Sunday, April 13, 2014

How FLIPPED can we become?

I had the pleasure of presenting on Innovation Day yesterday with Tim Goree and Geoff Belleau at the Lead 3.0 Symposium in San Francisco. It was a great opportunity to share what Crystal has done and will continue to do with Innovation Day. More importantly, the leaders that came to our presentation now have a good idea of ways of incorporating Innovation Day, 20% time, or Genius Hour at their schools.

Lead 3.0 Symposium: Geoff, Tim, Kathryn, Julia, and me

Last week I talked about thinking of ways that you can make your classroom more innovative on a regular basis. "Flipping" your classroom so that the basic information is presented outside of the class and the application is then done inside the classroom is one great way of making a monumental shift for the students. If you follow Tim Goree on Twitter you may have seen his Tweet on "The Flipped Classroom for the Common Core." If you missed the Tweet or if you don't follow Tim, I have included the link here: This is a great resource for More than a Million Common Core Videos, Games, Assessments, and Courses. The site is managed by OpenEd:

About OpenEd »

OpenEd is the largest K-12 educational resource catalog, with over a million Language Artsand Math games, video lessonsassessments, and courses. While it integrates with all popular Learning Management Systems it offers its own simple “flipped classroom” LMS oriented to using resources.
It is the only site completely focused on offering Common Core resources. It features a wealth of math games, Language Arts and math quizzes and tests, and math lessons andLanguage Arts lessons from dozens of educational content providers.

Shannon sent me a link to a great TED talk by Dan Meyer. The focus is math but the message is applicable to all subjects. Take a few minutes to watch the video. TED Talk by Dan Meyer  You should also check out Dan's blog at

Additionally, if you have been at any of the last few Board meetings you have seen elementary school students presenting on their application of the Common Core. For those of you that have not had the chance to see the presentations, or for those that want to see the presentations again, check them out here: Student Common Core Presentations  They are AWESOME!!

PREDICT: Predict is to say that something will happen before it happens. 

Many more great things are in store for Crystal!

Continue to be innovative, creative, and a model of excellence! 


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