The days of using a chalkboard and a piece of paper and pencil are over, at least for one local school that is bolstering student learning and understand by using 21st century technology in its classrooms.
Basic blackboard instruction is being replaced by clickers, GradeCams, flipped classrooms, cell phones, Smartboards and ChromeBooks at Edison High School. Principal Matt Morrison said students are way ahead of most adults when it comes to technology. “It motivates them, they learn more, they retain more when they’re using technology,” Morrison said.
Several teachers in the school use clickers, Smartboards and GradeCams. “The real-time cooperation is the best thing I get out of it. We use GoogleDocs and the students can be working on a draft of a paper and I can just pop into their draft and open a little chat window and talk to them about what they’re writing about,” said 12th grade English teacher Jamie Evans.
Another concept is the “flipped classroom.” Teachers use this method to record their lessons so students are able to view the videos online at home or in their free time.
Morrison said data clearly shows that students are retaining more information and he feels they are way ahead of the game in this area when it comes to 21st century learning skills.