Mark Anderson (@ictevangelist) is an Information and Communication Technology Coordinator at the Clevedon School in the United Kingdom. I was introduced to Mark earlier this year through fellow LessonPaths Innovator, Daniel Edwards (@syded06). After getting to know these two gentlemen, I quickly realized that no one can follow the #ukedchat hashtag on Twitter without seeing one of their names. So it’s no surprise to see Mark on the top 20 list of UK educators to follow on Twitter.
Mark has contributed and organized high quality content on LessonPaths that assists educators with professional development. His playlist How to Use Twitter If You Are A Teacher, has almost 30,000 views and is shared constantly on social media—so you don’t just have to take my word that he knows what he’s doing!
See below for Mark’s thoughts on the application of LessonPaths with regard to teachers and students that he originally published on his blog, and check out his other Learning Playlists on professional development here.
LessonPaths – Perfect for Flipping Learning?
Many is the time when I’ve been considering ways to flip my classrooms. LessonPaths provides an excellent way of doing this. A web 2.0 tool to share ‘learning playlists’ – a bit like micro favourite lists as you might see on delicious, the site allows members of the community to build the learning playlist based upon a specific topic.
Where it differs from a posh list of links is that you can build the list with an order of difficulty, ‘beginner’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’. One of the coolest features of the lot (for teachers) is that you can also add in pop quizzes within the playlist. Adding in learning checks based upon multiple choice or true/false options. Okay, this doesn’t lend itself to higher order / extended abstract responses, but it’s not there to completely replace the role of the teacher!
I dipped my toes in to the LessonPaths community last week with a playlist aimed at putting all of my resources about the power of Twitter for teachers all in to one place. I linked up all my blog posts, put them in ascending order, added in the great screencasts by @DavidMiller_UK and published.
In the course of a week, the playlist has had a total of more than 10,000 hits. I’ve been receiving stories about how the playlist has been used by schools and teachers all over the world to help teachers looking to join Twitter to support their own professional development. It’s been amazing.
All that to one side, it has really struck me how this tool could be used to construct learning playlists for students to work through prior to their attendance in lessons. What I am going to try next week is sharing playlists with students prior to their lessons. I am going to ask students to work through the playlist for their homework and then when they attend class, I will build upon and develop their learning, using the flipped model. I think it’s going to work really well. What do you think?
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