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Our research shows that when students work on projects, they learn more | eSchool News

Educators often talk about 21st-century skills and the benefits of incorporating communication, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking into lessons. These are skills stud…

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SMART SEE Summit – Calgary

What a privilege it is to be part of the SMART family! I can honestly say that I have never experienced such welcome and knowledge in one week! Can you imagine 57 teachers, who are passionate about technology, all from different parts of the world, in one room for 5 days? Can you imagine the conversations, the laughter and the wisdom? All I can compare it to is if you find your favourite hobby (say, fishing) and put a bunch of amazing fisherman from all over the world in one room together for a week, what would you expect it to feel like? Yep! Exactly! This is what the SMART SEE Summit is like – but with amazing, passionate and dedicated teachers! Not to mention the incredible hospitality of the SMART staff. We were captivated at their Headquarters where were introduced to some amazing people and then asked a numerous amount of time for our honest feedback on their fabulous products. How wonderful to be able to ‘pull apart’ software and five feedback to developers?! And the food!! So. Much. Food!!

Thank you – Thank you to SMART for an experience I will never forget. For the time it took you to put something like this together – you must all be exhausted

Thank you – Thank you to my brand new friends – Your wisdom has taught me so much about what classrooms can look like. I can’t wait to collaborate with you all.

SMART – You are just out of this world!

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The Flipped Classroom – A Paradigm Shift

Everything I agree with….

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By Matt Burns

A change is here. It is not coming. It is here. It has arrived. And like the wind, teachers can feel it on their skin, and in some classrooms. The way teachers have taught for the last 100 years is undergoing a significant transformation. This article is about a paradigm shift.

Readers have almost certainly heard about the flipped classroom. It is a concept that has been in the educational sphere for at least five years now. At its most basic definition, the flipped classroom is this: the lessons are viewed at home and the homework is done in school. Hence, the standard classwork/homework pattern is ‘flipped’ or inverted. There are more sophisticated and better definitions than this, but that is for another article.

What effect does this homework/classwork shift have on the traditional paradigm of teaching? How does creating video lectures for students open up a…

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