effectiveness of Professional Development?
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Powerful Learning Practice, August 26, 2010


Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach's account is basically rehashing of Bloom's, but I want to draw readers' attention to the embedded diagram depicting action learning. And the good point he make is that the effectiveness (if you want to call it that) of a learning event isn't measurable at the time of the event - you have to wait for the cycles to complete. Today: Total:2153 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Matters of the Heart
Sheryl Nussbaum Beach, Powerful Learning Practice, July 9, 2010

I once thought of having a conference booth for OLDaily. That was back before my NRC days, when employment was uncertain and I thought I'd have to survive on my speaking and writing. And after I saw Farhad Saba's Distance-Educator.com booth I thought, "I could do that." I already knew, from my days at MuniMall, that booths, especially in more traditional communities, were one of the best ways to drive traffic. Maybe a bit less so now, but I certainly wouldn't blame Sheryl Nussbaum Beach for trying. As she says, "having a booth is actually a very positive thing for a company whose premise is building community, connections." Today: Total:1016 [Comment] [Direct Link]

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