The advent of new technologies in our digital age has radically changed the world as we know it. Aside from letting us have dog ears on Snapchat and marvel at the wonders of an immersive gaming experience with VR, all these new gadgets and systems have been making us adapt to the now fast-paced world. With this demand for a new leg of human evolution to take place, pioneers of education institutes have risen to the occasion.
The Student of the 21st Century
Teachers have begun implementing the “The Flipped Classroom” setup. The concept is all lecture materials are accessed at home, before the class proper. This leaves students and teachers time to really discuss lessons and engage in the unfamiliar ideas analytically.
In the spirit of flipping traditional methods, teachers also take on the role of facilitators. Instead of leading the discussions, they hand students the responsibility of arriving at lessons on their own. This is similar to the Socratic method of teaching, which has been proven to develop critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving techniques.
The flipped classroom successfully integrates technology into teaching. Students are encouraged to google in class while the lecture is ongoing. Moreover, they are also encouraged to share their insights on the topic. The professor utilizes cloud technology for note-taking and as a space for further discussion. Hence, the most common tool is Google Docs, which lets you live-edit a document on an online platform. This pools the entire class’ information and inquiries, extending learning outside of the walls of the classroom. This way, learning has become collaborative, active, and much more motivational.
The Teacher of the 21st Century
Aside from influencing the learning experience of students, the Flipped Classroom has also been training professors to become more engaged with their material and their class. They now have to compete with cat videos and hilarious memes, since the generation they’re handling has developed shorter attention spans. This has forced teachers to see that their lesson modules should rival the entertainment of the digital age. Teachers have learned to take into consideration the several nuances of teaching, namely visual aids, data representation, the context of examples, pace and conciseness.
Among others, technical facilities must be noted as well. For example, video with a garbled sound is useless and ineffective. The advocates of the flipped classroom set up, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, do emphasize that it’s not merely about the video itself. It’s also about the integration of the content into the learning activity. You don’t just have them view the video – you must eagerly guide your students to take the concepts to heart.
The idea of the flipped classroom is pretty simple, yet immensely profound. It’s a fairly new ideation, so not everyone has been open arms to welcome it. At its core, it prioritizes students above everything else. Educational institutions must take the challenge of adjusting their methods and facilities to create students who can keep up with the exponential speed that information and knowledge are taking. As a matter of fact, more than fifty new occupations have been created to adapt to the digital age in the past merely five years.
Curriculums must face the test of time and relevance. After all, when the world is taken over by the waves of information and technology, anyone who doesn’t know how to swim will simply sink to the bottom and stay there.