Happy Monday! This week’s Speak Up family and friends update focuses on Kathleen P. Fulton’s book, Time for Learning: Top 10 Reasons Why Flipping the Classroom Can Change Education, which will be released on June 6 by Corwin Press. Check out some information on the book below:
Flipping classrooms – using class time for hands-on learning and “off loading” the lecture portion of lessons as homework – is taking schools by storm. This book makes the case to educational leaders for the benefits of flipping. Backed by powerful data (including past Speak Up data) and anecdotes, topics include:
- Data on positive student outcomes in terms of achievement and motivation
- How flipping gives teachers more time to work with students one-on-one and encourage peer learning
- How flipping engages students in 21st century skills
- Ways flipping is budget and resource-friendly
Furthermore, Fulton’s book contains valuable data from Speak Up throughout the years, including:
- In 2012, 15% of teachers were interested in flipped learning, but 19% indicated they had heard of flipped learning and were not interested – showing a lack of information about how to make flipping work three years ago.
- In describing their ideal school in the 2013 Speak Up survey, 62% of students said they wish they were allowed to use their own devices at school.
- According to K-2 students in 2012, 75% said they use computers and mobile devices to play educational games on a regular basis. To see how these stats have changed, download a copy of our latest Speak Up student report.
Kathleen Fulton is a writer and education consultant specializing in teaching quality and technology. She served as Director, Reinventing Schools for the 21st Century, at the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) for ten years. Before joining NCTAF, Ms. Fulton was Project Director for the Congressional Web-based Education Commission and lead author of their report The Power of the Internet for Learning. She spent four years as Associate Director of the Center for Learning and Educational Technology at the University of Maryland, and worked for ten years as a policy analyst for the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). At OTA she was the Project Director responsible for several major education reports, including Education and Technology: Future Visions, and Teachers and Technology: Making the Connection.
Last week’s 2015 CoSN Conference in Atlanta, Georgia featured several sessions about digital learning, special programs, educational technology, and an interesting overall dialogue about K-12 education technology. One spotlight presentation, held by Kathleen Fulton, president of Fulton Creative Consulting, listed the “Top 10 Reasons Why Flipping the Classroom Can Change Education.” Check out the list below:
- Maximizes class time
- Individualizes instruction
- Creates peer learning opportunities
- Improves effectiveness
- Excites teachers
- Interests students
- Flipping benefits parents
- It uses resources effectively
- Builds 21st Century skills
- Flipped classrooms could be the future of education
During the fall of 2014, over 521,865 K-12 students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members participated in the 12th annual Speak Up online surveys facilitated by the national education nonprofit organization, Project Tomorrow© in conjunction with the Flipped Learning Network™
For the third year in a row, specific questions were asked of teachers, librarians, and building and district administrators on flipped learning and the use of videos in the classroom. Educators and administrators weighed in on professional development when learning how to flip a class. Students lent their voices on flipped learning, videos as homework, and how (and how often) they use learning and social media tools. Click here to learn more
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. For over two decades, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 10 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.