It seems that the technology space has been evolving overnight. First, there were smartboards, then students could bring their smartphones to class, and now, the entire classroom experience as we know it is being reversed.
It’s called the “flipped classroom,” and it consists of teachers using the latest technology to record video lectures, which students can then view at home and come ready and prepared to discuss the next day in class.
In a modern day sort of way, this makes a lot of sense. Yes, there are solid risks associated with entrusting students to view the material once they go home, but if all went as planned, students would find themselves slouching at their desks less and engaged more.
The only thing is that standard textbooks and reading material have not so secretly been fading away from today’s high-tech curricula. So much so, in fact, that a recent survey of 2,400 middle school students and teachers conducted by the Pew (News - Alert) Internet and American Life Project revealed that only 12 percent of all surveyed students said they’d be “very likely” to turn to any kind of printed book for school purposes.
All of the latest and greatest classic literature – The Great Gatsby, Macbeth and Beowulf – are books that will continue to be read, yet their integrity must be preserved. In light of this, Providence eLearning, a creator of premium online learning content and digital textbooks for K-12, offers interactive material that imitates the experience of the classroom while simultaneously enhancing the learning experience.
These iBooks are available for the iPad and provide what the company describes as “a truly multi-sensory experience that makes the story come to life with narration and video lectures by top scholars, interactive glossaries and dictionaries for reference, and quizzes to encourage classroom discussion.”
By bringing a fresh, exciting concept to our favorite school classics, eLearning is essentially building a new standard for the education industry.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman