Saturday, July 7, 2012

Social Studies Flipped Class Community

First, thank you to everyone who has contributed to the SS Flipclass Community form!  At the time of writing this, we have about 40 educators who have entered contact & website info in the last week alone.  Here is the link:

Social Studies Flipped Class Community

A couple of quick things:

1.  If you are a social studies teacher who is (or at least considering) flipping and have yet to enter your info, please consider doing so.  If you are unsure of how to edit the form, please let me know. 

2.  Contact and connect with the other social studies teachers!  One of the first steps I took was following those who entered info on Twitter.  This is a quick and simple way to build your PLN.    The email addresses are also helpful for those of us who want to discuss things in further depth than 140 characters may allow.   For instance, I have had the opportunity to discuss the Explore-Flip-Apply model with Karl Lindgren-Streicher this past week.  (Great blog posting about the proposed model here.)

3.  Look under the school column to see if any other social studies teachers are flipping in your geographic area.  It would be great to observe other teachers or collaborate in-person if possible.

4. I have added a final column since originally posting the spreadsheet for us to provide links to our screencast videos.  I know that many of us have not had time to develop a library, but for those who have them posted, please share!  Also, do not worry if they are not perfect, no ones are.  It would be helpful for all of us to see the various ways that teachers are using the screencast technology.

5.  If you have a blog, consider creating a "blog roll" of the social studies blogs entered in the spreadsheet.  This would be an easy way to see the reflections of others who are implementing the flipped class approach in ss. 

6. If there is more information that would be helpful that is not currently in the spreadsheet, please let me know.  You could also just add a column since everyone had editing access.

7.  Lastly, spread the word!  Tweet, email, post, etc.  The more people enter the info, the greater chances of engaging in meaningful collaboration. 

I look forward to working with those of you in the flipped social studies community.