Have you heard of Flipping the classroom? It is a concept that has been talked about and being put into practice by some educators. The idea is that by using blended learning technologies (YouTube,Blackboard, Vimeo, Edmodo, etc) course content can be viewed and studied out side of class thus freeing up time in class for more collaboration, project based, and problem based learning. Recently, I’ve been joining discussions about using the same technologies to flip professional development (PD) to allow for face-to-face time to be freed up for collaboration, group study, and even personalization of professional development practices.
Thus my journey begins. I have chosen to start with a basic webinar. Why try flipping professional development? Here are my goals:
- Provide opportunities that keep educators involved in instructional technology practices and new technologies for the purpose of achieving sustained integration of technology in teaching and learning activities.
- Provide opportunities to learn new technologies in a flexible way that does not demand leaving the classroom thus reaching a wider audience to promote technology integration into teaching and learning.
The webinar is simple. I have designed a webinar on how to use Google Spreadsheet for collaborative data collection. It will go no longer than an 1.5 hrs. It is interactive and is meant to model the use of this application and show how to set up the basics. I have one participant signed up and I am THRILLED!. I know it will be a slow start but I hope to eventually move to full flipping opportunities. You have to start somewhere. Fingers crossed!