The English department bought a bunch of iPads. They’re having students read public domain books. They’re having students publish .epub projects (write your own epic). Cool stuff.
Even though the school’s Wifi network was upgraded last summer, service is still inconsistent. The band-aid fix has been to use the school’s wired network.
Only problem is the school’s wall outlets were only wired so that the left jack works. The right side does nothing. I found that out the hard (and annoying) way.
I’ve been more intentional about students’ note-taking than I have been in the past. Working with mostly high school freshmen, it behoves me to teach some organizational skills.
I think there might be pedagogical/mathematical reasons to encourage organized notes. Euclid put propositions in order. I don’t deign to be Euclid, but as a teacher of mathematics (Geometry in particular), I want my students to experience the myriad connections among concepts within the course.
So, I’ve been trying out this “flipped classroom” thing (fad? trend?). In a “flipped classroom,” students will watch videos of lectures at home (while taking notes, of course!) and answer a few review questions on our Moodle site. Most of the videos were created by EPHS teachers and some are from various online sources. When students come to class the next day, I’ve read over their replies to the Moodle questions and tailor the day’s lesson to the individual students’ needs. We then complete a short quiz on the previous day’s lesson. The rest of the class time is reserved for students to work collaboratively on an assignment from their textbook. During this time, I’m circulating around the room answering questions and helping out. More about the Flipped Classroom here. I plan to blog about flipping more soon on my main blog.