Welcome to Flipped-History! I have recently adopted the "flipped-mastery" model for my world history classes and would like to share my thoughts and reflections with fellow educators interested in this approach. In a relatively short time, I have learned so much by researching online publications, reading other flipped-class blogs and following the #flipclass conversations on Twitter. This blog is my way to help further the conversation with a particular focus on social studies education.
My name is Tom Driscoll and I'm a high school social studies teacher at Putnam High School in Putnam, CT. I am currently in the final year of the Computing in Education MA program at Teachers College at Columbia University. In 2007, I earned a BA in History from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I spent the first four years of my career teaching and coaching at Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson, CT before making the transition to Putnam. This is my 5th year teaching and I absolutely love it!
My wonderful wife Michaela is an excellent educator and coach at Coventry High School in Coventry, RI. Our son Blake was born on June 3rd, 2011. He is the man! At this early stage, I give Michaela credit for putting up with my recording (and re-recording) screencasts, sometimes late into the night (trying not to wake up Blake of course...).
Our current online platforms are the class wiki and Edmodo. I will get more into the details of our flipped-mastery model in later posts, but in general, the course resources are located on the wiki, while the assessments are completed through Edmodo. Although I really like the Edmodo platform, the wiki allows everything to remain "open-source" on the web. The screencast videos can be accessed either on the wiki or directly through screencast.com.
The screencasts are finally getting better, starting with the "World War II" video. So, it you would like to use these as a model, I would advise starting with that (and the "Holocaust"). Although the early videos work (ex. Enlightenment), I have learned much about utilizing better audio and webcam equipment. More on this to come...
Comments & Communication
Please contact me with comments or questions you have with this model. Since this is still relatively new, dialogue about what works and what doesn't is vital. You can either leaver comments directly in the blog, or contact me at any of the following:
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org..us