Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tracey Gillies - Faux Flipped Classroom

Our spotlight for January is on Tracey Gillies of Gulf Highlands Elementary School, for her "Faux Flipped Classroom" model.  In the video below, Tracy explains how she uses video technology and online learning to "flip" her math classroom and increase student achievement in the process.



Putting It Into Practice

Tracey records her videos using an iPad and two great pieces of free software - ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard, by Learnbat, Inc, and Educreations Interactive Whiteboard.  

Once she's done making a video, she adds a link to the video into her Moodle class, along with links to other related videos and a comprehension quiz.  She also uses centers, summarizers, math games, and small group meetings.

Although each video can take 10 to 15 minutes to record, the videos can be reused each time the unit is taught.

Tracey tells us her Principal, Kara Smucker, has been extremely supportive and helpful.  She also reports that parents love being able to watch the videos to better help their children, and students enjoy being able to watch the videos more than once if they are confused.

Advanced Usage

One way to extend this concept is to have students make their own videos.  If you're looking for an example of how this might be done, check out mathtrain.tv, which is a website run by middle school teacher Eric Marcos.  Mr. Marcos has had a lot of success with having students create math videos on a wide variety of topics.

Links From This Video

For more information on Blended Learning, check out The Innosight Institute's Blended Learning page.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Congratulations to Pasco County’s Outstanding Senior- TJ Pyche

TJ Pyche is a well rounded, goal oriented individual with exemplary character and leadership skills.  He is not only a successful student academically, carrying a 4.67 GPA and a composite ACT score of 33, he has also distinguished himself as an example of student involvement in his school and community.  As you can see from the information TJ has provided, he belongs to numerous organizations, both in and outside of school, several of which he serves in leadership roles working hard to better the organization and the individuals within them.  Even with all of these time commitments he manages to find time to tutor underclassmen, volunteer for several organizations, hold a part time job and intern at an attorney’s office.


TJ has challenged himself throughout high school with a rigorous academic program of study by taking advantage of both advanced placement and dual enrollment courses.  He leads by example and has earned the respect of his peers, teachers and administrators by being a self starter, reliable and able to follow through on his commitments.

TJ is a positive role model in all areas of his involvement at Pasco High School and our community.  Students, teachers and administrators have benefited from his positive outlook, exemplary character, and his commitment to succeed.  It is without any hesitation that I recommend Thomas (TJ) Pyche for consideration as a Lombardi and Stamps Scholars recipient.  He is an altruistic young man with the work ethic, commitment, character, and leadership skills worthy of being awarded this scholarship.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gulf High School- Academy of Health

Pasco County Schools has at least one career academy at each of its thirteen high schools. Gulf High School's career academy is the Academy of Health. Gulf High School teacher Phyllis Butler and her students love the Academy of Health. It is wonderful when you meet students and teachers who love what they do. Here is a video that tells their story.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The 2012 Holiday Reading List Encourages Families to Share the Gift of Literacy

The 2012 Just Read, Florida! Recommended Holiday Reading List is now posted at http://www.justreadfamilies.org and includes a variety of interesting books by grade level, each with a holiday theme that will kindle the interest, imagination and love of reading for people of all ages, The site also includes tools parents can use to nurture a reading-friendly environment at home and in day-to-day activities, links to county and municipal public libraries, and tips for parents on how to make the most of the time they spend reading with their families. Families can also use the online tool "Find a Book" at http://florida.lexile.com to supplement the holiday reading list with other books tailored to a child's interest and reading ability using Lexile measures.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Art Gallery to display student work from Pasco County Students!

Congratulations to the students of Shady Hills Elementary School and Moon Lake Elementary School. Art Teacher, Sheryl Depp, opened their eyes to the possibility of having their work displayed in a true art gallery. The students' artwork will be on display now through December 9, 2012 at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art. On Thursday, December 6 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm a special reception will be held to honor these student artists. At the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, you and your family will be able to revisit the 20th century through art, while exploring and inspiring your creativity. Please browse the website or call 727-712-5762 for detailed information. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is located on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. Congratulations again to the students and Mrs. Depp for their display of artwork within the Museum.

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