It was fun!
We're very casual about the way we pick each week's theme. It usually happens while we debrief after a hangout. Anne Torige suggested the flipped classroom, for instance, because she was interested in learning more about it.
This HOA was our fourth, and also a first for our little group: we had a special guest.
I had invited Mitch Krulewich, a new teacher at our school, to talk about how he flips his math classroom.
Mitch follows the flipped learning model closely and he's very happy with the results. What a robust discussion we had!
I especially enjoyed hearing about Mitch's philosophy about sharing his Vimeo tutorials (generous) and his take on the value of tutorials created by the teacher (his students report: more beneficial) [starting at 14:48].
The only glitch was that Mitch could not get his video to work. Luckily, his audio was podcast clear.
We also did our customary "Show and Tell" round of sharing on the theme.
- Chad Nacapuy introduced us to Educreations and Explain Everything [17:29]
- I shared Jon Bergmann's article "10 Questions to Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom" and Teachers.net's Flipped Classroom resources. [21:51]
- Michael Fricano II spoke about Flipping Your Faculty Meetings, Camtasia by TechSmith, and TodaysMeet. [36:27]
- Anne Torige and Jody Brown, both Hawaii school librarians, asked questions and provided wonderful support.
Here's the embedded Google+ post (another first since Google just added this neat feature) of the Hangout on Air.
Our HOAs occur when most U.S. residents are sleeping!
... which brings me to the great story behind this Flipped Classroom HOA.
This tweet yesterday morning caught the attention of Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers of flipped learning:
We'll be discussing #flipclass tonight: «10 Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom | @JonBergmann» http://t.co/AVEdbRySppHis reply?
— Linda Lindsay (@mauilibrarian2) September 10, 2013
@mauilibrarian2 what time?Long story short [20:34], ALAS, it would be too late for Jon on the East Coast, of course. 1:00 a.m., to be exact.
— Jon Bergmann (@jonbergmann) September 10, 2013
I'm astonished that Jon would even consider joining our little HOA. What a hangout that would have been!
We are seriously thinking of holding our HOAs earlier in the day or on the weekend to accommodate special guests in different time zone! And how about hanging out outside, with a little Hawaiian-style background? Now there's an idea... :)
We are definitely Hawaii casual in our hangout approach. We have no glitzy intro for instance, we can improve the quality of our video, and we're learning as we go along. But we're professional and serious about sharing what we learn with other educators.
And best of all, we're having fun with it!
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Next week, we'll be sharing our anticipatory impressions of the upcoming Global STEMx Education Conference. Thanks for the suggestion, Mike!
Conference co-chairs are Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon, and Jim Vanides, so the conference is sure to be a winner. The event will be totally online, round-the-clock, September 19-21, 2013.
Since the name of our HOA is Google Rocks! and I want to keep that title, I'll be looking for Google connections throughout the conference.
If you're interested in watching us live, check out Live Hangouts on Air on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at around 7:00 pm HST.
Or if you'd like to view later, you can look for the uploaded YouTube video shortly after, assuming the recording goes well, here.
Have fun with it!