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Technology in the Classroom…and Out

It’s surprisingly difficult to find credible information when it comes to technology in the classroom.

So much of the information regarding technology has to do with its application in a business environment or an enterprise environment.  We can easily find mountains of information with a simple Google search.

This is an interactive map we found on Click on the picture to pull up the interactive map!

When it comes to technology in the classroom, the information is all over the place.  That’s because school districts across the country are experimenting with different uses of technologies to ensure a higher learning standard for students and a more efficient medium for information dissemination for teachers.  Nothing is conclusive because the experimental stage is not yet finished.  We have an excerpt from ViewSonic about one of those technology experiments in the classroom.

ViewSonic has a great blog regarding the much talked about “Flipped Classroom”.

From interactive whiteboards, to HD projectors, to PCs and tablets, technology in the classroom is nothing new. But an innovative method of teaching that brings technology out of the classroom and into the home is gaining ground in many schools across the country. This new teaching model is called the “Flipped Classroom” and it utilizes quick, online teacher-created videos that students typically watch after school, at home. If students don’t have a computer or an online connection at home, they can access lessons at public libraries or stay after school to watch the online lessons. Traditional “homework” is then worked on with the teacher the next day in the classroom.

By delivering instruction online and out of class, and bringing homework into the classroom, this “flipped” methodology benefits students and teachers in a number of ways.

By watching lectures at home, students can go at their own pace, take notes, and write down any questions they may have from the lecture. Students can even rewind lectures to memorize and master certain lessons. In the classroom, teachers now have more time to spend helping students 1 on 1. As a result of this 1 on 1 interaction, teachers can revisit concepts that students may not have understood at home, teachers can answer each student’s questions individually, and student frustration is minimized.

In addition, extra class time is also used to do labs or interactive activities that help to further illustrate the lessons. In short, a creative and collaborative learning environment is fostered within the classroom where teacher-student relationships are much stronger when compared to those of traditional teaching methods. Ultimately, schools that have adopted a “Flipped Classroom” methodology report higher test scores and decreased behavior problems amongst their students.

What do you think about the “Flipped Classroom” methodology? Let us know here on the blog.

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