Average high school students get a boost through AVID, a college-readiness system that focuses on helping students gain confidence about taking advanced classes and preparing for college.
What happens when you bring classrooms into living rooms – and homework into classrooms? In a “flipped” classroom, teachers reverse the traditional teaching process, sending students home with video classroom lectures online, on thumb drives, on DVD – wherever students can get them. The students watch these lectures at home, then come to class prepared to practice what they learned with their teacher.
Educators from across Alabama recently spent 2 full days at Trussville High School learning new ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. The annual Alabama Educational Technology Conference provided teachers and administrators with in-depth, hands-on workshops, such as how to use web 2.0 tools for foreign language classes and ways to integrate iPads into lesson plans. And technology advocates say these tools will enable students to succeed in a 21st century work force.
Most teachers run their classrooms in a traditional way: lecture in class and then give homework for practice and reinforcement. But some Georgia teachers are turning things around and using technology to “flip” the classroom.
Educators from around Alabama traveled to the rural Piedmont school district last week to see firsthand, how it is empowering its students with 21st century skills. Through an initatiave called MPower Piedmont, students in grades 4 through 12 are given their own laptop to use in class and take home.
Alabama high-schoolers may soon be leaving their textbooks behind. A proposed bill in the legislature, called the Alabama Ahead Act, would give students in grades 9 through 12 their own electronic tablet.