Episode 009 – Aaron Sams

Show Notes

This week Ken chats with Aaron Sams.

Aaron is a co-founder and former chair of the board of directors of The Flipped Learning Network and co-author of books on flipped learning including Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day.

Aaron Sams has been an educator since 2000. He operates the education consulting firm Sams Learning Designs, is an Instructor of Education at Saint Vincent College, and serves as an advisor to TED-Ed. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching while teaching Chemistry in Woodland Park, CO and serving as co-chair of the Colorado State Science Standards Revision Committee. Aaron has co-authored seven books on the Flipped Classroom concept. Aaron is an internationally recognized education keynote speaker and has trained thousands of teachers, administrators, and professors to integrate new technology with sound pedagogy. With experience in public, private, and home schools, in both face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments, Aaron brings a unique educational perspective to any audience. He is a lifelong learner, reader, maker, and explorer. He holds both a B.S. in Biochemistry, an M.A.Ed. from Biola University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. through Texas Tech.

Aaron and Ken discussed what Aaron is up to now as well as touching on topics of robotics in primary education, the dangers of educational technology and how algorithms have bias built into them by engineers, and the need for seeking balance in the demands of work and life in academia.

You can follow Aaron on Twitter or find more information at his website Aaronsams.com.

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Ken’s Take

Photo of a teacher working with two students with quote from Aaron during the podcast: "If I can get the teachers before they ever get to a classroom ... really impact their instructional practices before they develop bad habits."

“Ken’s Take Ask the FLN Episode 009” flickr photo by kenbauer https://flickr.com/photos/ken_bauer/40495552164 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license


Quote from Aaron during the podcast:

“If I can get the teachers before they ever get to a classroom … really impact their instructional practices before they develop bad habits.”

Original image: “05062014 ED Goes Back to School 10” flickr photo by US Department of Education shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license.

Music Credit

The music (titled Aloft) clip at the start and end of the podcast is copyright by Kelly Walsh and used with permission.

Podcast Logo Credit

The image of a microphone used in the logo for our podcast is courtesy of Eric Harvey.

Featured Image Credit

Aaron Sams.

Head shot of Aaron Sams provide by Aaron, copyright held by Aaron Sams.


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