Differentiated Flipped Classroom


Vetted Digital Content

We heard a lot about MOOCs over the past couple of years. Their use in k-12 has been unfathomable at the beginning, and there were even questions such as : "Are MOOCs here to stay?"

Whatever the hype or fear was then, the past couple of years saw an astounding growth in access to digitally delivered content. More and more schools are flipping instruction, and putting learning in the student hands. With their vetted content and top of the line instructors and materials, MOOCs may be a great choice for your students. So how do we choose the right course, or, even better, where do you find one that your students could use? Are they free? Can anyone join? Do they make them for High School?

Let's start at the beginning; MOOCs are Massively Open Online Courses, which, as they name says, are online, open (free), and bring together the world in one class. Students from all over the world can enroll in the course, making it the most cosmopolite school we might have ever attended. So how do we choose the right course, or, even better, where do you find one that your students could use? Are they free? Can anyone join? Do they make them for High School?

There are several options and this list will give you an idea of what is out there. The new thing about MOOCs is that they heard our (k-12) cry for help and they created courses for our students as well.

edX is a MOOC that could become your best friend in your flipped classroom. Because we differentiate our teaching in class, naturally, we will do the same online. edX is a great solution to accelerate those students who are ready. You can also flip your whole class with various sections form the course wikis. But most of all, by exposing them to the edX courses and discussion boards, you are enabling your students to learn in a global community, with peers from all over the world. Even better, they can become content developers for your class by merely doing their homework.

Here are some tips to get you started.

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5 Tips for Using edX With Your Students

1. Plan ahead

Check the course list to see when the course you need becomes available, and enroll. You will receive updates (this also helps in case you have too much on your plate and forget about the start date).

2. Make a list

Identify the students who would benefit from the selected course. You will want the students who are able to learn independently, self-monitor, and be responsible.

3. Check it twice

You can enroll in the course with your students, if the course is "live", to support their interactions with course peers through the first few weeks. This is also a good way for you to assess understanding of content, response to pacing and resilience.

4. Learn from the past

If your course is no longer active, you can always enroll your students in an archived course. Not only do they have access to the wiki, textbook and activities, but they can view student responses from the active course. This can guide their thinking and the student driven lead to discovery learning that we all wish for our students.

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5. Build a teacher

Once you have a group of students actively learning on the MOOC, you can require them to submit for grading the work they do in the course. Ask the students to turn the response into a real-life example, and demo it in a screencast, graphic, essay, video, blog entry, etc. The work submitted this way can serve as flipped content for a number of other students whom otherwise would not be exposed to this teaching method, not to mention that it will build your library of remedial teaching content pretty fast!

Join me Monday, Feb. 2nd, 3:00-4:30 pm (room 8B) at TCEA to learn how to make this possible! Session #150197 Mark your calendars and follow me @dbidulescuto learn more exciting news!

Bring your best dreams and your most ardent desires, and let's build your flipping plan!