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What 'They' Forgot to Tell You When Flipping the Classroom

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The “Flipped Classroom”, it’s what everyone is talking about and for good reason.   

I jumped into this flipped classroom with two feet, full steam ahead.  I thought, “Here is the answer to my problems of students missing class due to illness, sports or school assemblies.”  I reasoned,  “I’ll get more teaching time and then I can do the activities with my students that will help them really ‘get’ the concepts they need to master this topic”.  

But then there are those things ‘they’ forget to tell you about, like: curation of all that data, the time it takes to make all those videos, and  what if the students don’t watch the lesson?” Here are some things to consider before you jump into the flipped classroom pool.


Real World Learning: A Student's Perspective

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For those of you who have been following along, the CK-12 Foundation recently hosted a math and science competition for students to apply math and science concepts to the real world. Today's guest blogger, Hannah, participated in the Get Real Competition. Her team from Mirror Lake Middle School in Chugiak, Alaska took 3rd place last May.

5 Tips for High School Students Who Plan on Going to College

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If you know you want to attend college following high school graduation, it’s important that you start planning now. The more planning you do beforehand to ready yourself for the big day will put you in a better position to attend the college of your dreams and to find success after graduation.


Top Resources for Essay Writers

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All stages of essay writing for any subject, including math and science, can be tricky, from the choice of a proper topic to the organization of the paper to the actual writing.


How PRINTS Accomplished Project-Based Learning with the Get Real Competition


As a Montessori Middle School, Pacific Rim International School's (PRINTS) philosophical approach to all aspects of our curriculum – not just science – is to establish the relationships between things; to convey the interconnectedness of ourselves in relation to the universe. We find that teaching details often brings confusion and does not allow for the space for students to make their own discoveries.  We are a very small private school and our technology resources are limited. So, when we heard about the Get Real Competition, the first thing we did was talk to the students about the idea of making a video because we knew they would be very motivated by the idea of being able to win iPads for the science classroom!

How to Stay Focused on Projects and Schoolwork: Tips for Middle School and High School Students

Robert Morris

Today's guest blog post comes from CK-12 member, Robert Morris. Robert is a professional writer from New York. Creating useful tips for students is his favorite. Passionate about edtech.


Unfortunately, being focused doesn’t come with getting older. In fact, when middle school and high school students are in question, the ability to focus on schoolwork and projects is disproportional with the years – they are more interested in having fun and hanging out with their friends as they get older. The parade of distractions is never-ending, and even the strongest wills break under the influence of teenage years.

However, you still want to achieve success in school and you surely wish good grades would come on their own. We can’t help you with that, but we can offer tips that will help you stay focused during the time you devote to your studies and achieve more work in less time.


How One Science Teacher Uses CK-12

Arjan Harjani

Today's guest blog post comes to us from CK-12 Champion, Arjan Harjani. Arjan is the Science Chair and Medical Program Director at Providence High School in Burbank, California.

I have been teaching at Providence HS, a Catholic private high school in Burbank for the past 22 years. The school has a unique four-year medical focus program with an emphasis on the health care industry. The program allows and encourages students to explore health care with a view to pursuing it as a major and eventually as a career choice.

I fell in love with CK-12's features in a matter of hours after being introduced to it (in the summer of 2013) by a first year chemistry teacher at Providence HS- her mother happens to be a teacher and she is the one who introduced CK-12 to her daughter.


The Story of a New CK-12 User: Chemistry Teacher, Doug

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Today's guest blogger, Doug Hanson, is a new CK-12 user. He has been teaching for the past 25 years and has always tried to stretch his students by being innovative in his approach to teaching. 

I woke up at 1 in the morning thinking about the 30 ipads that were in my chemistry class and I hadn’t had my students use them once – at least for my Chemistry class. The remainder of my sleep was restless as I tossed and turned thinking about the importance of teaching my students in a manner that reflects the world where they live.

The saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” was haunting my thoughts and was a catalyst to get me moving in a different direction in my chemistry classroom. I thought, “Well, this ol’ dog is going to learn some new tricks starting tomorrow!”

The next day I contacted my building instructional coach and began planning the switch from teacher directed to student directed learning. A week later we launched our students into the world of learning from the ipads and taking charge of their learning.

CK-12 Aids in Competency-Based Virtual School

Michele Eaton CK-12

Guest blogger, Michele Eaton is the Virtual Education Specialist for the MSD of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She focuses on staff and curriculum development for the district's virtual school and blended initiatives.  Michele is on the board of the Indiana Computer Educators organization, on the leadership team for the ISTE SIGOL group, and a CK-12 Champion.  Follow her on Twitter @lyonmi and on her blog.

Achieve Virtual Education Academy is a public virtual high school in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Achieve Virtual is a full time high school for several students and is the source of supplementary coursework for students around the state that need to recover credits or need access to classes not offered in their district such as AP or dual credit courses.  Virtual schools provide an alternate pathway to success for many students.  

Why Should Students Show Up to Class?


Will Lester graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Secondary Education. He enjoys writing about current trends and innovations in education, leadership and traveling. He is currently an Outdoor Education teacher in Europe and has spent that past two years traveling around the world teaching multiple different subjects. He is currently looking at going back to school and acquiring his masters in Educational Leadership.

Where do you get your information on content or ideas that you present in the classroom?  Some of you educators may say the classroom text book, most of you may be experts on the topic, and few of you will say outside resources that aren’t technology based.  Most of you may be putting together PowerPoint presentations or implementing some sort of slideshow or classroom discussion into your lesson planning.  The online classroom is full of presentations, videos and discussions with the help of companies like Khan Academy and 2U that actually allow you to have virtual face to face exchanges.  So, why should students continue to show up to class when they can learn and gain human interaction online?

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