Charger Tech Bits and Bytes

December, 2014

Tech Newsletter

Charger Tech Bits and Bytes has information, helpful tips and ideas to inspire and motivate you to try something new or different.

Best Practices for Flipping your Classroom

Flipping the classroom has been described as a practice in which the transfer of knowledge has been moved online. The practice that had been traditionally assigned as homework is now the classwork. Students have the assistance of the teacher available and they may also take advantage of a network of peers in the classroom.

Before starting the flipped lesson, open a discussion about the topic to be introduced. Access learners' prior knowledge; have them make predictions and ask questions. One way to do this while integrating technology is to have them contribute to a Padlet wall.

For homework, assign the "flip" that will transfer the new information/content to them. This does not have to be a video of you talking. Consider using various media: a documentary, demonstration, infographic, or simulation. Most importantly, have something that accompanies the media to engage students and hold them accountable. One idea is to have them contribute to a discussion board about the topic.

When learners return to class, the best follow-up activities are student-centered. has some awesome web tools with which students may apply their knowledge in creative and engaging ways.

Did you know?

  • On your cell phone, if you end a sentence by tapping the space bar twice, it will automatically add a period and capitalize the next letter. This works in text messages, Facebook status updates, notes, etc.
  • You may recover the last-closed tab in Chrome and Firefox by tapping ctrl+shift+t
  • When completing forms online, rather than pulling up a long list in a drop-down menu (e.g. a list of state abbreviations, or country names), type the first letter repeatedly until your choice displays. For example, you would type the letter t twice in order to get to Texas.