Technology, you cannot stop it. Creativity, you should not limit it. Do not let innovation scare you, it will only limit yours and your students’ possibilities. Flipping PD, or Flipping Professional Development, is our mission to create opportunities for every educator and every student to be able to embrace innovation and creativity into their learning and teaching.
Our focus is innovation through technology and global collaboration. An educator’s curriculum is more than just an outcome, it is how that outcome is going to come alive. How are you going to make that outcome become more than just knowledge? Students need more than just knowledge, they also need experience. There is a huge need for educators to acquire technology and global education skills in order to meet the requirements of the Literacy with ICT Continuum–A Model for 21st Century Learning K-12, to deliver ISTE Standards and to give students the education they need as outlined in the Horizon Report. That is where we come in. Teachers must be given time to acquire these skills with just-in-time professional development and not have to do all of the professional upgrading “after hours” on their own time. While many educators devote endless personal hours to learning, this is not always possible for all teachers, so time must be provided for educators to acquire this learning.
We are teaching teachers to infuse technology into any curriculum. We are using experiential learning through student-centered approaches, project based learning models that work. We are lifelong learners and we want to inspire everyone to be lifelong learners. Our goal is to model our lifelong learning to our students, to be on-the-cusp providing the best learning for our students so that they are prepared for jobs that do not yet exist and that they become globally competitive digital citizens. We are growing our passion for leading and learning. Come join us!
Students from Red River College’s Business/Technology Teacher Education program extended their reach clear across the globe last month, while taking part in an international conference on emerging classroom technologies.
The students, all pre-service teachers in Eva Brown’s second-year Teacher Ed. ICT and Multimedia classes, were participants in the 2013 Flat Classroom Conference, held March 8-10 at Yokohama International School in Japan.
Jennifer Kasprick and Kate Hallett, Pre-service Teachers and Eva Brown, Teacher Education Instructor, Red River College present at the BYTE Conference.
Provide your students with opportunities to develop skills to collaborate globally and to become competitive in a global economy. This session will outline the phases to flatten your classroom and provide examples and resources to implement global education into your curriculum.
How does a tradition start? Who starts a tradition? Which football team was the first to dump a cooler of Gatorade on their winning coach? Why do professional hockey players keep the puck when they score their first NHL goal? Why do graduates move their tassel from the right side of their mortarboard to the left to signify they have received their degree? Who decided that engineers should wear a pinky ring?
The origins of a tradition can sometimes be identified, but some have been practiced for such a long time, the origin cannot be traced. A common thread of most traditions is they are practiced because it is the “right thing to do”. Wikipedia defines a tradition as: “ a ritual, belief or object passed down within a society, still maintained in the present, with origins in the past.”
This proposal is to initiate a tradition. A tradition that will continue for the duration of the Industrial Arts Teacher Education program at Red River College. In many faculties, and sports, an achievement is celebrated by the presentation and wearing of a unique ring. The tradition we would like to start, will be like none other; our grads will be manufacturing their own rings that will signify the completion of their Bachelor of Education: Industrial Arts Degree.
Students are presently learning the “Lost Wax Casting” process in Manufacturing. Students hand carve their own wax objects or use store bought “patterns”, and then cast them in bronze or reclaimed silver. This beginning of our new “tradition” will create connections between three of the courses in which our students are presently enrolled. Students will design their own rings on a computer in Graphic Communications, cut the wax pattern in Power and Energy on a CNC mill, and cast the wax ring mould in Manufacturing. The completed rings will then be presented as part of a graduation ceremony at the end of the courses at Red River College.
This Tradition includes the Business Education Teacher Education grads, Technical Vocational Teacher Education grads, as well as Alumni.
In 2013 we would like to include Teacher Education Alumniwho would be interested in a Class Ring from Red River College. It will have the RRC Logo along with your Graduation Year in Gold Silver or Bronze. We are still working out the details so check back here in early 2013 to find out the details for ordering.