Why teach this way?

mobile_devices_3Explore this page to find more about

  • Evidence behind 1-to-1 learning
  • The Flipped Classroom
  • Types of Technology

 

Evidence behind 1-to-1 learning:

In Our class, as you know, we have implemented a 1:1 program with each student having a personal device to enhance opportunities for learning “the devices help schools engage the digital generation by nurturing individual (or 1-to-1) learning experiences.” (1-to-1 Learning, n.d.)

This program is a part of an “international move towards individualising learning, which can increase independence and self-initiated learning in students” (1-to-1 Learning, n.d.)

To successfully implement this program we, the school and the home, must have a shared vision and culture. While there is no one-size-fits all here, to get the true and proven benefits from the program we must work together to create “seamless movement between school, work, home and play.” (1-to-1 Learning, n.d.)

Ultimately, our goal is to prepare your child as best we can to be a 21st century learner, equipped with the skills to adapt to the ever changing technology in our world. “Ubiquitous, 24/7 access to computers makes it possible for students to access a wider array of resources to support their learning, to communicate with peers and their teachers, to become fluent in their use of technology tools of the 21st century workplace.” (Kopochinski, L. 2014.)

The Flipped Classroom 

What is it?

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-2-42-49-pmA flipped classroom is the reverse of a traditional classroom. Historically we have seen and experienced a teacher delivering information from the front of the room and the students practicing that information and what it means in context, on their own time. In a flipped classroom those two main tasks are swapped. Students are provided with the information to experience (most commonly through watching a video) independently and time in class is spent exploring what that information looks like and practicing how to apply that knowledge. This promotes engagement in Active Learning “where there is a greater focus on students’ application of conceptual knowledge rather than factual recall.” (Brame, n.d.) Active learning can essentially be defined as “students doing things and thinking about what they are doing” (Bonwell and Eison, 1991)

 

Why use a flipped classroom?

This method is proven to improve students’ retention and overarching comprehension. “There is growing research that the flipped classroom can lead to improved educational outcomes, especially with the focus on active learning with peers.” (Brame n.d.)

So what does this mean for home? And how can we be a part of this learning journey?

Both the 1:1 program and the flipped classroom requires students to have responsibility in managing their device. The device must be charged, programs and apps installed and keep up to date to ensure your student has a fully functioning educational tool. As a teacher I require your assistance in developing your child’s responsibilities and routines in order to keep them accountable, this can be a challenging aspect of this learning approach “but just as important as it to have paper, a pen, a PE uniform or safety goggles, having a functioning device is key to being ‘ready to learn’.” (McCusker, 2014)

As we build up the structure of this program within the classroom, it’s important that it transfers and spills over to all aspects of your child’s life, including home life. “1:1 programs can extend formal learning communities to include parents, siblings and others people important in students’ lives.” (1-to-1 Learning, n.d.)

Initially I will model and scaffold ways the students can work through the provided information and content in the classroom setting. When you child is ready, they will begin to start making choices around where and when they access this information. They may find that they wish to do this predominantly at home, or perhaps at school – we will encourage your child to explore and develop this personal learning space .

 

Types of technology
Within this resource I will explain and explore the application of different software on two different devices, the ipad and the laptop. Click here to learn more about these two devices and that they can offer your child’s education.

 

References:

1-to-1 Learning. (ND) http://education.qld.gov.au/smartclassrooms/working-digitally/1-to-1-learning.html

Bonwell, C. C., & Eison, J. A. (1991). Active learning: Creating excitement in the classroom. Retrieved from https://www.ydae.purdue.edu/lct/HBCU/documents/Active_Learning_Creating_Excitement_in_the_Classroom.pdf

Brame, C.J (n.d.) Center for Teaching. Retrieved from http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/teaching-activities/flipping-the-classroom/

Kopochinski, L (2014) Make room for Makers: Movement engages students, energises learning. The Journal of Digital learning and Teaching Victoria, 1(2). Retrieved from: https://dltv.vic.edu.au/sites/default/files/journal/pdfs/dltv_journal_1_2_0.pdf

McCusker, S. (2014). 5 Demands Placed on Students in a 1:1 Classroom. Retrieved from: http://edtechteacher.org/5-demands-placed-on-students-in-a-11-from-shawn-mccusker/  

 

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