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EdTech News Tuesday, June 5

Using Google Classroom to Flip Your Lessons

  • While a traditional model involves students learning new material during class time and then practicing it at home, a flipped classroom reverses things so that students learn new material at hometypically by watching a video or other presentationand then practice during class time.
  • There are two main advantages to flipping the classroom: students seem to be more engaged with their homework when it is a video than when it is a worksheet and, secondly, practice is normally more productive when the teacher is available to helps students who need guidance.
  • Plus, Google Classroom makes it simple to differentiate learning by making different assignments to different students.
  • Even in cases where all students are given the same video or presentation, students can proceed through the materials at the pace appropriate for their unique learning needs.
  • Another benefit of using Google Classroom to flip lessons is that it integrates materials from Docs, Sheets, Drive, and Gmail, so that it is easy for teachers to make assignments, for students to access the instructional materials that they need, and for teachers to assess student learning.

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Using Google Classroom to Flip Your Lessons

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Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft Continue to Fight for the Education Market

This teacher uses butterflies and bracelet-making to bring science alive for her students

  • On the afternoon of Chalkbeats visit, Poindexters class was in the middle of its Monarch butterfly unit.
  • After the story, Poindexter tells the class that they will be coloring their own life-size Monarch butterflies to send to a classroom in Mexico, signifying how the Monarchs migrate in the fall from the United States to Mexico.
  • 1:30 p.m. Before the coloring can commence, Poindexter tells the class theyll be learning a song about the butterfly lifecycle, which they need to teach to someone at home for homework.
  • Poindexter demonstrates how to make the bracelet using a black pipe-cleaner and a small handful of beads: one white for the egg, a black and two yellows for the caterpillar, a green bead for the chrysalis, and a butterfly-shaped bead for the final stage when the caterpillar turns into a…
  • Once the class has finished their bracelets, now safely on their wrists, Poindexters teaching assistant collects the freshly colored butterflies.

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This teacher uses butterflies and bracelet-making to bring science alive for her students