As we launch the new Thinkfinity Newsletter in September, we would like to receive feedback on your impressions, reflections, observations, or suggestions for the eNewsletter. We plan to publish this free Newsletter monthly and focus on a topic of interest. The September issue is devoted to back to school, but it also includes sections that promote other resources within the Community.
What would you like to see included in future issues of the Newsletter?
What sections did you find helpful in your teaching?
We value your opinions and want to make this publication increase Community engagement, guide teachers to Thinkfinity resources, and introduce new educational trends.
We look forward to hearing from you!
I'm sure this first issue of the eNewsletter will be awesome, and I look forward to receiving it next week.
Many of us were very sad when the newsletters of the past were discontinued so creating this new magnet for teachers to gravitate to for a variety of information, pedagogy, and suggestions will certainly be welcome.
I agree with you that the newsletters were a highlight of Thinkfinity in past years. In trainings, teachers were always thrilled to have a source that shared new Content Partner features and offered instructional ideas.
The new eNewsletter promotes Community engagement by offering quick links to blogs and discussions on specific topics of current educational interest.
It's a collaborative effort and offers something for everyone. I'll be interested in your comments after you see it published.
What is "hot" out there is flipping classrooms and the ability to
achieve this goal successfully. This mean that teachers must have
the technology to video, put the video somewhere the students can view it,
and also give up some structure/tradition/ to their
It will not be perfect at first, but those who have students who achieve this
feat will see a new path to teaching. I haven't done it yet, but as soon
as my computer lab and software are set up properly, I am going to put my foot
into the water. It is the future of teaching, and we as teacher better
get on that train or we will be left at the station. Our classrooms in Arizona are large, and it
is so hard to get to every student, but with “flipping” there will be students
who know what is going on, might have the assignment completed, and are able to
assist in the facilitating the rest.
Those students will have a HUGE wave of self-esteem being able to assist
their peers, and the atmosphere will change to a collaborative/communicative
My feeling is what someone mentioned in our blog.............have the
principal "flip" a staff meeting. It has to start somewhere and
someone has to set an example, so why not start at the top.
I for one will not be left at the station!
Well said and I know you will never be left at the station. :-) In fact, I would expect you to be the engineer.
Having been technology support for K-12 school and university faculty members, I think most teachers will need your support. Oh there are a few who will do this on their own and be very successful. I think flipping schools will need an organizer, someone who can write up directions for placement/storage of videos, provide howto videos for development of quality videos, and set up guidance/support to teachers wanting to flip. For some who are shy of the technology, reviewing Khan videos or videos by others for professional use can be helpful to creating a list of videos that directly support curriculum.
Sharing will be vital. Every teacher does not have to create every video she plans to use. Organizor can provide each teacher a list of what is available, what is desired, and the support to help the common cause.
Start small, flip a lesson. You don't have to flip every thing you do. Starting small will build a set of approved videos that meet curriculum needs.
Students can make excellent technology support for teachers as they create videos. I can see some students creating videos for their classmates use, in parallel with content supervision by their teacher.
We would like to read stories from teachers sharing their specifics. How are you flipping a lesson? What strategies for classroom management are you using to flip your classroom? Is your school flipping or are you going it along? Love to hear from all who are flipping their classroom or thinking of flipping their classroom.
Kingston really did hit the nail on the head, and we all know she is the engine out front pulling all those cars on the track.
I'm not a technology guru as most of you guys are, but I am realizing that "flipping" takes on several connotations. This semester, I am teaching what our college has classified as "Hybrid" classes. At this juncture, most professors are approaching it as a combination face-to-face and Online format. But, I wanted to expand on that format so I'm writing my own curriculum layout. I found it to be extremely challenging because the game plan has to be assembled in zig-zag style. We just began the semester so this is really a pilot type program for me. The concept of student and instructor produced videos for each to observe is a hill I have yet to climb. However, I plan to add at least one video to my assignments which can easily be uploaded into the Blackboard format through mashing so it shouldn't be too complicated for me.
One of the immediate pitfalls I see in K-12 flipping is that the instructor could possibly just assign lots of "activity sets" to complete at home and then discuss and review those completed sets in the classroom. I can attest that this is the format for most college classes I have been researching. I am refusing to go that route and already have assigned animations to be posted on supply and demand.
Not sure we will get anything really over the top like the Gecko in commercials, it's a start.
This may not even be of interest to this audience, but I thought I would toss it out anyway.
Looking forward to learning all the tricks from the very much-needed eNewsletter.
I'd be interested to have you story blog as a Verizon Education Blogger, taking us with you as you develop your course, deliver it, and reflect on how it went from your point of view and your students. I think our members would be interested to. Let me know if you are interested.
Jane Brown, Thinkfinity Community Manager
I am glad to hear the newsletter is coming back! I loved how there was a theme and then there were resources I could use in the classroom or share with my colleagues. For example, in September there would be wonderful resources on how to teach the Constitution. I could just click on the hyperlink and have access to lesson plans and websites.
Then to expand the newsletter from what we used to have, I LOVE Kingston's and Karen's line of thinking. I would really find it beneficial to hear specific stories about how teachers are implementing innovative ideas in their classroom and the challenges and successes they have had.
Then thinking about a newsletter that comes in my inbox that I actually read, it would be like a newsletter from Military.com with the focus for spouses. What always catches my eye in this newsletter is that there is always a meaningful question from a military spouse with an informative answer from Mrs. Vicki. Maybe we could highlight questions from our members. Also there are always links to current news articles that would be of interest to military spouses. I find myself clicking on most of the articles. We too could highlight articles for educators.
We still have a theme approach to the eNewsletter that features relevant resources including new Content Partner activities. Also a section of the eNewsletter is devoted to Education News and Insights that references blogs with links to timely articles for teachers. We are looking forward to hearing reactions and suggestions from Community members regarding the eNewsletter format and content.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
The September eNewsletter is scheduled for distribution this week. It will be sent to Thinkfinity Community members at their registered email addresses. Unfortunately, this first eNewsletter has taken longer to develop than we had hoped.
In the meantime, you may find some resources from the National Center for Family Literacy such as Introducing Comprehension Strategies to Adult Readers.
I appreciate your interest and your patience. You should see the September eNewsletter in your email inbox very soon.
Some members did receive the eNewsletter Thursday. However, the company distributing the eNewsletter sent them out in small batches. For some reason, they stopped sending in the afternoon. Hopefully, whatever problem developed with distribution will be resolved soon. Sorry for the delay!