This presentation, “MentorMob and its Role in the Flipped Classroom” was created and developed by Jodie Choate, Cynthia Logan and Leslie Turner is a result of a webquest.
In 2007, a couple of high school chemistry teachers developed an unique idea for re-teaching lessons to students who were absent from the original lesson. Not unlike many teachers, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams simply did not have the time to provide the absent students with the same lessons provided to the other students. Their solution? They recorded and annotated the lessons and then posted them to the web for the absent students to view. The idea was readily accepted by the absent students, but even the students who were not absentees liked the online lessons. Bergmann’s and Sam’s new classroom approach soon became known as the “flipped” classroom, a classroom in which focus is on the student, not the teacher.
Students liked the “flipped” classroom approach because they could learn at their own pace. They were no longer were forced to learn at the same speed as the other students. They could spend as much or as little time on a concept as they needed to learn the lesson. They were not restricted to learning everything in the classroom or from a book. With the ability to learn at any location and at any time, students could learn information when they were prepared to receive it. Reinforcing the reception was the ability to watch and listen to the assignment, over and over if necessary, until the lesson was completely learned. Classroom time was freed up to interact with other students, sometimes collaborating on projects that reinforced the lessons learned from the online lessons. Students were able to help other students with lessons as well. Most importantly, the teacher was free to work one-on-one with the students, coaching them, mentoring them and encouraging them.
Bergmann and Sams realized a surprising benefit for themselves, as well. Using the online lessons changed their role in the classroom from that of a presenter and lecturer to that of a learning coach. Freed from delivering lectures and course content, they suddenly had to work individually with students, reinforcing the concepts contained in the online lessons and in helping with assignments.
Online lesson development does not rely on a single information source. In fact, the best lessons are derived from various sources. How this information is synthesized can be critical to the success of the online lesson. Fortunately, today’s students and teachers have a vast array of software, much of it free, to research and fuse the information into a notable lesson.
Before selecting the tools and technology to utilize, though, it is important to understand what the teachers want to accomplish with the tools. Organization of the material becomes a priority. It goes without being said that poorly organized information becomes detrimental to a students ability to understand the lesson. Once created, teachers want the ability to share the lessons with other teachers as well as to borrow lessons from other teachers. Teachers want the ability to collaborate with others to develop lessons. In addition, they want a system that will allow them the ability to rate online lessons so they can know which are the best and which are the worst. They don’t have time to view every online lesson available but want to review only the best.
Thankfully, many software companies are striving to meet the demands of today’s teachers. One that has emerged as a frontrunner for merging technology tools in order to create online lessons is MentorMob. MentorMob is a free software tool that allows teachers to create, edit and organize information from many websites and software tools into a single playlist that can be shared online with students and other teachers.
This presentation will demonstrate how, by incorporating a variety of visual tools, MentorMob can support student success by creating visual content to be used in the “flipped” classroom.
Not a fly-by-night theory, the “flipped” classroom method has documented success stories. For example, one math teacher at Byron High School in Minnesota reported that in 2006, while still using the traditional model, math mastery among students was 29.9%. After five years of implementing the flipped classroom method, math mastery had been raised to 73.8%. This method had improved his students’ success by nearly 250% !
At Clintondale High School, teachers also implemented the “flipped” classroom method with great success. Before the flip, more than 50% of freshmen students failed English, and 44% of freshmen failed math. Notice the improvement after the flip, only 19% of freshmen failed English and 13% failed math. It is also important to note the reduction of discipline cases after the flip, from 736 to 249 cases in one semester (Knewton, 2011).
Mentormob facilitates these successes by allowing teachers to organize the information they want to present to their students in a “learning playlist” that students are able to view whenever they need to. The ability to incorporate videos, articles, blogs, websites, powerpoints, google docs and exams within each playlist gives the teacher the freedom to customize each lesson as needed.
The layout of mentormob makes using this tool easy for students to navigate and understand. The "learning playlists' icons are visually similar to those students use while listening to music with ipods, or CD players. The simple function makes it helpful for students to process one step at a time, with a visual to show them what step they are on and how many are left. Students are taken directly to the sites and videos teachers want them to see, in the order they intended.
Easy to use and with a no-cost option, MentorMob is a perfect tool for teachers wanting to “flip”. The playlists take students directly to the sites and videos teachers want them to see, in the order they intended. Mentormob allows teachers to communicate material to students in an organized way, while allowing the student to learn content at their own pace. By giving the student this information before they come to class, the teacher and student can communicate and work together in a more meaningful way during class time.
Mentormob can be used to utilize the flipped classroom in all grade levels independently or in the classroom.
There are many playlists already created for teachers and they are easy to find.
There are many playlists for math this link takes you to a math lesson on how to multiply and divide fractions. There are also many playlists for language arts on mentor mob. This one is a lesson on reading comprehension for non-fiction text.
There are also lessons for the flipped classroom in Spanish. This one is a tutorial on the Spanish alphabet.
Lessons for health can also be found in mentormob, like this one on the weevil.
You can also create your own playlist in Mentormob for your classroom, and you can share them with other educators. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to create a playlist.
To create a Mentormob playlist, go to www.mentormob.com and click on "Sign Up" located in the top right corner of the page.
Enter all of the requested information on the "Sign up for MentorMob" form. When you are done, click the "Sign Up" button.
Next, log into the email account your designated on the "Sign Up" page. MentorMob will send an email to that account. You will need to click on the link within the email message to confirm your MentorMob registration. As soon as you do that, you will be taken to the MentorMob home page. You are ready to begin creating your very first playlist!
There are several steps involved in creating a MentorMob playlist. The first step is to name your playlist. Second, describe your playlist. Because playlists can be shared with others, you want your description to be accurate and meaningful. This will allows others to know immediately if they are interested in viewing or borrowing your playlist. Third, select the Type that best describes your playlist. For the purpose of this demonstration, "Academic" best describes the playlist we are creating. The fourth step is to select categories that best fit the playlist. By clicking on the dropdown arrow, you will see many categories listed. Click on as many categories as you feel are appropriate for the playlist. For this demonstration, I am selecting "For Teachers". The fifth step is to create tags that best fit the playlist. I am going add "Education Technology". You can create and add as many tags as you like. Keep in mind, the tags will help other people select your playlist from the thousands that are available on MentorMob, so make sure the tags fit your playlist. The sixth step is to choose who can view your playlist. If you select "Public", anyone can view it, but if you select "Unlisted", only people you send the playlist link to will be able to see it. Step 7 is to decide who can edit the playlist. If you select "Public", anyone who views the playlist can make changes to it, as well. If you select "Private", only you will be able to modify it. The eighth and final step is to click the "Save & Add Content" button.
After saving your playlist information, MentorMob will search to see if there are other playlists that might be similar to the one you are creating and will display links to the playlists it finds. After viewing these playlists, you may decide to use one of them rather than create your own. You may even like elements of them that you can incorporate into your own playlist. When you are ready to create your own playlist, click the pink "Continue" button at the bottom of the page.
To begin adding content to your playlist, click the green circle in the middle of the web page. As you are building your playlist, you will repeat this step whenever you want to add another component to the playlist.
There are four types of content you can add to your playlist. You can add web page links to your playlist, upload files like PowerPoints, text files, spreadsheets, videos, etc. to your playlist. You can write your own article, notes or lectures to the playlist. Finally, you can add a quiz to test student's knowledge of the playlist contents. For this demo, we are going to add all four types of content to the playlist, starting with pasting a link.
I have entered the link for the google docs slide presentation you are viewing right now! Click the pink "Next" button after the web link has been entered.
Click the pink "Save" button.
We now have a single step playlist. If we clicked on the step indicated by the red arrow, we would be taken into the slide presentation you are viewing right now. After today's presentation is over, you will be able to access the MentorMob playlist from anywhere and watch the slide presentation when you have time, just as a student in a flipped classroom can view course content when they have time.
Right now, though, we are going to add to the playlist we have begun. Let's upload a file to the playlist.
For this playlist, I am going to upload the proposal outline submitted for this presentation. I will enter the path and filename for the document into the box indicated by the red arrow. If you need to, click the "Browse" button to search for the file on your PC. Then, click the pink "Next" button.
This screen provides two boxes. In the first box, you must enter a title for the upload. Enter a title of your choice. It doesn't have to match the filename you are uploading. In the second box, enter a description for the upload. When you are done, click the pink "Save" button.
Now, we are going to add another step to our playlist. We can add lecture note to the playlist by clicking "Write Article".
In the first box, enter the title of your lecture or article. In the second box, enter an accurate description of the lecture. In the third box, enter the lecture. The box works just like any typical word processing software with buttons for bolding, italics, bulleted list, etc. and displays icons that should be familiar to most people. When you are finished entering the lecture notes, click the pink "Save" button.
Now, we are ready to add the 4th step to the playlist. Click on "Add Pop Quiz".
In the first box, enter the quiz title. The second box is used to describe the quiz. To add questions to the quiz, click on "+ Add Question". Finally, click the pink "Save" button.
Two new boxes will appear on the page. The first box allows you to enter the test question. The second box contains two buttons that allow you to indicate if the question is a multiple choice question or if it is a true/false question. When you have completed the two boxes, click the "Proceed" button.
For this demonstration, the question will be a multiple choice question. MentorMob provides boxes to enter up to four possible answers for the multiple choice question. Enter possible answers and click the "Correct" radio button to indicate the actual answer. Finally, click the pink "Done" button.
If you want to add more questions to the test, click the "+ Add question" again. When you have added all the questions you want to the test, click the pink "Save" button.
Now, we have four steps in the playlist. If you want to rearrange the order of the steps, just click the three gray bars to the left of the step you want to move and drag the step to rearrange the order of the step. If you decide to add additional steps, just click the "+" sign at the position you want to add a step. When you are finished editing the playlist, click the pink "Done Editing" button.
MentorMob and Its Role in the Flipped Classroom By Jodie Choate Cynthia Logan Leslie Turner
My ultimate goal, I guess, as a teacher, is to helpstudents become learners who can learn forthemselves and by themselves.Aaron Samshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H4RkudFzlc
What is the flipped classroom?• A unique teaching model developed in 2007 by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams• Initially intended to be online lessons developed for absent students unable to attend class• The teaching model was readily accepted by the absent students and even those that were not absent• http://educationnext.org/the-flipped-classroom
What are the benefits of a flipped classroom for students?• Students can learn asynchronously• Students can learn from any location and time• Students receive instruction when they are ready to receive it• Increased interaction with other students• Increased interaction with teachershttp://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/how-the-flipped- classroom-is-radically-transforming-learning-536.php
What are the benefits of a flipped classroom for teachers?• Role has changed from presenter of content to learning coach• More time to interact one-on-one with each student• More time to reinforce concepts contained in the online lessons• http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/how-the-flipped- classroom-is-radically-transforming-learning-536.php
What tools are needed to make the flipped classroom work?
What do teachers want to do with this technology?• Organize Internet content• Share lessons• Collaborate on lesson development• Develop a method to distinguish good articles or videos from bad• Reach an unlimited number of students and teachers
Introducing MentorMobMentorMob is a free software tool that allowsteachers to create, edit and organizeinformation from many websites and softwaretools into a single playlist that can be sharedonline with students and other teachers.
Why watch this presentation?This presentation will demonstrate how, byincorporating a variety of visual tools,MentorMob can support student success bycreating visual content to be used in the“flipped” classroom.http://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/flipped-classroom-concept/infographic-the-flipped-classroom
Math Success at Byron High School Before After(SkillsTutor, 2009)
Data of Success for Clintondale High Schoolsource: www.knewton.com
In all Major subject areas:* Mathhttp://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/multiplying-and-dividing-fractions-1-of-5/convert-decimals-into-percents-and-vice-versa-2* Language arts/Readinghttp://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/nonfiction-reading-comprehension-for-kids/use-the-news-edgeeks
All major subject areas continued*Social Studieshttp://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/us-geography-states-for-third-grade/50statescom-states-and-capitals*Sciencehttp://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/weather-science-projects-for-kids/weather-101-youtube
And other areas as well:*Foreign Languagehttp://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/spanish-for-dummies-2/spanish-for-beginners-tutorial-1-spanish-alphabet
SummaryImproving education techniques with the goalof improving student success is somethingteachers strive for on a daily basis.MentorMob is a perfect facilitator fordelivering course content in the "flipped"classroom environment.