Saturday, 18 April 2015

Sophia showed me how to Flip my Classroom for FREE!

Over the Autumn break I did quite a lot of personal professional development based on the philosophy of "Flipped Learning" and "Flipping the Classroom." To extend my knowledge and officially add to my PD portfolio I earned a professional development certificate, for free, on how to "flip" my classroom with, an online education platform providing over 25,000 free academic tutorials on a variety of subjects. 

Sophia showed me How to Flip my Classroom for FREE!

Sophia is an online social education platform that has partnered with Capella University to offer a series of tutorials on flipping the classroom. They also offer iPad Prepared Certification and Chrome Classroom Certification.

Sophia showed me How to Flip my Classroom for FREE!

Sophia is a first-of-its-kind online social teaching and learning platform that offers academic content to anyone, anywhere, free of charge. The site ( has been described as a mashup of Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube focused solely on education where users teach what they know and learn what they don’t. Via Eventbrite

I earned my certificate by completing a set of tutorials on a range of topics including "What is the Flipped Classroom?", "Technology and Resources" and "Differentiation Via the Flipped Class." The course too me about four hours to complete and part of the assessment is to create a Flipped Lecture that could be used in my classroom. Sophia also offers free webinars on the flipped classroom. 

I have not been paid or sponsored to write about Sophia, I just wanted to share this incredible free PD resource with my colleagues, especially those who are interested in learning more about Flipping the Classroom!

Best wishes,

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Technology,Teaching and Tradition: Finding the Right Balance.

As I begin to prepare for another term after a relaxing mid-semester break, I have found myself feeling very excited about teaching new content. However, I'm also quite anxious about balancing the integration of technology with my own often very traditional teaching methods in all of my lessons. How will I find time to teach the content required for my students to actually pass the course, make my lessons accessible and interesting to all students in my classes, keep up with my own personal professional development whilst maintaining a happy home life?

12 Tips on Staying Inspired | Infographic
Image via Ultralinx

All I can say is thank goodness that I have Twitter! The inflow of valuable information that I have found on Twitter is inspiring and pragmatic. My PLN has grown, I have learned so many things about  Flipped Learning and #edtech but I have also come to terms with the fact that the key to a happy classroom and a happy personal life is BALANCE! 

Zen Stones
Zen Stones by George Hodan

My favourite education site Edutopia, a site founded by filmmaker George Lucas in 1991 as part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, is my go-to resource for all things tech and teaching. In one of their posts titled Technology and Teaching: Finding a Balance, the author, Andrew Marcinek who is the Director of Technology and co-founder, reminded educators that it's not about how much tech we integrate into our lessons but how we provide our students with the best access to all kinds of learning resources.

Ignore the clutter of overzealous edtech enthusiasts and find your focus to design your own instruction.

As an "old-school" teacher who loves telling stories and providing information via books (gasp!) I think the best thing for me is to make sure that I comfortably balance my teaching style with technology that will assist my students to learn what I am teaching them. I don't think that technology is optional for teaching and learning, it is definitely necessary. I just know that I will not be a slave to tech! 

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, 
the teacher is the most important.
Bill Gates

Technology,Teaching and Tradition: Finding the Right Balance.

I'm going to continuing teaching MY way but use technology to transform and reshape the way that my students learn. I will not only be providing them with new and engaging experiences but I will be continuing my own learning in the process. I will facilitate learning through a multitude of pathways, by utilising diverse technologies. I think it's going to be a win-win situation for everyone!

Best wishes,


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Friday, 10 April 2015

Flipped Learning, the Flipped Classroom and Twitter as a PLN: Favourite Pins Friday

My PLN (Personal Learning Network) is Twitter and I am continually amazed at the wealth of information that can be found via this amazing social media platform.

Flipped Learning, the Flipped Classroom and Twitter as a PLN: Favourite Pins Friday

I am currently researching the advantages and disadvantages of Flipped Learning and I have found an abundant selection of current and pedagogically sound resources about the Flipped Classroom on Twitter.

I will be testing all of my research and applying it a small group of ESL (English as a Second Language) students in one of my core classes. Like all the other educators I have met on Twitter who are flipping their classrooms, I am finding that the "traditional" classroom model is not catering to the needs of all of my students very well. I hope that by providing readings, videos and other material that would ordinarily be accessed by students during ,'normal' class time as homework content, my ESL students will be able to read ahead, make translations and gain a better understanding of content so they can engage with the content at a deeper level during the next lesson. Technology will be utilised to enhance understanding, encourage individualised learning and provide one-on-one help to students.

Image and post found at Edudemic

The students can watch short lessons, read primary and secondary sources, and listen to podcasts as many times as they wish. This will allow them to grasp the content at their own pace so they can come to class prepared to answer questions, work on inquiry-based projects, and expand their knowledge of the the content even further. This will also allow me to have extra time to assist non ESL students thus will hopefully improve student-teacher interaction for all students in the class.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Sharing Educational Resources: Favourite Pins Friday

Do you find inspiration, ideas and educational innovations on Pinterest? I do so I thought it might be fun to end the week by sharing a few of my favourite pins.

Favorite TEACHING pin:

25 ways to be an effective teacher in your classroom via An Ethical Island


Favourite #edtech pin:

27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice via Create, Innovate Explore

Apps v2 sharing

Favourite #FlippedClassroom pin:

Infographic created by We are Teachers

Resource about the #flippedclassroom #edchat

Favourite RESOURCE pin:

How To Cite Social Media: MLA & APA Formats via Teach Bytes

My favourite MEME pin:


And finally, because I LOVE cooking, here is my favourite FOODIE pin!

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Brownies via my other blog, Natasha in Oz

Sharing Educational Resources: Favourite Pins Friday

If you would like to see what else I'm pinning please join me over at Pinterest and don't forget you can also find me at Twitter and on Google+

Thanks for the fun link up Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Best wishes,