Exploring the potential of Flipped Learning

The term Flipped Classroom has been a buzz word in education circles for a few years.
The potential for improving classroom practice and engagement is partly why there are many innovative teachers adopting these methods into their classroom practice.

See the links to resources to support your exploration.There are many examples of this being done successfully (with documentation of these journeys).

JSSALC diggo links Flipped Learning

Twitter hashtags #flippedclassroom and #flippedclass

21stedtech has an excellent collection of resources (research and practical examples).

Additionally, an infographic (for those who learn visually) explains the concept and impact succinctly. The statistics on improved student learning are mind blowing.

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

If you would like to try this with your class please let me know. Happy to support.

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY CHALLENGE: How are you changing your teaching and learning?

Digital Learning Day is coming soon- 6th February 2013.

See the Digital learning facebook page.

Digital learning is also known as e-learning. One example of e-learning is flipped classrooms. This can take a variety of formats. Please ask me if you would like support with this.

Currently, I am a participant in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)   E-Learning and Digital Culture. It is a coursera course – online courses run by various  universities around the world (and it is free!).

This is the twitter feed.


Great reading: Flip your classroom 

See the website below for some resources to help you. “The Alliance develops toolkits to provide digital learning resources and ideas for teachers in specific subject areas. The tools and resources in these toolkits are not the totality of good information available; instead, they are designed to provide guidance on how technology and digital learning can enhance the educational experience and outcomes for all students. We continue to add to this collection and welcome any ideas, tools, models, or resources. Learn & Explore with these incredible toolkits!”

Source http://www.digitallearningday.org/take-action/ Other resources

See more about flipping the classroom at

Techsmith flipped classroom

Another valuable resource for Australian educators is The National Digital Learning Resources Network (Education Services Australia) http://www.ndlrn.edu.au/default.asp

Take the challenge, improve your learning, reach your students and have FUN!




The Daring Librarian

This year for my orientation to use of the PYP  library we are going to use some QR codes. I will have a scavenger hunt for students to orientate themselves but I am also looking for some higher order and creative thinking to be employed.

We will look at what a contemporary library is using the Y chart as a stimulus (looks like, sounds like, feels like) and consider how this is different from the library of the past using the PYP ATTITUDES and PYP LEARNER PROFILE as support materials.

Teachers and students will have a chance to look at the PYP  library using the QR CODE.

See the following links for more information.




See the link below for a great example of QR codes being used in a Specialist class (PE).



Finally, this glogster is an excellent introduction to QR codes in education.




2012 top learning tools for 2012

Each year Jane Hart compiles the Top 100 learning tools.

Additionally, Jane has also provided the following tools:

“But now for the complete 2012 Top 100 Tools list. I have prepared a number of resources that not only provide detail about the tools but that also help to analyze the list.  This includes:

– a shareable slideset, (via Slideshare), which I have embedded below
– a textual list, where you can also see at a glance, how the tools are commonly being used (ie for Personal/Professional use, in Education or in the Enterprise)
– a list of the Winners and Losers in 2012 – compared to 2011
– and a categorised list of tools, called Best of Breed 2012

And, if you want to compare the rankings across the six surveys, there’s the Top 100 Tools 2007-2012 list too.”




I love looking at this list to see if I am current in my awareness of the tools that others are using, as well as finding new ones!

It is an excellent way to easily share what can be used from the myriad of resources out there, that can simply overwhelm.

My general rule of thumb is – find one new tool to experiment with – consider its benefit to education – trial it with some students and then share :).




I already use the majority of tools on the list – but will be testing out Learnist as an alternative content curator.