We screencasted the entire webinar so anyone could watch it. Here it is!
It's one of the coolest things I've done. Karl and I started it with nothing, and within an hour, we had argued (in different colour text, obviously) back and forth and clarified our thinking and come to something that I think is the most clear and well-composed definition I've seen. It's about 90% there, and still needs some work, but you'll hear more from Andrew and me about that soon.
It also came out of the debrief we had after the webinar and a conversation that started on Twitter the day after the webinar, and included Kate Baker, as well as the others mentioned above.
Working with the people I've been blessed enough to meet through Twitter and the Flipped community is making me a better teacher, and giving me SO many great ideas and projects that it's just staggering. I want to publicly thank everyone I've mentioned so far, for making me a more reflective teacher and helping me bring my ideas to life. I also credit you guys for most of those ideas because they wouldn't exist without the collaboration we've shared.
More than anyone else though, I want to thank Andrew for the role he's played in my life the past few weeks. It is an intense privilege to have him as a collaborative partner, and I have learned so much from him, both professionally and personally. I can't say thank you to him enough, really. None of this would be possible without you, homie.
Something else Andrew and I have been working on all week is the video Jon Bergmann asked us to make describing our collaborative video process. We shot the original footage on Monday. On Wednesday, after spending about 15 hours editing, not to mention the original 3 hour shoot, we decided it wasn't good enough and started over...even though it was VERY late in North Carolina. That footage can't even compare to the original. It's so much better, probably because we did what we do best: make an explicit plan, then ignore that plan and just talk to each other candidly.
Then, with a TON of help from Crystal and Karl, we edited it into two videos:
1. The basics of what we're doing:
2. The applications and pedagogical underpinnings of what we're doing:
I'm looking forward to the next series Andrew and I have planned: writing an analytical essay. We will also start making some flipped reading videos as we start to plan our year of curriculum.
So that was my week.
Spending it with the Cheesebucket Posse makes it pretty much the best week ever.
And if I haven't convinced you that you need to be on Twitter, go back and read every entry tagged with Andrew Thomasson. Then tell me why you want to miss out on potentially creating this kind of awesome collaborative partnership.
If Twitter scares you, let me know WHY and Andrew and I will make a video that addresses those concerns. Seriously.
ETA: here's what Jon Bergmann thought of the video. He was the one who asked us to make it, so it's totally relevant.
I don't know if I can handle how awesome that is.