Alternative Use of Video in The Classroom – It’s Not Just for Homework Anymore

Guest post by FLN executive director, Kari Arfstrom. Recently, you may have heard about flipped learning. If you read any professional journals or education publications over the summer break, most of them have written at least one story on this new ideology. Every education blogger seems to have an opinion on the topic as well. National news organizations like CNN and NPR have covered it, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, which has done multiple stories. Your local newspaper Continue reading

ScreenChomp for Language Learning

Melvina Kurashige Follow @mkurashige // teaches Japanese language to 6th and 8th graders at Mid-Pacific Institute Middle School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her students use TechSmith's recordable whiteboard app ScreenChomp on iPad to improve their skills at speaking and writing Japanese. Students make two types of videos. In the first, two students draw a picture that evokes a real-life situation—such as sharing an umbrella on a rainy day—and then converse about it. Their drawing and speaking Continue reading

Khan and Beyond: The Many Faces of the Flipped Classroom

Can't see the video? Click here As soon as Sal Khan mentioned "teachers flipping the classroom" in his 2011 TED Talk "Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education," a new educational buzzword was born. Even though the concept existed long before Khan moved it into the classroom conversation, the increased publicity has many teachers interested in figuring out how/if this can work in their classrooms. Recently, some insightful and reflective blog posts by "Coach Brown" and "21st Century Continue reading