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A Look at Flipped Classrooms ... Siemens STEM Institute Week


This is the 2012 Summer Siemens STEM Institute Week at Discovery Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.  The Institute is the gathering of fifty amazing STEM educators across the United States.  You can read all about the happenings and learn how you can be a part of it next year in this link.  Most of all we want to share our week with you so you can learn about the awesome resources we are being introduced to here at Discovery One. Watch for posts all week that will let you be a part and learn from this amazing gathering! Before reading, be sure to sign up for  upcoming  Siemens STEM Academy blog posts in order to discover other great STEM treasures and ideas.  Don't miss out... make sure you give us a  follow on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad and share with others! As always, thanks for joining us at the Siemens STEM Academy! – Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech) 

After a introduction of an amazing group of 2012 Siemens STEM Fellows and week long facilitators the Institute settled into an engaging talk on Flipped Classrooms, Music, and STEM with Dr. Lodge McCammon from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. Lodge discussed practical strategies that can be implemented to increase valuable classroom time while meeting the needs of diverse learners. He also suggested that possibly to might learn information from their own teacher's videos rather then ones that are found on the internet.  Want to learn more about the Friday Institute and its amazing resources? Take a look at some of these valuable assets that Lodge shared.

1. First visit this Friday Institute page and watch the first two videos. They are short but will get you ready to learn more about doing a flip. The first; "No Lecture In The Classroom" is an awesome explanation on flipping. The second gives an explanation on "Why I Flipped My Classroom" from a teacher in the field.

2. Next, take a journey to Katie Gimbar's YouTube Playlist. Here you can take a look at a series of frequently asked questions answered by a teacher who is currently flipping her classroom. You will enjoy the nine short and informative videos answering questions teachers have in regards to the flipped classroom. Discover what to do if  kids are not watching the videos, or solve the problem of no home connection. It really will be time well spent.

3. Last, take a moment to meet  teachers that are flipping their classroom and learn from their examples. You will find a wide range of areas including STEM and even areas outside of the STEM subjects.

4. Visit Lodge's page on music, lyrics,  and kinesthetic lectures. You will learn more about a unique project entitled FIZZ. You will learn how to combines, music, movement, and STEM. Check out some of Lodge's amazing STEM songs in his awesome music collection crafted to promote learning and creativity.

5. Learn more about Flipping and Fizz in this archived Siemens STEM Academy Webinar from Lodge and be sure to explore accompanying resource material.

Thanks for joining us in this first post from Discovery Headquarters  highlighting this amazing week at the Siemens STEM Institute. Don't miss out, perhaps now is a great time to sign up for an RSS feed and also follow us on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad. You may even wish to share this post webinar with others via a quick email or even a tweet!  Try a little FIZZ and see you on the flip side! - Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech)     

Posted on July 29, 2012 by Michael Gorman

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