Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Flipping Your Class

Want to flip your class, but unsure how to overcome the inevitable challenges that come with trying something new?

We sat down in an exclusive video interview with Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams, the founders of the Flipped Class Movement to ask them how to avoid the most common mistakes when flipping your class.

Here’s the Top 5 mistakes to avoid when flipping your class!

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The Importance of Student Voice: Lessons from Successful BYOD Roll-outs

Over the last 18 months we’ve spent a lot of time working with schools in varied states of 1 to 1 technology implementation.

From schools who have successfully been running BYOD for a number of years, to schools with 1 to 1 device programs (iPads, MacBooks, Chromebooks often being the devices of choice) to schools just embarking on the exciting but challenging journey.

Along the way we’ve had lots of conversations with teachers and schools about their lessons learned in moving to a 1 to 1 technology implementation and have discovered a number of common themes.

This post represents the 2nd of a series where we will share the lessons learned and best practice strategies we’ve uncovered from working with schools who have made the move to 1 to 1 technology implementation or BYOD.

You can read our first post on Student-Led Genius Bars here.

The Importance of Student Voice

Student ownership

We’re Partnering with the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning at Edutech 2014

Our fundamental design philosphy at myEd is to co-create with teachers and students technology solutions to real world challenges they experience in the classroom – as after all, teachers and students (and not us) are the experts!

As a result over the last couple of years we’ve become a frequent visitor at the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) based out of Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) in Sydney, Australia whose team, led by Stephen Collis, the Director of Innovation have played a central role in shaping and co-creating myEd App.

What do SCIL do?

SCIL started out as the research and innovation unit at NBCS and now run a range of future-focused professional development programs and research projects that seek to transform educational thinking and practice at NBCS and in the wider educational community.


And, we’re excited to announce that..

We’re partnering with SCIL to launch “The NBCS Way – Lessons Learned in 4 Years of BYOD” PD Course at EduTech 2014

Steve Collis and the team at SCIL over the last couple of weeks have been working closely with us to develop an amazing professional development course for Principals, Senior School Leadership, ICT Integrators and Teachers that shares the lessons learned by NBCS on their journey to making their vision of “every child engaged a reality” and successfully implementing a 1 to 1 technology program.

What will the course cover?

Develop a Student Led Genius Bar – Lessons from Successful BYOD Roll-Outs

One of the many concerns we’ve heard over the last 18 months from teachers and schools considering moving to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) roll-out has related to concerns around supporting a wider range of devices and the potential impact on the use of time in a classroom, transitioning it from teaching & learning to device troubleshooting.

What if a student brings their own device and then experiences technical difficulties?

Does the teacher then need to spent time troubleshooting with the student (because otherwise they may be unable to complete the activities being explored in the class)?

What happens if it’s a device a teacher isn’t familiar with (which is likely given the breadth of available devices)?

From working with a number of schools who have successfully implemented a BYOD strategy, one of the most innovative ways we’ve seen to deal with these concerns is the development of a student-led Genius Bar.

The Student-Led Genius Bar

© Jean-SŽbastien Zanchi

Apple Stores have Genius Bars (like the one above) which are essentially Apple’s in person Support Desks. The premise behind these Genius Bars is to enable Apple whiz’s (or as Apple calls them Genius’s) to help customers with any technical difficulties they may be having with their Apple device.

And this is a strategy that you can apply in your school to ensure a smooth BYOD roll-out – one that doesn’t end up with you as a teacher spending all of your time troubleshooting technical difficulties students are having.

How to Implement a Student-Led Genius Bar

At your school, the reality will often be that your students know more about their devices than you.

Additionally, there will generally always be students who all the other students look up to as the technology expert and ask for help.

A great way therefore to give your students more ownership of their learning experience, encouraging them to work collaboratively and to enable them to take responsibility for their devices is to create your own Genius Bar space at school and make it available for your technology savvy students to run.

For example, the Genius Bar might be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday during lunchtimes. If any students are having any technical difficulties with their devices they can bring it to the designated Genius Bar space to ask other technology savvy students for help and guidance on solving their challenges.

Students can volunteer to run the Genius Bar and they can be rotated through each of the days (and you can even get them to create and manage their own schedule/shifts – teaching them real world skills relating to work and employment!)

What might this space look like?

Here are a couple of great examples of spaces set up as Student-Led Genius Bars – hopefully it provides you with some inspiration for you own!

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genius bar