Technological advances have enabled new models of learning, that rival the traditional model. They provide flexible, inclusive approaches and techniques, to cater for a wider range of learners. In order to exploit these advances, students prepare to learn using the techniques and models that the technology produces. In doing so, they must make use of all available sources globally in order to be competitive. One such source is the advantage of learning from experts from all over the world through online sources. The flipped model lends itself perfectly to this.
Here’s how it works
Homework will be to watch lessons online. This could range from previously prepared lectures from their teacher, to viewing an online video delivered by an expert on the other side of the world. Our interactive online learning system Acellus, quizzes the student to ascertain understanding and reinforce what has been taught.
Classroom time is spent engaging and supporting students in the concept that was viewed the night before. Questions are asked by our teachers to ensure student understanding of the concept. Questions can be in the form of surveys, tasks, games, projects, or collaborative team-work. These “questions” are designed for teacher assessment of each student every few minutes before proceeding to the next concept.
Watching learning material online in one’s own time, allows for multiple viewings to solidify the lesson. Students can now learn at their own pace and if necessary, prepare questions for the teacher. This is especially beneficial for students with special needs. Homework load is reduced, leaving time for family and extra curricular activities, which are essential for balanced well being. Instead of class time being used by the teacher lecturing and students taking copious notes, it now consists of meaningful collaborations through Project-Based Learning, Service-Based Learning and Game-Based Learning. As highly interactive styles of learning, these engage students and allow for an exchange of ideas and a safe environment in which to experiment, fail and try again.
Teachers are able to spend more time actively interacting with students to ascertain their comprehension of concepts. They can then provide instant feedback to lock in understanding. Understanding builds confidence, which generates engaged, focused and involved students that are eager to learn; they ‘get it’ and they are able contribute!
The flipped model clears out time in the school day to make room for the enhanced curriculum . It eliminates the wasted time spent on classroom behavior management and keeps everyone in the game on a day to day basis. Teachers can see who is and isn’t keeping up daily and act on it instantly, rather than waiting until the end of the school year for standard test results. Students do not get left behind!