Iron Mountain school teachers were the ones receiving a lecture Wednesday. They learned about 'flipping the classroom' with online lectures for their students.
Tech integrate specialist Kristin Daniels explains this type of learning gives teachers more time working with students.
??The students are able to access the content at their own time and at their own pace,?? says Daniels. ??Then when they do have that face-to-face time, the learning is more personalized because the teacher can address any questions they have about the content.??
Kristin says most teachers spend an entire class lecturing 15 minutes of content, often repeating information and addressing questions.
Music teacher Ed Williams is excited to get with the rhythm of the new technology.
??It's going to be great for us when we teach fingerings, posture, positions, to be able to put that on video,?? explains Williams. ??When a child is practicing, and they??re maybe forgetting how to have a certain fingering or a certain note, they're going to be able to reference what we already recorded for them.??
Ed isn??t they only one amped up for the new method of learning. The number of teachers using the website in the past year has skyrocketed. The flipped classroom network had 800 members last year and has grown this year to 8,000 registered users.
High school teacher Renee Yake is doing the math and so far likes the results.
??The videos are going to be short, with maybe a couple of examples, and they will have the opportunity to pause and rewind and look at it again,?? says Yake. ??I like that opportunity for them.??
Making the videos won't be easy, and teachers like Renee will have to do their homework if they decide this formula of teaching is a good fit for their classroom.
??I think of it as short-term pain for long-term gain,?? Yake says.