had the chance to meet up with fellow teacher Evelyn, and to hear her share abt her experience in flipping her P4 CL class. she had recorded a series of 24 videos (that included ppt slides, and videos) to get things going at the start. students are tasked to watch one video a week, as it coincides with one lesson a week. it was slow to get things going at first, cultivating students the habit of watching the videos weekly. “they were so used to the standard way of teaching/learning since P1, P2 & P3”, and now students are required to do something that’s very different from the past.
having the videos (prepared using Camtasia) allowed Evelyn time to engage students in more interactions in class. she designed games to engage her students. but in order to participate in the games, students learnt that they need to watch the videos beforehand. homework is done in class, so students do not have to do homework after school.
based on what i heard, i believe what Evelyn has done laid good foundation to free up classroom teaching time, which won’t go away any time soon in a school’s factory-style set up, especially during foundation years at primary level. looking forward to the day to attend a lesson in the classroom to see how discourse is taking place with such an implementation.
if the possibilities to explore alternative/more classroom discourse doesnt excite you, “我的最差的学生从前拿24分，最近拿了一个40分。” (out of 45), any results-oriented teacher could be persuaded somewhat to the very least i presume? 😛
— update 9/5, 1335hr —
checked my mail after lunch, and cloudHQ‘s CEO Mr. Senad Dizdar has dropped an email to offer an 1-year free trial of cloudHQ’s Premium service. time to explore the service further (:
today, a new toy arrived:
have bought the acer chromebook 13 to explore the Google Chrome OS ecosystem. an immediate problem would be to gain access to my working files on Dropbox. while files in dropbox could be retrieved, somehow i suspect the access would not be as fast if files were to be retrieved from Google Drive instead.
so, the next thing to do is to mirror the files in-between dropbox and google drive. while i could do it manually through one of my systems’ hard disk. i was wondering if there’s something more clever — a cloud service that works on the cloud storages, in the cloud.
and after some googling, i came upon cloudHQ.
signed up for a free 14-days trial account, and in no time, my files on dropbox started syncing. when i checked back in an hour, was pleasantly surprised to see 2.9GB of files synced. but the syncing stopped, as i have used up the free 2GB bandwidth. in fact, it was exceeded by 0.9GB. posted a tweet to gain another 2GB, and the sync was restarted to continue transfer of the remaining 2GB. hope the free bandwidth is enough to complete the job.
i like cloudHQ for its easy to navigate menu options. one concern that i had was what if there were some glitch, and files were overwritten unintended. i am pleasantly surprised to find cloudHQ offering an option to back up changed files before they were overwritten. activated the option and hope to see it in action.
looks like i have used up my 4GB of free transfer as i am writing this post. hope i would be able to receive the free 1 year trial of the Premium Plan, and i’ll be able to post more about the cloudHQ experience.