Date Archives September 2012

“Flipped” Learning – Trend or True?

It seems as if the beginning of each school year ushers in new education trends. This year the “flipped” classroom seems to be the buzzword. However, is this a trend, or will this initiative truly stand the test of time?

What is flipped learning? The interpretation of many educators is that this is an extension of the age-old practice of homework, with the added benefit of new technological advancements. Traditionally, teachers have always given homework to reinforce the skills learned in classroom lessons. We can now take this further by creating or linking video lessons and posting them where students can view and learn concepts online. The expectation is that students will come to the classroom ready to start their project, assignment or experiment.

By using a flipped learning method, there is more time in the classroom for hands-on practice, teachers as facilitators, and an inquiry-based approach. Students are able to view the material at their own pace, or as frequently as necessary to master each concept.

I must add a few caveats, which include the realities of our students’ environment. Even in the year 2012, not all children have computer access. Motivation can also be a factor. Who will motivate students to access the required viewing? For their lack of preparation, students will always offer up a multitude of excuses such as, “My dog ate my computer.”

That being said, I do believe we have an opportunity to overcome such obstacles, which will always stand in the way of learning. The Flipped Learning Network (FLN) has gathered significant findings on the success of this methodology and is continuing research with specific examples of increased learning gains and teacher satisfaction.

What is needed in order to “flip” your classroom? Your computer, a way to capture lessons via video (or link to video lessons, such as with SAFARI Montage), administrator and parent support, and a restructured lesson plan format. To manage this change in instruction, start with just one unit, theme, or standard until you reach a comfort level.

Have you tried a flipped instruction approach? What are your thoughts? Post your comments about your successes and challenges!

Update — Register for Sept. 27 Webinar on Advances in Healthcare Displays

[Editor’s Note: The date of this webinar has changed since this post was first published. It now reflects the correct date.]

Join us Thursday, September 27 at 1 p.m. EST as AVI-SPL hosts “Advancements in Display Technologies in Healthcare Settings,” presented by NEC Display’s Benjamin Hardy and Art Marshall. They will discuss opportunities for medical display technology, including monitoring and management solutions to ensure consistent imaging in healthcare, and best practices when dealing with large-screen displays. NEC manufactures innovative medical displays that are designed to communicate visual information clearly, with the detail that healthcare providers require.

On the Agenda

  • Opportunities for display technology in healthcare
  • Desktop monitor technologies for healthcare
  • Key display features for the healthcare environmentArt Marshall and Benjamin Hardy of NEC Display

About the Presenters

Benjamin Hardy, Sr. Product Specialist for NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., focuses on the technologies and design of NEC’s large-screen products. He is responsible for product launches with specification details, technical documents and competitive matrices to support the sales department.

Art Marshall, Product Manager for professional and medical displays at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is responsible for the planning and marketing of the MultiSync PA Series, MultiSync P Series and MultiSync 90 Series professional displays as well as the MultiSync MD Series medical-grade displays.

Sign Up for SMART Technology Training in Detroit

Teachers in K-12 and higher education — this is your opportunity to learn how to create engaging lessons for your students and make it easier to guide instruction in the classroom. Register for full-day or half-day professional development sessions on using SMART education technology. Topics include SMART Notebook collaborative learning software and SMART Response, an interactive system that gets students involved in lessons. AVI-SPL, a trusted integrator of classroom education solutions, presents this Tech Education Fall Series so that teachers can make the most of their technology.

Learning opportunities are available on a weekly basis throughout October and early in November. Courses are led by a SMART Certified Trainer and accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced users of the technology.

Get the details on the training sessions and register at AVI-SPL’s Tech Education — Fall Series event page.

Attend the AVI-SPL Collaboration Expo 2012 in New York City

You’re just two weeks away from AVI-SPL’s Collaboration Expo 2012 in New York City. On September 25, manufacturers like Cisco, AMX, Polycom, and many more will be on hand showcasing the latest systems and solutions that help organizations save money and streamline functions through video conferencing, unified communications and digital media systems.

This full-day conference is your opportunity to learn about the latest collaboration technologies, helping you make informed decisions on investments that increase efficiency and increase worker mobility. Select manufacturers will also deliver educational seminars on topics like the future of conferencing and managing the video enterprise.

Andrew W. Davis, cofounder of Wainhouse Research, will deliver the Expo’s keynote speech, “Beyond ROI: Find Real Value in Collaboration.” Davis will discuss how today’s work environment is changing rapidly with the evolution and adoption of telepresence, unified communications, mobility, videoconferencing, and life in the cloud. He’ll share his insight on how IT professionals, line managers, and senior executives can find an effective return on their investments.

This FREE event includes entry, lunch and a chance to win an iPad2. Be sure to like us on Facebook and RSVP to this event to be entered to win an AVI-SPL prize pack.

Register Today.

Register for the Sept. 25 Collaboration Expo event in New York City, see the full list of exhibitors and find out more about the educational seminars.

After New York City, this FREE series of events will stop in two more U.S. cities:

If you have any questions about any of our upcoming events, visit the AVI-SPL Collaboration Expo 2012 FAQ page, email events@avispl.com or call 877-440-6205.

Discover the Tools that Improve Business at the Collaboration Expo 2012, New York City

Mark your calendars: We’re just three weeks away from AVI-SPL’s Collaboration Expo 2012 in New York City, where you can see the systems that are improving communications for professionals. The conference will feature over 25 manufacturers showcasing the latest business solutions that help organizations reduce costs and speed up time to market through video conferencing, unified communications and digital media systems.

This full-day conference is your opportunity to learn about the latest collaboration technologies, helping you make informed decisions on investments that increase efficiency and increase worker mobility. Select manufacturers will also deliver educational seminars on topics like the future of conferencing and managing the video enterprise.

In addition to these sessions, Andrew W. Davis, cofounder of Wainhouse Research, will deliver the Expo’s keynote speech, “Beyond ROI: Find Real Value in Collaboration.” Davis will discuss how today’s work environment is changing rapidly with the evolution and adoption of telepresence, unified communications, mobility, videoconferencing, and life in the cloud. He’ll share his insight on how IT professionals, line managers, and senior executives can find an effective return on their investments.

This FREE event includes entry, lunch and a chance to win an iPad2! Be sure to like us on Facebook and RSVP to this event to be entered to win an AVI-SPL prize pack!

Register Today!

Register for the Sept. 25 Collaboration Expo event in New York City, see the full list of exhibitors and find out more about the educational seminars.

After New York City, this FREE series of events will stop in two more U.S. cities:

If you have any questions about any of our upcoming events, visit our Collaboration Expo 2012 FAQ page, email events@avispl.com or call 877-440-6205.