Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Honored to have presented to fellow teachers of English on the integration of Apple technology in language teaching

Designing inspiring resources, November 2017 from Prof. ssa Tiziana Saponaro on Vimeo.

Reflections on 7 years of teaching with iPad in a flipped classroom

Welcome to my flipped, blended and gamified classroom. 

Empower, enable, engage: Apple devices have helped me craft a vision for optimal applications of technology to education, in an environment where students can be: 
Empowered Learners
Digital Citizens
Knowledge Constructors
Innovative Designers
Computational Thinkers
Creative Communicators
Global Collaborators.

In my classroom, you are not likely to see me standing at the front of the room lecturing. Instead, you'll find me walking around, talking to each student about their self-guided work while students ask me questions or find answers on their own using their smartphones, tablets or laptops.

I have made the classroom a space of differentiated instruction and project-based learning, by flipping the traditional classroom.

I usually provide the content through a video that the students watch at home, so I move the instruction to the individual space. Then our face-to-face time in the classroom can be used for discussion, papers and projects. The stuff that's typically done for homework, we do here in class.

The students are more engaged and I get a sense of which concepts they are grasping and which they are not long before they turn in their projects and papers. 

In my class students use their own devices and choose their own web tools and apps, to create their digital stories that they share in a portfolio, demonstrate their learning by presenting their stories to a real audience and receive feedback from me and from their peers. They develop team spirit and leadership by collaborating and interacting as part of a community of learners.

Being an advocate for thinking differently about learning styles,  I've developed a personalized approach to learning, by adjusting the pace of instruction, leveraging students’ interests and using interactive teaching methods and games, to provide greater learning flexibility and peer-to-peer collaboration.

I love inspiring students and supporting them in building creative projects that utilize mobile devices, apps and web tools. I organize project-based learning activities that involve students in planning and learning, so they can contribute to their own learning through productive discussions and collaboration, while creating content. 

In this student-centered environment students inquire and explore, work on projects, develop and demonstrate subject mastery in ways they enjoy.

In such a student-centered learning environment, I have managed to:

- Create a communication channel for learners to report on goals and progress.
- Assist students in selecting the appropriate tool for moving forward or deciding on next steps.
- Allow students to practice verbally explaining their learning without prompts
- Create opportunities that encourage students to work together and build on each other’s work and ideas.
- Challenge decisions and encourage students to challenge each other’s conclusions.
- Build relationships with students around learning, not just personal interests.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Feeling inspired as I've just got my Flipped Learning Level 2 Certification

Feeling inspired as I've just got my Flipped Learning Level 2 Certification.
The course was informative and insightful. Topics of the course included:
Flipped Mastery, Gamification,  In-Class Flip, Re-imagined Learning Spaces, First Person Narrative, Project-Based Learning, Socratic Seminars, Peer Instruction, Genius Hour.
Now I'm ready to take up the challenge offered at the end of the course: going deeper with flipped learning strategies in my classroom in a variety of ways, for example, using flipped project-based learning and flipped mastery class.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Promoting Apple technology expertise and the flipped classroom approach among fellow teachers

iPad changes the way teachers teach and students learn. With the wealth of new features in iOS 11, students can increase their productivity and efficiency. I offered examples of workflows and uses of these new features from my own classroom.
Learning is personal for students. How can we make it more accessible for all learners? Powerful assistive features are built into iPad to complement vision, hearing, motor skills, and literacy. I  guided my colleagues through hands-on activities to enable individualized learning opportunities for students. 

In these meetings we also discussed innovative learning
approaches including:

  • Competency-based Learning, an approach that allows to advance, based on mastery of a content provided by the educator.
Blended Learning, an approach known for extensive use of technology that enables flexibility in time, pace, and place.
  • Student-centered Learning, an approach that addresses distinct needs, interests and aspirations of students.
   • Personalized Learning, an approach that individualizes learning for every student based on particular interests, needs, interests, goals, and strengths.

  • Deeper Learning, an approach that focuses on fostering effective communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration in the classroom.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Flipped Learning Trainer Certification

I have just completed the The Level – I trainer certification program.

The Certified Trainer program was created for educators who:

-   Want to start teaching Flipped Learning to peers and colleagues

 - Have been promoted to Flipped Learning trainers or instructional coaches

 - Have already been conducting training in Flipped Learning and want to update their skills with the latest Flipped Learning 3.0 insights and global best practices

 - Are interested in becoming presenters at education conferences

 - Want to validate their skills with the International Flipped Learning Certification

Link to program:

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Flipped summer reading

In this brand-new title by Jon Bergmann, we learn about the transformation of Homework within the context of Flipped Learning.
Teachers view homework as an opportunity for students to continue learning after the bell rings. For many students, it's often just the dreaded “H” word. How can educators change the way students view homework while ensuring that they still benefit from the additional learning it provides? It's easy. Flip the learning! In Solving the Homework Problem by Flipping the Learning, Jonathan Bergmann, the co-founder of the flipped learning concept, shows you how. The book outlines why traditional homework causes dread and frustration for students, how flipped learning—completing the harder or more analytical aspects of learning in class as opposed to having students do it on their own—improves student learning, and how teachers can create flipped assignments that both engage students and advance student learning.

Friday, 3 February 2017


Makers at ITIS Marconi from Prof. ssa Tiziana Saponaro on Vimeo.

I attended the following course, taught by Jon Bergmann, available here: http://flglobal.thinkific.com/courses/TechCourse

This one-hour, free course helps educators avoid the 17 biggest mistakes educators routinely make when choosing flipped learning technology.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Proud to be one of the first educators to receive International Flipped Learning Certification

I just completed the  Flipped Learning Level - I Certification Program and achieved
Level - I Certification.

The Level -1 certification program is available here: http://flglobal.org/flipped-learning-certification/

It includes nine units and covers these essential topics:

* Understanding the pedagogy of flipped learning

* Planning for flipped learning

* Flipped learning best practices

* Tech Tools of the flipped classroom

* Effective use of class time

* Implementing flipping learning in different subjects and levels

* Assessments and flipped learning

* Selecting the right technologies

* Taking the flipped class to the next level

    Course certificate

Friday, 8 April 2016

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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