Flipped Classrooms: Let’s Change The Discussion

NOTE: This is a cross-post of a piece I wrote for SmartBlogs. You can see the original here. Since Sal Khan’s 2011 TED Talk, the Khan Academy has been nearly synonymous with “flipped classrooms.” This is because since then, Khan Academy has been promoted by the Gates Foundation as well as major media outlets likeRead More

Doing What We Do

It is believed that the average adult makes 35,000 decisions every day. There is even research that suggests that decision fatigue plagues many professionals. Not all of our choices are cognitively difficult (Do I feed the dog first, or eat my breakfast first?) but those decisions add up over time. We also have motivations playingRead More

The Flipped Classroom Hits Russia

I just returned from a three-day trip to Russia. That's right. Three days. I was asked to go and share the ideas behind the flipped classroom at a culture and book fair hosted by Strelka University in downtown Moscow. I did not have a very clear picture of who my audience would entail, but itRead More

Ugly Learning

Unfortunately, we are entrenched in an age of education that wants to be "pretty." Students are all reaching "mastery" in every subject and they all move at the same pace through every class every year. Like all utopian societies, this is not attainable. True learning is ugly (to outsiders), and we need to embrace thatRead More

#Flipclass Chat Starts With a Bang

Monday, March 5 was the inaugural #flipclass chat event. We promoted the chat on Twitter, Google+, and various blogs to push a great first session. After crunching some data collected in the archive, it was bigger than I had anticipated. In the hour-long chat, there were: 95 individual tweeters 888 total tweets, 869 of themRead More

The Flipped Class is Here to Stay

...or, "The Difference Between a Fad and a Usable, Meaningful Tool is the Teacher." I missed #EdChat...again. It's one of the downsides of living just inside the Central Time Zone border. The 12PM EdChat is during a class, before my lunch hour. The evening EdChat is during the dinner hour, before my work block atRead More