Editor’s Note – Flip not a flop - Tech Learning

Editor’s Note – Flip not a flop

Can it be only a year since Tech & Learning sported this“Flipped” cover?
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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?

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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!

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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 anyone?

— Kevin Hogan
Editorial Director

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Editor’s Note: Present Perfect

Welcome to 2015 and to the 35th year of Tech&Learning! While the owners, titles, and editors of this chronicle have changed many times over the decades, the mission has not—to share ideas and tools for edtech leaders.

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Editor’s Note: Best Guesses

In what has become an annual Tech&Learning tradition, theeditors asked our esteemed team of advisors to bring outthe crystal ball and try to divine what’s next in edtech.

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Editor’s Note: Big Ideas

One of the more satisfying aspects of this job is theopportunity to meet regularly with some of America’smost innovative educators and to pick their brains.

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Editor’s Note: Focus on the Function

The great Los Angeles iPad debacle continues this fall,with contract suspensions, admin investigations, andcalls for resignations (oh my!) If you haven’t beenfollowing the story, I’ll point you to latimes.com forall the ugly details, but let’s just say the whole affaircontinues to stink, especially for the students.

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Editor’s Note: E-Rate the Right Way

I think we can all agree with FCC Commissioner JessicaRosenworcel when she spoke last month at SXSWedu: “Witha reformed E-Rate—or E-Rate 2.0—we can extend the reachof broadband in our schools.

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Editor’s Note: In a Perfect World

One of the best experiences at Tech&Learning’s mostrecent SchoolCIO Summit, which was held lastSeptember in Denver, CO, was when we forced, er,requested the 50 or so attending district executives toparticipate in some group management role play.