‘Flipped’ classrooms take advantage of technology

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Fascinating article I found on Twitter today about the next wave of education in classrooms:

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‘Flipped’ classrooms offer students virtual learning

www.usatoday.com

A growing number of teachers digitally record lessons, then upload them to iTunes and assign them as homework.

POTOMAC, Md. – Step into Stacey Roshan’s Advanced Placement calculus class some morning and two things become apparent: The students don’t seem stressed-out, as AP students often do. And the teacher is barely teaching.

  • Bullis School junior Tony Scott, 16, watches a digitally recorded Advanced Placement calculus lesson on an iPad via the Camtasia app Tuesday.By Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

    Bullis School junior Tony Scott, 16, watches a digitally recorded Advanced Placement calculus lesson on an iPad via the Camtasia app Tuesday.

By Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

Bullis School junior Tony Scott, 16, watches a digitally recorded Advanced Placement calculus lesson on an iPad via the Camtasia app Tuesday.

Sitting in pairs, students poke at their iPads waiting for class to begin. But in place of a long-winded lecture there’s Roshan, a petite brunette with a broad smile, moving through the room, urging students to take out their homework.

In a word, Roshan has “flipped” her class… continue reading here

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How cool is that?
Kumon uses a more traditional pencil and paper approach, but if you come into a Kumon class, you won’t see a lot of teaching either. Like the digital AP lesson on the iPad, Kumon has very detailed examples and explanations when students are learning new materials in the advanced levels, so that children may learn on their own.
Will there be a KumonPad in the future? We saw a prototype at the last Kumon Instructors’ Conference in July, held in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but there is no timeline or definitive plan for implementation at this time.

 

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