What if we could change learning in the classroom to better suit students’ needs and accommodate individual learning styles? That’s exactly what Denton Independent School District in Texas is doing through flipped learning and collaborative video technology.
In his recent blog, Barry Fox describes what the future of education looks like at Denton ISD, and the potential for other school districts throughout the country to adopt a similar model. Through flipped learning, students experience a rich virtual classroom experience, with video-based material made available to students from any location through multiple devices, bringing learning beyond the classroom. This provides the flexibility desired by students, enabling them to easily connect with teachers, re-watch content and learn at their own pace.
Have you heard about Flipped learning? It is transforming the world of education.
At the Denton Independent School district in Texas we wholeheartedly embrace technology education. Why? Because we understand the correlation between technology and student success. With over 26,000 students to serve, Denton ISD looked to “flipped learning” as a solution that would benefit students at all levels. With flipped learning, student’s take-in content before connecting with the teacher in the classroom. Often times, this takes the form of video based material recorded by the teacher and made available to students from any device or location outside of the classroom. In this way, students spend time with their instructors applying learned knowledge instead of acquiring content.
Recently Cisco commissioned a study with The Economist Intelligence Unit to survey 862 business leaders on their sentiments about the value of in-person meetings and the impact on more than 30 business processes including initial meetings, project kick-offs and contract renewals. Business leaders were virtually unanimous in agreeing that in-person communication is more effective, powerful and conducive to success; with 75 percent stating it is absolutely critical to the health of their organization. (For those of you who prefer infographics, here is one with the results).
However, our desire for closer, more synchronous communication is being challenged by globalization, distance, and increased pressure to reduce costs or “do more with less.” Telepresence is the most effective way to bridge the in-person gap, and as OJ Winge mentioned in a recent speech, it is helping to drive innovation and positive social change in all industries and businesses of all sizes.
But an interesting debate remains, while the majority of business leaders agree in-person is the most impactful communication, 60 percent of communications are not real-time. So what gives? Read More »
In 1982, Roland Swenson, a band manager in Austin, splurged $75 of his band’s budget to travel to New York City to attend a music conference. Knowing that his band wasn’t happy about the expenditure, he hustled to make sure the trip paid off. On the first day he successfully tracked down a booking agent and secured a $200 gig.
As Swenson told Texas Music Matters, he figured if this model worked in the Big Apple, it would work in Austin, so in 1987, he co-founded the SXSW Music Festival, which in its inaugural year hosted 172 acts and more than 700 attendees. For Austin bands, Swenson and his co-founders had created the most efficient way to connect with music fans, agents and distributors — ever. That is, until the arrival of the Internet.