Have you heard about flipped learning yet? A huge benefit of having a 1-2-1 iPad scheme in your school is the ability to apply flipped learning to your classroom. Accessing course content at home, as homework, is also an example of how having a 1-2-1 scheme enables students to work seamlessly and continuously.
What is it? Flipped learning refers to a style of teaching which reverses the lesson content and homework. Therefore, your lesson is delivered as homework, usually online as a presentation or video and then the students engage with the content in the classroom. For example, watching a micro lecture online learning how to solve quadratic equations at home, then working through practice questions in class to display your knowledge.
Why is it better than conventional leaning? Traditionally when a teacher delivers a lesson they cannot always gage how many students have really understood the content, until they mark their homework. This would usually be after the next lesson and marked homework may not be revisited again. If a student can learn the course content at home, they can work at their own speed, pausing, rewinding and re watching the presentation. Working through the content in class, means that the teacher can spend time ensuring that each student has grasped all of the concepts and spending more time with those that need help.
What does this mean for teachers? At first, teachers will need to become competent in using their device, we would support this with our free training sessions. Teachers will have to decide how they will deliver the content and make a series of presentations and/ or videos. This will be time consuming to start with, but once they have a library of lessons set up they can be re used and re visited. Utilising iTunes U, a huge catalogue of content is already available and loaded, allowing teachers to cherry pick and use the content that they want when making up their own courses. By creating presentations this way, they can be sent electronically to students who can subscribe to their course or they can publish for public viewing. Setting homework electronically saves lots of lugging workbooks home, only being able to mark if they are handed in, and never leaving students without workbooks.
What does it mean for the students? Learning this way, at your own pace at home is proving beneficial for many categories of learner. The feedback we have received includes; slow learners can take their time to re- watch and rewind when needed. Fast learners can move ahead and work at their own pace. No student ever has to miss a lesson, as it is always available. When students reach GCSE and exam level, all content is online and accessible for revision. Working at their own pace students are able to identify what they need to work on or any content that they may be missing. By setting the homework though an app, if the student does not understand the lesson, they can ask questions to their peers or teacher though the app. This promotes peer collaboration and support that is visable to the teacher. Being able to ask questions from home on your device, means that you can get instant feedback, you do not have to wait until the next class to ask these questions.
We are living in a digital age, many sixth forms require students to have an iPad to support continuous learning. Having access to all information at any time is enabling students to catch up, excel and work harder at home to make the most of their education.
If you are interested in introducing flipped learning in to your school, we are able to support and train throughout the process to bring the vision you have for your school to fruition.
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