Guest Post: Flipping the Classroom for a New Approach to Learning

This is a guest post by Amy Hunt, site administrator and assistant principal of California Connections Academy @ Ripon..

 

The idea of a flipped classroom, while a foreign concept to some, is gaining traction in education with its implications to improve learning outcomes.

 

Photo Credit: California Connections Academy @ Ripon

Photo Credit: California Connections Academy @ Ripon

Teachers and students throughout America are trying out this model in a range of settings – from brick and mortar classrooms, to homeschooling, and online school. Even families with children who are not currently learning in this way can find ways to incorporate this unique learning method in their own education. At California Connections Academy @ Ripon, we have implemented this technique into our mathematics coursework and teachers are finding the approach supports student learning, and improves students’ retention of concepts.

 

With the flipped classroom teaching model, students are presented lesson content prior to attending the class where that content will be discussed in greater depth. This gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with key concepts and content and have questions prepared for when they meet with their teacher and classmates. Class time shifts from teacher lecture (since concepts have already been introduced) to opportunities for more in-depth discussion and collaboration about the topic. According to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the benefits of a flipped classroom include improved test scores and student attitudes, which are a few of the reasons we’ve been exploring flipped classrooms to determine what works best for our students. A flipped classroom is also similar, and can further prepare students for the way curriculum is commonly delivered in colleges and universities, and allows students to use classroom and teacher time more efficiently.

 

Teachers in traditional school settings, along with homeschool instructors, can also use this model to enhance engagement with their lessons. Though not every subject works well flipped, we’ve found that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts lend themselves particularly well to the flipped classroom. Teachers of STEM classes also benefit from this model because they have more freedom to tailor the pace and focus of class time, based on feedback from students, following the pre-class assignment.

 

In our math classes using flipped learning, teachers typically record and send students a 10-20 minute video lesson that students are asked to view prior to attending a meeting with their class online. After reviewing this video lesson and completing any assigned pre-class work, students come to their online classroom session ready to discuss, and get any needed clarification on, the lesson content. Class time shifts from being teacher-centered to be student-centered.

 

For parents with children not currently in a classroom using the flipped classroom model, you can still incorporate this concept into your student’s learning. We encourage families to take a look at upcoming chapters and lessons, to acquaint themselves, and even create supplemental learning activities, as appropriate. Whether supporting a flipped learning plan delivered by their school, or integrating it into the home, here are some tips for parents to set students up for success:

 

  1. Get Connected: Exploring online resources dedicated to flipped learning can help families find strategies that work for their child’s learning style and skillset. The Flipped Learning Network is a good starting point for families looking for examples, books, webinars, events and more on flipped learning. If you’re an active Twitter user, consider joining the weekly #Flipclass chat on Twitter on Mondays at 5 p.m. PDT, to connect with others interested in the flipped learning model.
  2. Team Up with Teachers: Even if your child’s teachers are not working under the flipped classroom model, they are a great resource for insights on lesson plans and recommended activities to augment learning.
  3. Offer Hands-On Support: While many students may prefer parents step back, offer to assist. This encouragement will make them feel supported, and is a good way to see if another flipped learning method could work better for a particular subject or lesson.
  4. Keep Communication Open: In any new learning method, it’s always best to communicate with your child about what is working well and what could be improved. Flipped learning and any supplemental activities should feel helpful and worthwhile to your student, so it’s crucial to stay in tune with their thoughts and needs.

 

Just taking a few minutes out of each day to preview upcoming concepts and review those already learned can make a difference in rounding out understanding and committing concepts to memory. Besides the additional practice that flipped learning provides, this model cultivates a sense of problem-solving and ownership of their education for students – which is an important quality in both education and life.

 

 

Amy HuntAmy Hunt is the site administrator and assistant principal of California Connections Academy @ Ripona tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K–12 in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. The school provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. California Connections Academy opened in 2012 and is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District and fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). At California Connections Academy, Hunt enjoys working with a dedicated team of teachers and administrators to create a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education.

 

 

 

 

 

Tune in: @Curious Conversation on How to Raise an Adult #Parenting

Curious Conversation on How to Raise an Adult,

 

Now that my boys are teens, I realize one of the biggest challenges of parenting is not raising an child, instead it is raising an adult. Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, has a common sense approach to this challenge. This Thursday,July 23 at 6:30 PM PT Julie will share insights about how to prepare kids to be their best selves and raise them to be happy, healthy and successful adults. Best yet, anyone can tune in for free at Curious.com, RSVP to the VIRTUAL CONVERSATION. HERE :“Curious Conversation” with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, taking place this Thursday, July 23 at 6:30 PM PT

 

Julie Lythcott-Haims has a relevant background to speak in this area:

  • Mother of two children
  • Worked as a lawyer for 4 years prior to becoming dean
  • 14 years total working as administrator at Stanford (Dean at Stanford Law School, Assist. to the President, Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising)

 

Here is the publisher summary of her book,”How To Raise An Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success”: In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success. Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings-and of special value to parents of teens-this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence. Book published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC. Copyright © 2015.
 

Being a parent in Silicon Valley, it’s especially difficult to not fall into the helicopter parenting trap. There is so much pressure on kids to reach unattainable goals in school academics and after-school sports. Some kids even kick-off their own tech start-up while still in high school (seriously!). Unfortunately, this leads to kids being over-scheduled and over-stressed, bringing tension to the whole family limiting the free time needed for them to develop  strong resilience and independence prior to leaving for college. When I read perspectives by Julie Lythcott-Haims on these challenges it is like a breath of fresh air, helping parents focus on what is really important. I look forward to tuning in for the Curious Conversation this Thursday July 23!

 

What are your biggest parenting challenges when it comes to raising your “adult”?

 

 

 

TechMamas Startup Preview: Enjoy Personal Commerce Platform

Disclosure: This is a press post. Check bottom of the post for Giveaway.

 

Many industries have recently been disrupted with new technology and products including transportation, food delivery,  beauty services and manufacturing. One area that is ripe for disruption is assistance with purchasing and installing technology. Consumers have a wide selection of sophisticated technology available to them complemented by extensive product documentation and videos. While 90% of consumers start and finish purchases online, many customer returns consist of products that have never been used. That confirms just how challenging it can be for the customer to learn about product  features and comprehend how to use products to their fullest.  When I received a press release and invitation to meet with a new startup named ENJOY, a Personal Commerce platform bringing a human touch to technology by pairing expert help with new technology customers, I was intrigued to learn more.

 

ENJOY, a Personal Commerce platform

Photo Credit: Enjoy

 

Here are more details from the press release about GoEnjoy.com : “In personal, tailored sessions lasting up to one hour (‘Visit’), trained ENJOY Experts help each customer get the most out of their new products purchased at GoEnjoy.com right from the start – all for free. (For help with technology products they already own, customers can schedule a customizable, paid ENJOY Visit for $99). Visits can be scheduled at a location of customer’s choosing: home, work or even the local coffee shop. ENJOY is available beginning today in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City* (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island City and Astori). ENJOY has partnered with the world’s best technology brands, including AT&T, Sonos, GoPro, Boosted, DJI, HP, Lenovo, and Specialized Bicycle. Select partner products will all be available on GoEnjoy.com; AT&T will be ENJOY’s first integrated partner, offering smartphones paired with a free ENJOY visit through their own site at AT&T.com.

 

How ENJOY Works:

 

What is an ENJOY Visit?:

 

 

This is even more relevant for me because I just bought a new phone and spent 2 hours purchasing and setting it up. AT&T is one of Enjoy’s partners so when you buy a phone from AT&T and live in the areas covered, you have the option to have your phone hand delivered (and get this..) set up for NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE! In some areas, the timing could be as soon as 4 hours from purchase to installation. Enjoy provides this service to their partners and the partners cover that cost.

 

ENJOY, a Personal Commerce platform

Photo Credit: Enjoy

 

The partners also provide training to Enjoy Experts so consumers get the value of having a knowledgeable resource. Partners are the first channel while next channel is the purchase of premium products (like Sonos, GoPro, Microsoft, Lenovo, Bang & Olufsen) directly from the customer website and delivered to the location of your choice for set up. The Enjoy experts are also employees trained by the manufacturers of the products. With 10-12% of capacity used for many products, having an Enjoy expert help will increase the ability for consumers to fully utilize the products at the convenience of the location of their choice. For parents that means assistance for things such as establishing parental controls and training the family on using the products (without arguments from trying to read user manuals!).

 

I had the opportunity to visit the Enjoy office in Menlo Park with my teen son to learn about their new service. We were thrilled to have a session with an Enjoy expert named Daniel (see picture above) who helped my son learn all about flying a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Drone.  Here is a video with more information about Daniel:
 

 

Watching my son learn about features in such an in depth way – in only 15 minutes and then watching him fly the drone effortlessly – showed me the great value the Enjoy Expert concept. My teen is my video editor and prides himself on learning how to use any technology quickly and (like his mother) without the need to read the user manuals. While we have been able to quickly ramp up on using any technology product, not being trained by the manufacturer and not reading the user manual does leave us at an disadvantage in understanding all the features. So there is great value to everyone, from novice to advanced technology enthusiasts,  to work with a product expert  I look forward to watch as Enjoy grows to different markets.

 

ENJOY, a Personal Commerce platform

 

 

 

Disclosure: This is a press post.

 

 

Using TomTom GO GPS to #GetHomeFaster

Disclosure: Sponsored post

 

The combination of being a busy mom driving my kids around with visiting clients and going to press events in San Francisco mean that I spend lots of time driving in my car.  When I drive across town with all of the traffic in Silicon Valley it can sometimes take as long as it does to drive to San Francisco (one hour)! With traffic it can be even a much longer commute (2 hours or more). Additional traffic challenges can happen due to holiday traffic, like the rush to head to the beach, parks or vacation areas this weekend for July 4th. The map apps on my phone don’t always work and at times have caused me major traffic issues. When TomTom (innovators in navigation technology) contacted me to about the new TomTom GO 500 Portable Vehicle GPS, I was excited to not only give it a try but also learn more from their press information.

 

TomTom GO Portable GPS #GetHomeFaster

 

First I set out to learn more about the TomTom GO Portable GPS Device from the press documentation:

 

TomTom GO Portable Vehicle GPS has been redesigned with real time TomTom Traffic, alternate routes pinpoint exactly where delays start and end so you know fastest route, 3D Maps that show building, Speak & Go to control device with your voice, and landmarks and interactive maps that allow you to zoom in and out to explore the map with your fingertips. TomTom has one of the world’s largest databases, covering 99.9% of the roads, with real-time traffic intelligence with the most up-to-date, accurate information on traffic anytime, anywhere so you can truly get to your destination faster. Routes can be planned ahead with the new MyDrive technology to be ready to hit the road as soon as she gets in the car. The TomTom Go is the only navigation device which allows you to start navigating in two taps and has “Jam Ahead” warning for traffic incidents”.

 

 

TomTom GO 500 Portable Vehicle GPS

Photo Credit: TomTom

 

 

Then I wanted to learn how it works:

 

“TomTom Traffic crowd-sources real time data from over 150 million vehicles and devices in the US. Their process combines community probe data with many other trusted sources to create accurate traffic data.  This data can pinpoint where delays start and end, how long delays will last and how fast traffic is moving.  TomTom chooses the fastest route through traffic because it knows the traffic conditions on all roads. Every pixel of the screen is utilized to provide rich map that distinguishes between primary, secondary and tertiary roads.  Every icon on the map is interactive

 

The TomTom GO 500 has GPS receiver chips that looks for satellites in the air. Once it finds 4 satellites it triangulates the location. The TomTom comes with preloaded maps that has details such as speed limits etc and Route IQ that incorporates historical data.  If you are driving in an area that does not have cellular service, TomTom can still give you directions because it uses satellite information and the downloaded maps that are updated 4 times a year. All of the GO products include lifetime map updates. The downloaded maps, combined with the real time map updates from the TomTom MyDrive app, provide fully accurate traffic information.  The MyDrive app is available on iOS and Android.

 

The press release also shared what’s new and the features of the TomTom Go 500 (or 600):

 

What’s New:

 

  • Lifetime “real-time” TomTom Traffic (Click here to view TomTom’s live traffic portal)
  • 3D Maps
  • Pinch to Zoom Interactive Map
  • Tap & Go to instantly get a route
  • Quick search to find destinations
  • My Places to see your favorite locations on the map
  • Route Bar for essential traffic and travel information
  • Speak & Go to control device with sound of your voice.

 

 

TomTom GO 500 TomTom GO 500 Portable Vehicle GPS

Photo Credit: TomTom

 

Features:

 

  • 5” (GO 500) or 6” (GO 600) Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Pre-installed with map of US, CAN & MEX
  • Lifetime map updates
  • Free daily map changes from the TomTom map share community
  • Advanced Lane Guidance
  • Spoken Street Names
  • Click & Go Mount
  • IQ Routes
  • Quick GPSfix

 

In the box with either the TomTom GO 500 or 600 is click & go mount, adhesive disk, car charger, USB cable for computer and quick start guide.

 

The screen has a Route Bar on both sides which shows lots of information in one place. The Route Bar shows estimated time of arrival, distance to destination, delay in current route, upcoming speed limits, road work, speed camera alert, traffic on route and speed and distance to next event. The screen also shows parking with “P” icon. When in San Francisco and busy areas, showing parking on the map is essential for finding parking near destinations. There are even notifications about speed limits and when you are going over them.

 

There is a free TomTom GO MyDrive mobile app – connects to smartphone via bluetooth. Note: your smartphone must be compatible, and include a data plan. Extra costs may apply. For more information, visit TomTom.com/Connect.

 

When you first turn on the device it will ask you if you want to set up MyDrive. To do that you plug the TomTom GO it into your computer. MyDrive checks server then downloads maps through Internet to PC and then to device. When you get into your car the first time (before you start driving), just turn on Bluetooth on your smartphone (set to discoverability). Then log into the MyDrive app with the same credentials you use for online.

 

From your computer you can type address on MyDrive and it will send to your device which connects to phone and syncs up to cloud platform. The cloud sync also takes all favorite addresses and backs them up. If you had to reset device you have favorites online.

 

The 500/600 has microphone and voice control (Speak & Go).  You can speak an address (such as “Go Home” and even set your own wakeup word out of the box (Hello Tom Tom, Go home”). Voice commands can also change brightness, settings and wakeup words.

 

The voice prompts provides audio reminders when close to exiting such as “exit in 2 miles, get in right lane”. If you have multiple turns in a row the voice prompt will keep speaking to you “say right” “stay left” – both visually and audio.  Backroads are different – it depends on class on the road.  Another key feature is that you can use your phone and still get voice navigation. If you have a conference call then you won’t need to worry about navigation speaking over the call.

 

TomTom shared information to confirm how much parents drive their kids around: “A 2013 study said that the average mom drives her children around for 1,248 miles per year, or the equivalent of two weeks “.  Saving any time on the road is an important issue!

 

 

***GIVEAWAY****

 

How much time do you spend on the road and what would you do with the time you would have not stuck in traffic? Do you live in the any of the Top Most Congested Areas below? Sadly, I live in the second most congested city area (San Francisco Bay Area)!   Share your thoughts for a chance to win a TomTom GO 500/600. To win, enter below on Rafflecopter. Contest will run from July 1, 3pm PST to July 6, 3pm PST.

*Giveaway is over and winner has been notified.
TOP MOST CONGESTED CITIES

  1. Los Angeles
  2. San Francisco
  3. Honolulu
  4. New York
  5. Seattle
  6. San Jose
  7. Miami
  8. Chicago
  9. Washington, DC
  10. Portland, Washington

Check out TomTom on Facebook and TomTom on Twitter.

 

 

Disclosure: Sponsored post. Products were supplied for review purposes.

 

 

 

Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Lsst Minute Fathers Day Gifts Let’s face it, being a parent leaves little time to think about gifts. Yes, there are some very organized people that plan months in advance to order the perfect Father’s Day gift for their husband/Dad and organize the perfect brunch or dinner.

 

For the rest of us, there are still alternatives that you can DIY, order online or buy quickly to show the Dad in your life all the love he deserves.

 

TAKE A FAMLY PHOTO ON THE FLY: Take a special photo and frame it: There are multiple ways to print photo’s from PCs and mobile phones to home printers. So take out your phone, pocket camera or DSLR and shoot away. Cool Mom Picks posted with some great photo ideas.

 

GO SHOPPING TOGETHER ON FATHER’S DAY!  Most people don’t like to shop at brick & mortar stores, but after brunch or before dinner why not stop by a store to buy that special Dad a Father’s Day gift of his choice.

 

GIVE A COUPON FOR SPECIAL DAD TIME: Give Dad a coupon that says they get to plan a day of doing their favorite things, even if that means playing tennis with the guys..

 

ONLINE GIFT CARDS: There are so many websites that offer e-gift cards, which means a gift is a click away..

 

DONATE IN DAD’S HONOR: My husband has favorite charities so many times we include a donation to his favorite charity on Father’s Day.  Many charities offer ways to donate online – just donate and print the reciept to put in his father’s day card!

 

GET STREAMNG: What Dad does not like to be able to access his content on the go. So gifts such as Netflix if you don’t have it already, Slingbox (TV content on the go) or other streaming services make a great gift! Note: Some Smart TV’s offer Internet access to streaming services while other TV’s need hardware such as Roku, Chromecast or Amazon TV.

 

DIY DADS: A great gift for Dads that love DIY is to have a family trip to the store to pick out the materials for a project on Father’s Day. For example, pick out a few options to build a new wood backyard chair for Dad, print the materials list and put that in the Fathers Day card. My husband loves to visit Home Depot and Lowes, so doing that on Father’s Day to build a project with his family as an activity always makes him happy!

 

GIFT OF NEW TABLET OR E-READER:  Dads on the move also need to consume content so why make them look at their small phone screen all day. Microsoft, Lenovo, Samsung, Apple and other companies make great touchscreen mobile tablets.  To help choose consider their platform of choice. If Dad uses all Apple products, then an iPad may be the best fit. If Dad uses Windows then the Microsoft tablets are a great fit along with the Windows tablets made by PC manufactuers including Lenovo Yoga laptops that convert to tablet form. Android Dads have many tablet options as well including the Samsung tablets.

 

My husband asked for a tablet or E-reader, so I told him that I would research it but he could “pick it out” ON Father’s Day. My husband is looking into Amazon E-readers or tablets because he wants to read outside and also highlight passages while reading.  I told him that he can highlight text using apps or use the funtionality that the tablet offers. iPads for example allow annotations by taping and holding – then select highlight. With the Kindle you select the text and then choose the highlight button.

 

At the same time, I checked my inbox and happen to see a press outreach email summarizing the Amazon E-reader and tablet options which made researching the information much easier! I narrowed it down to the following:

 

— Kindle Voyage $199 with all-new design making it the thinnest device Amazon has ever built. Kindle Voyage uses a brand new Paperwhite display to deliver laser-quality text and images, which even matches the feel of paper, and the new adaptive front light automatically adjusts the brightness of the display based on your environment. ”

 

Kindle ($79)” Smart, light and portable, the all-new Kindle is great for anyone who’s new to e-reading, including a 20% faster processor, twice the storage and a touch interface and weeks of battery life. This Kindle also includes enhanced reading features such as instant dictionary look-up, adjustable font sizes, and X-Ray, which lets readers quickly look up character information and more.”

 

Or he may just want the a tablet, so I will also show him the  Fire HDX 8.9 ($379) “…color accuracy for the most life-like screen images and first tablet with Dolby Atmos, creating a new mobile headphone experience with sound that flows around you. Fire HDX is light with an incredible battery life that lasts up to 12 hours.”  Or the Amazon Fire HD 6” and Amazon Fire HD 7 ($99 and $139) ” Each tablet features a quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, Dolby Digital audio and 1M pixel high-definition display for crisp, vivid viewing.

 

What gifts are you getting the “Dads” in your life tomorrow?