FlippedDayIt all started at ed.Ted.comAn idea spawned by Mark Wilson about a way to spread the Flipped Classroom around the world. And today, I am proud to announce that on September 6, 2013, the Flipped Learning Network™ will host the first “Flip Your Classroom Day: A Global Initiative.”  On Flipped Day  — 9-6-2013 — educators across the globe will take a pledge to flip one lesson to experience Flipped Learning, with the expectation this leads to further flipped units or an entire course. For more information, visit flippedday.org

Based on a survey conducted by the Speak Up National Research Project (Fall, 2012), it is estimated that only 3% of the teachers in the U.S. know about or “do” flipped learning. Yet 27% of principals indicated their teachers wanted to try it this year!  Join the growing ranks of educators who are moving from a teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered learning environment.

Teachers can either Create or Curate a lesson on Flipped Day
While the FLN encourages teachers to create their own videos, we know many educators prefer to use others’ videos as they start to flip or to supplement their own work.

Create — If teachers want to create their own videos, TechSmith has created a tutorial on how to make classroom screencasts. This step-by-step guide will show educators how to get started, how to identify a lesson, and organize, record, review and share their videos. Learn more with this interactive site from TechSmith.

Curate — Companies and non-profits alike have contributed to a list of lessons for teachers to select from for Flipped Day.  Browse through the list of turn-key options to see the various subjects, grade bands and relevancy. Once teachers find a lesson, they can review it, and adapt it as needed to fit their classroom.

Turn-key Lessons include:

  • Project WET: Discover the Incredible Journey of Water in the Water Cycle
  • Carolina Biological Supply Company: How Big is a Living Cell?
  • PBS LearningMedia: Design and Build a Tangle-Free Headphone Holder
  • Sophia Learning: The Study of Density
  • WGBH: Internal and External Character Conflict
  •  Mackin Educational Resources: Computer Use & Policies
  • eduCanon: Inference vs. Observation
  • Channel One:  National Youth Orchestra Ambassadors Program
  • Knowmia: What is Temperature? Or Distance Formula

Teachers — Take the pledge now to flip a lesson on Friday, Sept 6 (or any day for that matter)! Sign up using a Google form.  Let us know on the pledge form if you will flip your own lesson or use one from the list!

More – Teachers, want more tips to get started in flipped learning?  Join the Ning, the largest and longest running online community of practice on the topic.  Once approved set up your Profile and then select which Forums fit your needs, such as the First Timers’ group. Scroll through the Discussion threads, post questions, answer questions!

Read Jon Bergmann & Aaron Sam’s book Flip your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day; attend a webinar this fall (live or archived) on the CCSS and FL; attend a regional workshop; and/or bring the Foundations of Flipped Learning™ to your district and train a cohort of 25 teachers with an experienced educator.  Learn more about the tips above on the FLN’s website.

About the Flipped Learning Network ™
Founded in 2012 by Flipped Learning pioneers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, the mission of the Flipped Learning Network™ is to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning.  FLNLogo
The goals of the not-for-profit are to:
* Provide professional learning opportunities on Flipped Learning.
* Conduct, collaborate and disseminate relevant research on Flipped Learning.
* Act as the clearinghouse for distributing promising practices for “flipped” educators.

For more information about the FLN, contact Kari Arfstrom, executive director at kari@flippedlearning.org and visit the website at www.flippedlearning.org

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