I was able to use my new tent, play lawn games and, most importantly shoot the breeze with some of the most influential and innovative teachers in Michigan. Conversations ranged from talking shop about ideas to engage and improve upon the already robust #michED community in the next year to getting to know each other on a personal level as fellow colleagues.
High school science teacher and MAET student, Kim Owens (@KimOwochta) invited Jeff and I to be a part of one of the Bridge Webinar Series on the topic of developing digital literacy skills in students, why it is important, and practical advice for teachers going forward. Viewers and participants walked away from this conversation with practical ideas. More importantly, we were energized about the importance of these efforts.
I used to play this Daft Punk song often for my students between class hours. They loved it every time. Some of them would even sing to it when entering the classroom to find their seats. Music would play while they wrote in their journals about something related to the content we would be studying for the day or had covered the day before.
We recently had a great Google Hangout with an outstanding group of educators from the Mattawan School District. Ben Rimes (@techsavvyed), Jennifer Omo (@jennomo) and Jason Osborn (@mrosbornj) talked about their experiences with blended learning in their classrooms. We enjoyed hearing about these blended examples from 3rd-5th grade classrooms.
We had the pleasure of learning from Shawn Maison about his blended teaching experiences recently. Shawn teaches AP Biology, Biotechnology, Anatomy and Academic Biology at John Glenn High School. He also teaches Geology at the University of Phoenix and AP Biology, Biology, Forensics and Bioethics for Michigan Virtual School.
Check out our great conversation with Tara in this Google Hangout. Beyond hearing about the immense learning affordances that Tara has experienced as a result of flipping her classroom, it was especially interesting to hear the perspective of Collin and Morgan who are a couple of students in Tara’s classes.
Recently, Dave and I made the two-mile trek from the MVU office up to Red Cedar Elementary to meet up with Mary Wever (@WeverWorld) and her student teacher Deedee Stasiak (@MissStasiak). We’re always eager to get out to schools to visit with teachers who are doing great things with blended learning. Mary and Deedee really fit that bill.
Corrine Gordon discusses competency-based learning models with Veronica Diaz. She discusses the advantages of differentiated instruction possible with competency-based models. More personal support for students from the teacher… freedom for students in regard to place and time… more agility with personalized learning options...
It is an interesting idea to conceptualize an active learning classroom focused on customized, individualized and personalized instruction with the Apple Store layout and culture as a framework.
In the documentary style production, Allyson Rockwell’s production team brought together a group of teachers for this documentary to highlight a technology pilot program and the impact it has had on the students and community in Ludington, Michigan.