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April 2012

Flipped Classroom- Give Your Students Time to Learn

Let’s talk about flipped classrooms.

The first time I heard about a flipped classroom, I decided to try it the very next day. I figured- “HEY! This can’t be too difficult… I’ll just set up a video camera and film the lecture I give in class”.

That was a mistake.

After viewing the twenty-minute footage of myself trying to explain how to write an introduction paragraph, I realized three things:

  • My voice is higher and more monotone than I thought
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A Video Overview of my Student News Production Class

I’m really excited about this post. I started teaching Video Production at the beginning of this school year,  and I implemented a student news station (with daily video broadcasts) and a website through which people could view videos, submit announcements, and read the student newspaper. We finally put together a video (for the school board) that explains what RAHS News is and how it affects our school community. Check it out!

An overview of RAHS News from RAHS News on … Read the rest

Teaching The Hunger Games- introducing a new book into the curriculum using technology integration

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I received an email a few weeks ago from a CSUN student, Alicia, who is majoring in English Education asking what my process was for introducing a new book into the curriculum [referencing The Hunger Games]. Here is my lengthy response.

1. Find a book you like. I read the book this summer and completely lost myself in the trilogy. Seriously. I started the first book on a Friday afternoon and kept reading until I finished the … Read the rest