A Flipped Scenario:
When Corlita left Seguin Elementary school, in her backpack she had something that was worth more than everything she had in her home, including the clothes on her back–an Apple iPad 3. Her teacher had put it in her hands, shown her how she could access the teacher videos on tomorrow’s lessons. Corlita couldn’t wait to get home, a corner of the Children’s Shelter set aside for children to do their homework. After dinner, she planned to snuggle up and watch the videos. As a 5th grader without access to television, watching her teacher talk would be just wonderful.
After dinner, though, her Mom showed up to pick her up.
“Sweetie,” she started, the moisture of tears damp upon her cheeks, “we’re going home to Grandma’s!”
“What about my homework, Mamí?”
“No te preocupes, amor. We’ll move Tuesday through Friday, and you get a vacation! We can drop your books off to Ms. Englehart at the door and she can walk them over to your old school tomorrow morning!”
- lectures can be seen at home, while homework activities are done in class
- more face to face time is spent by teachers with students applying knowledge
- students can login to some online learning system to watch videos and chat with each other.
- more student interaction in the classroom
As a parent of two children who have access to technology, I’m not sure I’m prepare to have them come up to be “introduced” to hard-hitting, advanced placement content absent a teacher. Even though we’ve seen students moving online to access content, everyone knows the interaction is where learning happens. But absent a teacher, how is interaction in some online learning system enabling grade 3-12 students to learn?
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