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Flip, Blend, Connect: Examining Our Practices

Social technologies, multimedia, & mobile devices such as iPads have enabled educators and learners to become more connected and to engage in learning anytime, anywhere, 24/7/365. Blended learning, flipped classrooms, & connected learning are some of the latest buzzwords used to describe the emerging practices being rapidly adopted as devices become more ubiquitous for students. While many educators are embracing these methods, others find the terms confusing or vague and some debate whether the new methods and tools are effective or even very innovative. So what does all of this mean? How do we make these methods more meaningful and transformative methods of instruction? Let’s engage in a lively and constructive dialogue around these terms, the methods they describe, the how, why, why not, and what it means for our work as educators, learners, edupreneurs, and education innovators.

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Learning Objectives

  1. What do we mean by flipped, blended, and connected learning? What makes a technology-based teaching and learning practice innovative or transformative?
  2. Of these emerging practices, which, if any, do we consider more revolutionary and which seem to be merely a replication of the traditional methods/models/systems in digital form? Is it better to be truly revolutionary and transformative, or is replication acceptable if it improves learning outcomes?
  3. What are the implications of this for each of us individually in our own work? How does this inform our practice or challenge how we approach the use of technology in teaching and learning?



Stephanie Sandifer, Technology Coach, Houston A+ Challenge

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