4. Using tablets for personalising learning & flipping the classroom

This video introduce the topics of module 4:
# Personalized Learning;
# Flipped Learning.

In the video are explained also the objectives of the module, they are:

  1. Developed a clear understanding of the concepts of personalized learning and the flipped classroom
  2. Understood how to use a number of apps to personalize or flip the classroom
  3. Reflected on an example of how teaching is personalized
  4. Reflected on your own teaching practices as regards personalized and flipped learning and flipped learning
  5. Designed a lesson plan that incorporates ideas, strategies, tools introduced on the course
  6. Reflected on the effectiveness of other people's lesson plans
  7. Developed an understanding of how tablets can support children with special educational needs

4.1 Introduction to personalised learning

Personalized learning is the way to make more effective learning. The Basic of PL is adjust the learning to the needs and learning styles of learners

Personalized learning involve many problems:
1. differents learning styles lead to differents objectives. Not all the goals are achievable with any learning styles
2. The problem is: Is always a good thing adjust the learning on the learning style of the student?

The infographic below represents two key questions about Personalizing Learning: What is PL? How To PL?

This other infographic suggests a possibile way to know learners profiles and needs, trough the creation of a students data backpack

4.2 Personalising learning with tablets

Tablets aren't available in my classrooms, but I use, from many years, a blended learning solution that is an excellent support to personalizing learning and to improve the individual skills of learners and the ability of "learn to learn". My students can work, alone or in groups, using an online learning environment, that I created through many web tools as:
# blog: http://gianfrancomarini.blogspot.it/
# forum: http://aula.forumfree.it/
# social network like; Facebook, Scribd, Slideshare, YouTube, etc.
# content curation tools like: pearltrees, scoop.it, Pinterest,
# content creation web apps like: Tackk, Mindomo, Prezi, Cmaps, Emaze, Dipity, Popplet, Padlet, etc.
I used several class management web tools like: Fidenia, Edynco, Blendspace, etc.
I think that an online learning environment have to be informal, student centered, open and have to encourage collaboration, content curation and content creation, dialogue, self evaluation and peer evaluation.

At the link below you can see a map of the online learning environment that we (I and my students) have created

4.3 Live webinar: tablets and special needs

4.4 Introduction to the flipped classroom

Is too difficult for me explain my thought about flipped learning using the english language. I wrote many posts in my blog about the flipped classroom and flipped learning.
FC is a trendy practice but it presents many problems and objections. I prefer a blended learning solution, FC is only a part of blended learning model and is too stiff, indeed, in some cases, is better an explanation "face to face" fulfilled with traditional lesson.
I used blended learning since 2010 and I think is better than flipped classroom.
These are some resources that I offer to my students for blended their learning:
1. These are my "flipped lessons" about history of philosophy that I collected using Pearltrees: Lezioni di filosofia di Gianfranco Marini
2. These are others resources about history of philosophy that allow to my students a deep learning activities:
- modern and contemporary philosophy
- ancient greek philosophy

There are many kinds of resources and contents: documents, conceptual maps, video lessons, texts, images, etc. They studies them and discuss about them in our forum or through others tools like: Facebook, Whatsapp, Edmodo, Edynco, videoconference tools, etc.

In some situations I used also the flipped classroom model:
1. Pascal's philosophy Course, made with Blendespace
2. The Congress of Vienna and the history of Europa in the first half of XIX centuries, made with Edynco.

I wrote two post about these experiences:

1. Studying history with Edynco

2. Blendspace and blended learning: Pascal's philosophy

4.5 Flipping the classroom with tablets

I think Monica's method is excellent, but using tablets to make video lessons is more complicated than using screencasting with desktop: why do I have to change a simple procedure with one more difficult?
# I use my desktop to make my video lessons, having two monitors connected with it and this simplifies my work.
# I prepare a content for my lesson, as a conceptual map or a presentation or another kind of document.
# Then I use screencast-o-matic, a free web app, to screencast my display and record my voice.
# In order to realize video lessons a PC desktop is much better than a tablet.
Following the link below you can see one of my lessons. Look at the document about Nietzsche's Philosphy (you can find the link to it in the information box), to make it with a tablet I would need of a very very longer time.

4.6 Apps for personalized learning and flipping the classroom

I cure a collection of educational web apps with Zeef.  I classified the web applications in 49 categories based on them features and functionalities, I reccomended 255 links to resources and tools for blended learning and flipped classroom

4.7 Additional Resources

These are additional resources curated by Pietro Blu Gandonato and published with List.ly "Risorse per la scuola digitale"

4.8.1 Module 4 Activity: 1. Preparing a lesson plan

Thies is My Lesson Plan: Imperialism in XIX century

4.9 Module 4 Quiz

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