Flipped lessons and social media evidence
What happens when the students have more control in the classroom? Flipped classrooms are being tested out around the world and we’ve featured a few examples in case you wanted to see who is flippin’ out. Until now, we didn’t have an in-depth look at the effects of a flipped classroom or answers to the big questions it raises. Thanks to Susan Murphy of Algonquin College (check out her awesome blog suzemuse.com !), we have our answers. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions about her experiences flipping her classroom.
Social media is coming of age.
Classroom time is then used for answering student questions, helping with homework, and other activities that help students apply what they’ve learned. While there are some obvious drawbacks to this method, more and more teachers are trying it out. Many have found it to be quite successful in improving student grades and comprehension, though many caution it’s not right for every teacher or every classroom. Whether you love the idea or think it’s crazy, it’s definitely worth learning more about.
They’re not just for texting. Smartphones are quickly becoming a must-have addition to many lessons and classrooms. 10 innovative schools are already encouraging their use in creative ways. Thanks to the following article from onlinecolleges.org , we have a fresh look at 10 classrooms currently using smartphones in the classroom. Cell phones have long been a serious no-no in the classroom, and many schools, stating that they are a serious distraction for students , have banned them from campuses altogether. Yet there is a growing trend that is lifting the ban on smartphones and instead asking kids to use their phones and mobile devices as learning tools. While some have responded critically to this movement, others have found that it helps students to become engaged and interested in lessons, and in some districts has even resulted in a marked increase in performance levels.
With an understandable concern about preventing cyber-bullying some schools and local authorities take the nuclear option when it comes to social networking and ban those sites wholesale. I’m tweeting to the choir here – but here are 5 reasons why social networking sites, whether they be open or closed, have a valid and important contribution to make to teaching. 1) Banning Social Networking At School Won’t Stop Cyber-Bullying If anything it will move it from an environment which you at least some control and visibility to one where you have none whatsoever. 2) Children Need to Learn How to Use Social Media Safely Just as importantly, children need to be taught how to use social media safely and securely, and they can’t do this in a vacuum.