Flipped Learning Today
Official Newsletter of the Flipped Learning Network
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Dear Flipped Learning Network Community,

Last year we launched a number of initiatives, one of which was this one – our newsletter – Flipped Learning Today. We begin this year with our 3rd issue, bringing you the latest in flipping and keeping you up-to-date in a fast-paced field that is developing before our eyes daily.

Our regular features include: How and Why I Started Flipping, where one flipped educator shares their discovery of flipped learning; Pillar Corner, where we focus on one of the Four Pillars of F-L-I-P in each issue; Tool Tips, where we take a close look at one specific technology application useful for flipping your instruction; The Interview: an extended video conversation with one of the early adopters of flipped learning; and Spotlight on an FLN Member, where a member of our community shares a current project related to flipping in a specific classroom context.

In this issue, in How and Why I Started Flipping, Dena Leggett shares her story of how she began her flipped learning adventures in AP Chemistry. Kevin Nash is our Pillar Corner writer, focusing on the Flexible Environment Pillar, Indicators F2: Continually observe and monitor students to make adjustments as appropriate and F3: Provide students with different ways to learn content and demonstrate the mastery.  Alex Escobar writes our Tool Tips section, looking at his favorite application, “Learning Catalytics.” For this issue’s Interview, Kelly Walsh, our FLN Community Administrator, talks with Ramsey Musallam, a high school chemistry teacher well-known for his TED Talk on Spark Learning and his recent book Spark Learning: 3 Keys to Embracing the Power of Student Curiosity. Finally, the Spotlight on an FLN Member shines on Justin Aglio, a former FLN board member. He shares his reflection on resistance to change and embracing it through innovations in flipped learning. We hope you enjoy our third issue. Contact information for all the authors is posted with their bios, and you should feel free to contact them.

In each issue, we also include links to other organizations focused on flipping and to resources and information newly made available. If you missed the first two issues, be sure to check them both out for many intriguing articles and useful information: Spring 2017 and Fall 2017.

Our spring issue will be our first themed issue and will focus on flipping all forms of language instruction – English Language Arts, World Languages, and English to Speakers of Other Languages. If you have an interest in writing for this issue, be sure to contact me.

Let us know what we can do to make this publication essential reading for you and all flippers!

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Third Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference
June 14th & 15th, 2018
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado

FlipTech East Coast 2018
June 29th & 30th, 2018
Collingswood High School, Collingswood, NJ

FlipCon New Zealand 2018
September 7th & 8th, 2018
Ormiston Senior College, Auckland

FlipCon Australia 2018
September 14 & 15, 2018
Monash Uni, Melbourne

Flipped Learning Early Adopter Interview: Ramsey Musallam

We’re really excited to have Ramsay Musallam join us for this edition of the FLT newsletter! Musallam is a high school science teacher currently teaching in California, and he started ‘flipping’ back in 2006 – 2007. He is widely recognized as an early adopter of the approach. Like many other early adopters, flipped instruction was a stepping stone in Musallam’s continuing quest to grow and improve as an educator.

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Flipped Learning Tool Tip: Learning Catalytics

I am always looking for ways to enhance interactivity in the classroom at Emory University, where I teach neurobiology and biochemistry. If you are teaching larger classes of a hundred or more, you know that you have to be pretty creative to make this happen. Many educators have turned to using clickers as a tool to get real-time feedback on student understanding, but I have changed over to using a great tool …

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Flipping for New Ideas

On February 19, 1968, Mister Rogers Neighborhood debuted on PBS Television. During that first episode, Mr. Rogers taught us that change leads to new ideas. Fast-forward 50 years later. In education, we would do well to heed this lesson. We need to continue changing because we need to generate new ideas. Why is this important? Students across the U.S. have so much untapped potential to develop new ideas.

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How I got Started with Flipped Learning

It was midway through the 2010-2011 school year, and I had just joined the AP chemistry community discussion forum and Jon Bergmann posted a comment that included the term “flipped classroom”. When I responded, he gave me a succinct summary: lecture goes home via video and homework is done in the classroom. The lights went on in my head and they have become brighter every year since!

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Avoiding FLOPs with Adult Learners: Building a Flexible Learning Environment

In my 20+ years as a corporate trainer I had my share of training flops. 20/20 hindsight has given me a perspective on some of the possible causes?

  • Did I unwittingly create a Frigid learning culture instead of a welcoming learning environment?
  • Was I too Leaden and rigid in my approach and not flexible enough?
  • Did I have Obsolete content that was not seen as relevant by my students?
  • Did I appear ill-prepared and Probationary to my students – not yet a professional?

I had my share of FLOPs, but maybe I should be more positive and think about my training successes. Then I recalled the old Samoan saying: “the person with burnt fingers asks for tongs.”

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