In Part One, Flipping the Classroom – Is it Really All About Technology?, I promised to return in Part Two to discuss the actual technologies that can be used to flip the classroom. This technology is, in a word: video. The capture of lectures via video, the dynamic management of video assets, and the ability to share, store, and retrieve lectures are all critical components of any strategy to create a flipped learning environment.
As you’ll recall, Part One covered one of the best and most innovative high school teachers I know, Steve Hammack, a science teacher at Los Gatos High School. He fully flipped his classroom this year, and his students continue to perform well above-average both on standardized tests and in semester grades.
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There’s a different kind of college freshman on university campuses these days. According to EdWeek’s report on The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2011 survey, today’s freshman bears more of the cost of his or her own education than did past first-year college students, and, as a high school senior, today’s freshman paid more attention to his or her studies than those who came before.
So what does this mean for colleges?
For one, today’s students’ higher academic engagement could translate into demand for more innovative, challenging courses. But with the survey showing more students taking out large student loans as their parents’ unemployment rates remain stagnant, universities cannot raise tuition price tags to hire more faculty to develop new classes. President Obama said as much in his January 24 State of the Union address, mandating that schools use tools like “better technology” to improve their course offerings without raising costs. Read More »
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West Texas A&M University was recently named in the U.S. News and World Report Top 20 for both Technology and Student Services, while WTAMU CIO James Webb was recently named to ComputerWorld’s 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders list. This program will honor the top 100 IT and business leaders that have shown exceptional leadership and innovation in IT strategy and planning at a conference to be held in Phoenix, AZ in March 2012.
WTAMU has deployed multiple Cisco Enterprise Video technologies, including digital signage, physical security and media experience engine.
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Cisco recently hosted two customer roundtable discussions on the topic of “interactive video and how is being used in teaching and learning” for K-12 and higher education. There has been much interest in the benefits of using video in teaching and learning, and as schools, colleges and universities are adopting it more broadly to expand curriculum options, we are seeing a positive impact on student outcomes. K12 moderator, Alan November, discusses how the “flipped classroom” model is improving student test scores and the role of video technology as a key enabler.
It’s well worth your time to listen to these very interesting discussions and best practices sharing with our panelists:
- K-12 Schools: Dr. Susan Holliday, Education Technology Director, Capistrano Unified School District, and Matt Grose, Deer River Public Schools, hosted by Alan November, November Learning
- Higher Education: Link Alexander, Vice Chancellor Technology Services, Lone Star College System, and James Web, CIO, West Texas A& M University, hosted by John Halpin, Center for Digital Education
- Cisco Director of Engineering, Chris Barwick, discusses Cisco Lecture Vision and state-of-the-art technologies available from Cisco to capture, transform and share class lectures
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Two classes of New Jersey middle school students recently enjoyed a unique opportunity for exchange with their peers. From neighboring towns, the eighth graders live worlds away from each other demographically—one town is largely affluent and white, while the other is mostly low income with a predominately black and Hispanic population. Each class studied John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, and they visited each other’s schools to discuss perceptions of the novel.
As reported in The New York Times, the students at both middle schools found the interaction with their counterparts eye-opening and rewarding, both in terms of literary analysis and cultural understanding. The ability to see the text—and life—from a different perspective fostered a rich educational experience.
With telepresence and other collaborative technologies, students are able to mimic the exchange in which the New Jersey youth participated, except they could share ideas with and experience the cultures of peers not only across town boundaries, but also across state lines and country borders. Telepresence enables a real-time, high-definition connection that allows for a quality of conversation comparable to in-person interaction, creating a unified classroom across geographies. The telepresence set-up establishes an environment that feels inclusive and intimate—the students would feel as though they had traveled to each other’s schools. They could see the detail in each other’s settings, in clothes, hairstyles, facial expressions, and other aesthetics that make up parts of a culture. Read More »
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