Episode 019 – Talking Definition of Flipped With Aaron Sams

Show Notes

This week Matthew Moore talks with Aaron Sams from the FlipTech East Coast 2018 conference.

Aaron is the well known co-author of books covering flipped learning and its impact on nearly every traditional education discipline, but these days he is focused on training educators at the university level.  In June of 2018 Aaron was the keynote speaker at FlipTech East Coast 2018 where he discussed and dissected some of the many definitions of flipped learning. I had the opportunity to talk with Aaron about his keynote, the “best” definition of flipped learning, and the priority of good practice over perfect definitions. Listen in on the thoughts of an educator who benefits from longest perspective in flipped learning.

The conference was held on June 29 and 30 at Collingswood High School in New Jersey. We are in the planning stages for future FlipTech conferences, feel free to contact us if you would like to participate in bringing a FlipTech conference to your city or country.

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Matt’s Take

I have had numerous opportunities to interact with Aaron over the past few years, and he is so very approachable that I forget the critical role he played in the development and popularizing of flipped learning.  His keynote at FlipTechEC 2018, and specifically the conversation recorded for this podcast, reminded me that the definition of flipped learning is very much a matter of perspective.  A student in a flipped classroom will have a definition and perspective from their experience.  An educator with a strong support network will have their perspective.  The education professors and writers may have yet another perspective.  In the end, perspectives can vary as widely as the specifics of how flipped learning is employed in a given classroom and what remains most important in flipped learning is a professional educator intentionally and thoughtfully utilizing it as a tool for student success.

Your Turn

I would also like to remind everyone that anyone contributing to the community that is the Flipped Learning Network actually *is* part of the Flipped Learning Network. We are a community and grow together by pooling our resources. See how you can contribute to this community through contributing blog posts, joining us on this podcast as well as participating in our Slack community.

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

Photo is All Rights Reserved by Aaron Sams, used with permission.

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