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Flipped Out

So “flipped classrooms” are the latest thing. Well, almost the latest. They’ve been around for a few years now, but they’re starting to pick up steam, so, “the latest” will do for advertising purposes.I’m a bit skeptical of the idea of a flipped classroom. I say this as someone who has created a Facebook page, blog, Twitter account, online Schoology classrooms, and Remind101 account for his classes. I’ve set up accounts with Prezi, Infogram, and Vimeo, and I’ve give myself a long list of...

How to Use Technology in Education

As technology continues to influence our everyday lives, we find that its relevance has actually extended beyond office spaces and science labs. Intentionally or unintentionally we use technology all the time and are totally dependent on it. Almost all our daily life activities are governed by technology. In fact, we rely on it so much now that it has become a habit.And why not? If technology can bring more meaning and value to something then it is always a good idea to try it out. Every...

The Industrial Model

The problem is summarized in this statement;“Education from time has followed the model that treats the learners as objects into which knowledge is put into and not as subjects in the learning process”To give meaning to this statement; it must be understood that education or to EDUCATE has to do with learning, tutoring, mentoring, edifying, extraction, nurturing, to enlighten, educe (educere- to draw out)…“To develop the innate capacities of… To draw out latent potentials… To develop...

Can Online Degree Programs Really Help Kick Start your Career Dreams? An Opinion

 Let me just come right out and say it – I believe online degree programs are a big deal. According to a 2012 survey of online learning, the number of students taking up at least one online course has surpassed 6.7 million, so there are millions of students thinking along the same lines as I am. So what makes online learning such a big deal? Or is it just all hype and no substance, something that can fizzle out soon?I am not sure there is a clear consensus on these questions yet...

Human Resource Model

All of educational reform I have come across has mostly been on advancing the industrial model of education, it rather shouldn’t be. I would compare such effort to how some people go about dieting. They are in it, but it doesn’t produce the result and that is because they are using the wrong mindset and approach.The industrial model treats the learner as a thing, a tool, an object, a robot, and many other words that depicts its insensitivity to the HUMAN. If learners are not ENGAGED in the...

Fall Break + Quiet House = Reflection Time

Fall Break begins in my district tomorrow.  As I rambled blindly through today's lesson on Dmitri Mendeleev and his periodic table, I wondered why on earth I started a new lesson in the middle of the week with 2 days off coming up.  Oh, you know, because I knew the assistant principal was coming in to observe my class (translation: observe and evaluate me) and I didn't want to abuse the other teachers on my team by having a free day and having them all be bombarded with "why aren't...

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