The Digital Agenda!

1. The flip classroom - flipping homework with content delivery, a working model with 4 modes / buy-in points. (1 hour)
2. Motivation and engagement - Battling boredom by adding engagement strategies into the classroom. Something practical and a shared understanding. (30 mins)
3. Connecting your practice - small things to join a connected learning community. Round 1 - Twitter (15 mins)
4. Infusion projects at the secondary level - making the most out of limited lab time. (15 mins)
- my offerings and uptake
- introduction to Horizon's Engage website.


Consider the following video.

Think ... pair .... share!

The Questions:

What did you notice about the classroom?
What are some thoughts you have on this style of classroom?

  • For the students - actively involve your students by asking a question, inviting them to think. Then pair up to discuss their responses. Finally share ideas with the greater group to gain a survey of understanding.


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Value statement:

Time spent in the classroom needs to actively engage the student more and focus less on content delivery.

For the Students: This strategy makes students thoughts and opinions very visible.
Designate one side of the room AGREE and the opposite side DISAGREE (you can hang signs if you wish).
The teacher makes a value statement; students decide on their response and stand along the continuum. If they completely agree or disagree- stand at the relevant end, or somewhere towards the middle. Ask a couple of students to explain their choices and discuss.

More on the flip classroom? More thinking tools? Here are a few!

With technology how we teach and the way we teach have a huge potential for change. Consider a flipped classroom model.

Do these sound familiar?

- Teaching to the middle.
- Higher level students not challenged.
- Struggling students not receiving enough effective remediation
- * 90% of classtime spent on delivery and review of content and 10% spent on application.
- Applying learned skills outside of class away from support and guidance that leads to frustration, struggles or simply giving up and not doing.
- not enough time for differentiation.

So think ... Content delivered outside of classroom and applied in the classroom.

All students are engaged and challenged.
--- Video Explanation -

So let's review!

Start small by considering doing a miniflip!

modes_of_flip.png - Grade 3 even!

1. Introduce tomorrow's topic today!

Take up new content in the last part of the class and ask the students to respond via a survey. This way you can engage the students immediately the following day and then apply it. : Watch a video and have students respond to a poll.
- those who do not have internet at home should be encouraged to respond right at the end of class or just prior to next class.

Example. Watch video above and address the poll -->
Working -

2. Flip a lesson!

Start by using a video, interactive website that introduces a concept and work off of an open inquiry that is group based. Present and share at end and summate understanding.

Example. Chemical reactivity -

3. Go full flipped with a lesson set, unit or course!

Resources to build a flip off! (See section 4 how to go about making your own flips)

Khan's Academy -

All things science!

Things to prepare for in a flipped classroom and be aware of by Shelley Wright (Moose Jaw Public).

4. Ready to make your own?

Consider fizz - Better than a front row seat! -
Generate and publish -
Setting up a workspace to record -
A sask teacher math videos ....

*More on flip classroom and design here (well worth the read) -

5. Flipped Classrooms - It's not about the technology

Enhancing the class and learning opportunity by implementing specific technologies
- videos (for direct class instruction)
- collaboration tools (google docs)
- surveying tools (polleverywhere, smart response)
- mobile devices (cell,ipad, ipods)
- screencasting (targeted content)
- flip cameras (student/staff generated and published content)
- online assessment (moodle)
- document camara (sharing the experience, exemplary work)

6. Join a learning community

There is a wealth of resourceful individuals like you out there.

Consider joining a learning community at your subject level that is already doing this!


*partner in groups of 3 or so.


Look up and Share with "Eyes on Education - Battling Boredom"

  • Read through the introduction.
    • Stop at the end of the first page and share
      • How significant is his quest?
    • Stop at the end of the second page and share
      • Consider the 6 points: which 3 do you think are the most relevant?
    • Stop at the end of the last page and share
      • Which "news" do you find more challenging to work with?

"Make a case for" - Student Engagement Activity

  • boredom.jpgBrief over the table of contents of "Eyes on Education - Battling Boredom"and select a section that you would like to find out more strategies on! Before you go out and buy the book what can you find out about the suggested activities.
  • On common locate our base ideas document.
  • Now make a case for the one strategy you think everyone should consider, as a team prepare a strategy on the wikipage for your group.
    • Describe and give detail how the strategy works
    • Be prepared to defend:
      • How would this strategy make a case for engagement?

Strategy Shares

There are many ways to share findings. Consider wallwisher, googledocs, corkboard, linoit etc. as digital ways to get the job done.


Twittering your classroom and practice:

Twitter is a unique way to share an idea, resource or carry on a micro conversation.
How to tweets to #hzsd.
  • Log into twitter ( and begin a tweet.
  • Add the #hzsd hashtag so that tweet appears on the engage site and those who follow the #hzsd hash tag.
  • Once ready click tweet to join the conversation!

Join the twitterverse and begin the conversation. Need help? Click on the bird --->

Possible Idea to tweet about? Critical Thinking Strategies!
Critical Thinking Strategy - Decode the picture - introduce strategy -

Set down an object, picture, model etc and have the students decode the piece!

Decode using this document!

Gr. 6 Science Idea here on electricity -
Or Gr 7 Science -


A few thoughts about infusion at 8-12.

  • 1-3 periods in length
  • does not have to be primarily computer based - pod-casting, cell phones or macrotheatre are examples.
  • About infusion: The general principle guiding technology infusion is to use technology within the classroom setting to enhance both teaching and learning. It is project-based, centered around current curriculum, and has 3 goals in mind: think, create, share!
  • We like to create a school wide wiki to share the final projects with a wider audience and are very mindful of copyright, plagiarism, and privacy concerns while doing so. We would encourage you to keep your ideas simple and realistic. For many of you this would be your first time through an infusion project and some of the time would need to be spent on learning new media literacy skills prior to working on the actual curriculum content.
    Here are some basic project ideas that teachers could consider:
    • Book Making (UberAuthor Program)
    • Graphic Novel Production
    • Poster Making (Digital Image Manipulation)
    • Web Site Creation Presentations (PowerPoint, Prezi, or similar)
    • Video Production Macrotheatre or Photostory
    • Creation Flash or Stop Motion Animation
    • Digital Storytelling Concept Mapping (Inspiration/Kidspiration)
    • Game Making
    • Digital Citizenship Lessons (Blogging, Wiki, Social Networking)
    • Digital Voices (Podcastiing, Myvoice, Mystory, Voicethread)
    • Connected Classroom Projects (Skype, Electronic Pen Pals).
    • Screen Casting and Concept Demonstration
    • Collaborative Documents (google docs and cloud computing)


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Students reflect on their changing thinking by answering the question stem
I used to think…But now I think…

Not only does this routine help students reflect but it also helps to consolidate learning when they explain how and why their thinking has changed.

Round-Table Share Based on the "I USED TO THINK - BUT NOW I THINK." stem.

.... that's all folks!

I do invite any general comments or questions about this pd or other opportunities that I could assist you with. Please email me or tweet @jrswanster.