Editor’s Note – Flip not a flop
4/23/2013 8:30:00 PM
Can it be only a year since Tech & Learning sported this
“Flipped” cover? I remember well the conversation with
fellow editors about the image: Will our readers get it?
Do we get it?
Thanks to no-nonsense insights from authors
Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, we like to think
everyone got flipped that month, as they laid out precisely how
their ideas can be used in a real-world classroom setting (Here’s
the link: http://bit.ly/ZedB3Z.) Since that time Bergmann and
Sams have become celebrities of a sort, speaking around the world,
proselytizing the good news of using podcasts and YouTube to
improve instruction. To that end, this month contributing editor Ellen Ullman reports on how
educators that get flipped use it across curricula in schools
all over the county. It’s not all that radical when you get
into the nitty-gritty: assigning videos for homework,
devoting more class time to engaged discussion rather
than lecture, and maybe, most importantly, getting
students to think for themselves. What a concept!
Of course, none of these instructional improvements
can take place without some hardcore A/V and network
infrastructure to support them. We also take a hard look
at the pipes this month with a special feature on schoolwide
deployments of displays, clickers, and speakers as well as network management tips for district
bandwidth. There will be a quiz next month on
what new acronyms you have learned: BYON and MDM
— Kevin Hogan
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