|Home > Presentations > CEN|
The 2015 Annual Member Conference hosted by the Connecticut Education Network (CEN) draws participants from educators (K-12 and higher ed), municipalities, libraries, local businesses and State of Connecticut agencies.
The flipped classroom has been used in different ways for the past decade in education.
More recently, the idea of flipping professional development has been experimented with at schools and in corporate training.
In both cases, the idea is to rethink what we want to spend our time with in face-to-face sessions and how can we move learning before & after those sessions to be more self-directed.
|Whether you call your space for creative work and play a makerspace or an innovation lab, hackerspace, tech shop of fabrication lab, the focus of this presentation and activity is what goes on inside that space. Here's something about the semantics of the term s from makezine.com. What I feel is more important than the name of the space is the pedagogy for its use and how it reaches out to a larger community - whether that be a school, campus or geographical area.|
This exercise is meant to flip the professional learning model. If you are planning to attend my session on "Flipping the Learning Model" which is paired with the session on library makerspaces, then I ask you to try this activity BEFORE the conference. By flipping this portion of the learning, we gain time in the session, and get to focus on the portion that I consider to be more critical to the face-to-face learning.
Smartphone Audio Enhancement
Your task is to experiment with one or more ways to increase the volume and sound quality of a smartphone using simple materials and no electronics or additional power. Bring at least one result of your DIY experimentation to the live session.
Look at the samples shown here for ideas, but it would be great to have a few people go deeper and experiment on their own with original designs.
In our face-to-face session, we will test your samples with a decibel meter, and we will discuss how this simple exercise can be applied to the classroom learning.
Here are some questions to consider while you are experimenting with designs.
Resources for the Exercise
paper & balsa wood
box and horn (plastic cup & wood)
a bowl or sink
constructed bowl reflector