Is school enough?


Blog reflection of my 20% project–Febuary 14

The title for my project so far is :”The advantages and disadvantages of flip learning in science classes.”  
I first want to list a series of questions and concerns that I have about flip learning and see through research if these questions are adressed… This will help put perameters in my research and maybe address the concerns others might also have on this topic.

Questions such as:

1. What are the immediate and long term benefits  of flip learning?

2. What this type of teaching more or less time consuming,for both the students and the teacher?Are text books completely eliminated? How is class time used?

3. Since the lecture is not interactive, and traditionally lectures are always modified according to the students needs, how are these questions and needs carefully addressed?How are their concerns clarified?

4. How are special needs children supported?

5. Is there an age limitation to using this method? Too much flexibility, or responsibility.

6. Are the resources available to all teachers and students? Are the skills carefully presented to the teachers so that no disadvantages arise from the traditional method?

7. Is it going to be part of a bigger problem, that one institution is going to to “own” is all, allowing less flexibility teachers.

8. Does it allow for more a passive then interactive and active learning? How does the student teach how watch the video content for comprehension?

9. At what point does flip learning become destructive in science? Since science is always seen as an interactive discipline regarding observations, data analysis, and lab work.


These are quotes from teachers who used this method of teaching:

One criticized:

“It’s not the flipped classroom specifically,” Bogost, a game designer and professor in the School of Literature, Media and Communication, said. “It’s kind of the evolving anxiety involved with … the operation and ownership of institutions.There is reason to believe that continued investment in even the local, non-scaled, modest version of flipped classrooms will at the end of the day benefit these MOOC-like solutions because they will provide evidence and fodder and materials in general,” he said.

Others enjoyed the idea,
Shelly Wright described in her blog to her superintendent:
At the end, he looked at me and said, “So the videos — did you make your own, or use ones that someone else had made?” My immediate thought was, “you don’t get it.” I was candid: “If you think it’s only about the videos, then you have a really shallow definition of what this could be. The real power is when students take responsibility for their own learning.”


Personal Reflection

In grade school and high school, we were lucky if we had computer class once a week. We learned everything through textbooks, library books, documentaries,overhead projectors, and power point. Smartphones were non-existant and flip phones were the norm. The only games I played on my phone and graphing calculator were tetris and snake. But things have change–drastically. I was a little late in the game getting a smart phone, joining Twitter or even Facebook but I have quickly adapted and now I almost feel uncomfortable not having my phone with me. I think technology is a great tool for learning and is almost a necessity. Necessary tools include things like blackboard or ELC.It allows for easy access, between the teacher, student, parents and even school administrators. It allows everyone to move as one common unit and be on the same “page”.

Seeing how fast things have evolved, can we keep up with technology and have the sufficient funds to do so? I think that technology is great and can be such a great asset to any classroom but the constant adjustment can be costly. I think a sufficient base is necessary for any school but we have be reminded that it still remains a tool to learn with technology. And the approach of using it is really the most important. 

Meaningful Learning Through Technology

 Using technology was originally used as a passive , repetitive way of teaching but recent, new updates have allowed for learning and technology to be interactive and extremely beneficial for schools. In order for learning to be meaningful; understanding and articulation need to be introduced. Understanding and articulation can be achieved when learning is active, constructive, intentional and collaborative .  As a new concept is introduced, effective learning requires representing what is needed to know in multiple ways. Many of these new types of technology have allowed for the student to be an active participant in the learning process. If the student is learning how to read using technology for example, the student reads the sentences and as a particular word is misunderstood or unknown to the student, the word can be read electronically and  then the word can be repeated by the student. The same idea is used with writing. This idea represents meaningful learning since many different dimensions of knowledge is introduced.

Other means of technology that have been used to introduce creativity and collaboration include taking pictures, and requiring students to share, and then explain  them. In any grades , it can be used to illustrate an idea .  By creating projects and illustrating them through technology, it  forces the students  go beyond the passive learning, and retain the necessary information… When used for the right purposes , having individual phones, tables, and computers might not be seen as so passive and repetitive after all.


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