In a rapidly changing society we can choose to be active or passive learners. I choose to embrace the shifts around me because when I am in control of my learning, and not just responding to the effects of change, I am at the forefront of innovation. Public schools in the 21st century are not a direct reflection of our changing society. Students are not making connections between the content taught inside their classrooms to their everyday lives. How can we, as educators, continue to reach students if learning seems so disconnected?
I am on a mission to help fill this gap between our public school system and the current world we live in. There is no longer the question of whether integrating technology in the classroom will have a positive impact. Technology is here, technology is current. It is time for an investment not in just the tools, but for a purpose. I must stress that tools are not what creates innovated learning, it’s the plan for using these tools.
Change is a process and to become of agent of change, we must find others who are willing to help pave the way. Consistency and communication will play a role in how others learn about digital learning. Sharing these plans with as many people that are willing to add digital learning and leading to their classroom is my strategy.
My innovation plan discusses my goals on a broader level. This plan also gives a brief description about how I will approach a flipped classroom this school year.
My implementation outline describes in detail, how I will introduce my students to a flipped classroom and successfully maintain this style of blended learning. This template also includes the steps I must follow before I can introduce flipped learning.
My literature review is an elaborate list of research to support my argument about the significant benefits of blended learning.
My innovative video:
Integrating technology is more than just substitution. Giving students a voice, increasing collaboration, and allowing more time for guided application are pretty significant benefits.
A list of resources to share with my colleagues to better understand disruptive innovation:
The Differentiated Flipped Classroom: A Practical Guide to Digital Learning by Eric M. (Mason) Carbaugh, Kristina J. Doubet
This book serves as a guide to identify the needs of students in a flipped classroom.
Google Apps Meets Common Core by Michael J. Graham
I want to read this book because it will help me meet and exceed common core expectations while using the latest Google apps. Google has several easy to use tutorials that will be shared with my colleagues.
The Highly Engaged Classroom by Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering
This book is equally important because I want to be sure to always provide an engaging environment for my students.