Sunday, March 27, 2016

Reflections on Recent Readings (weekly)

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Friday, March 18, 2016

CUE#16 Notes - Friday- Tools You Can Use Tomorrow (Leslie Fisher)

I'm only writing about tools that have new notes or things to think through.  See entire presentation here.


  • Kahoot... really?!?!?! (sorry, not a fan anymore)
    • try Quizizz or Quizalize for a game-based, competitive assessment tool that actually gives better real-time, authentic data that can affect your instruction
    • At least she says "don't use it to grade your kids" 
    • Good ideas
      • "Selfie Kahoot" - make a Kahoot about yourself to introduce your students.  Then have the students each make a question about themselves and add it to a class Kahoot. 
      • "Blind Kahoot" - use it at the beginning of class to see what they know with an emphasis on honest answers so teacher knows where they are at (don't mark any right answers then???)
        • use Ghost mode again at the end of class and students compete against themselves to see how they have improved
        • It looks like you have access to all of your Kahoots so you don't have to remember to download that data right after you finish the quiz.  That's an update!  This is where you launch ghost mode and have them join in the same session
          • Need to check? -  if a student logs off how do they get connected to their same account??
  • Quizizz
    • "homework mode"
    • self-paced
    • much better for data and assessing
    • I already use this
  • EdPuzzle (or Zaption / Educanon since our district has filters with EdPuzzle)
    • Can add audio notes
    • Need to do a sample one and see how it works with our filter and see what limits there are to uploading own videos

Classroom Communication (nothing new)

Content Creation

  • Look at SeeSaw

Photo and Video (nothing new)

Teacher Productivity (didn't get to)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

CUE#16 Notes - Thursday - Opening Keynote

Opening Keynote: Brad Montague - Founder of Kid President

Choices you can make...

  1. Choose Awesome
    1. Choose to hug the haters - they are just people who "forgot to be nice" 
      1. "Haters gonna hate, but huggers gonna hug"
    2. Treat everybody like it's their birthday - like they are somebody worth celebrating
    3. Treat your craft / your work like it matters - it's not just something you are doing. It's an act of love.
  2. Choose People
    1.  You can choose people or you can choose stuff... choose PEOPLE!
    2. Invite everybody to the party
    3. It's not about the video they watch (on Kid President's channel), it's about what they do with it afterwards.  They aren't views, they are heartbeats. 
    4. It doesn't matter who gets the credit... it just matters that it happened
    5. Choose to take a chance with what you have - you don't have to have a lot of stuff!
  3. Choose Joy
    1. Be a "joy rebel"

Saturday, March 12, 2016

THE BOOK IS HERE! Flipping with Kirch: The Ups and Downs from Inside my Flipped Classroom

I'm excited to announce the release of my book - Flipping with Kirch: The Ups and Downs from Inside my Flipped Classroom.  

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As a pioneer of flipped learning, Crystal Kirch opened her classroom experiences to the entire world of education. Through her blog at, Crystal shared what she and her students did every step of the way. Most activities worked exactly as planned, and sometimes Crystal learned right along with her students how to make flipped learning better. Wild successes and challenging setbacks…Crystal shared them all.
While she shared, Crystal inspired a generation of flipclass teachers to give flipping a try, keep at it, or continue on to their next iteration of their flipping journey.
Now Crystal Kirch shares all her experiences again in one extensive book. With new ideas, updated information, and precise connections to the best pedagogical practices, she shares her practical strategies to transform teaching and learning.
Look inside the classroom of an accomplished flipped learning practitioner. See what can work and understand what to avoid as you enhance your flipping journey by Flipping with Kirch.
With a Foreword by Flipped Learning Pioneer Jon Bergmann

Featuring vignettes from #flipclass teachers Lindsay ColeLindsay StephensonAudrey McLaren, and Tara Maynard.

6″X9″. 218 pages. 

Published by the Bretzmann Group

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Reflections on Recent Readings (weekly)

A little behind so not all of these are from the last week... or month... but they are still really good!
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
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