Below is a video that a colleague of mine, Deb Wycoff, produced as part of her action research study on Flip Teaching. During the course of our interviews I answered various questions, but more importantly, tried to clearly outline how video instruction can be one small part of a larger “Explore-Explain-Apply/Explore-Flip-Apply” learning cycle.
Instead of driving to STEM camp this morning, I decided to walk, and use the Display Recorder app to screencast the little ball on the map directions. I uploaded the video to YouTube, and when I got to camp, asked the campers one question: How fast was I walking in mph?Watching them pull up maps of San Francisco, timing my walk, covering feet to miles and seconds to minutes was so rewarding. Check out the video below, made and uploaded on my phone, while walking down Valencia in less than 3 minutes. I’m loving Display Recorder thus far:
There is no pedagogy, technology or technique that is a silver bullet or the independent variable for good teaching. Good teaching can only happen, in my opinion, when the teacher accepts that he or she must work harder than they have ever worked before, be willing to not reach all students in search of ways to empower all students. I hope one day, even if it is the last day before I retire, I can look myself in the mirror and say that I have tried to do this. No technology can make the honor of being a teacher an easier thing. Techniques, pedagogies, etc., can make what we do more efficient, but only if we first, through hours and hours of sweat, empathy and failure, work towards a system thattranscends technology. This might make no sense, but I had to write it down. Ok, back to nerdy technology posts :).
Although I am truly bummed that I am missing an opportunity to collaborate with so many great educators at this year’s FlipCon 2012 in Chicago this week, I am having an AMAZING time hosting the first annual STEM camp at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (SHCP), the high school where I teach Chemistry. While the focus of the week will be learning to use and design activities for, Lego Mindstorm NXT robots, we spent today working through the process of inquiry, and chronicling that process via group blogs. Click here to follow each group’s blog as they process through the week.
Check out an awesome roller coaster one group made out of pipe insulator, masking tape, and a marble: