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and had it in class. Cumming knew he was on to something. Cumming produced more podcasts which were used primarily for review and as supplements to classs lectures. At this point, Cumming heard about the notion of a “flipped classroom” in which the podcasts beecome the main vehicle for introducing and presenting course content. Chemistry instructors Dr. Edward Turrk and Dr. Neena Goel currently collaborate with Cum mming in planning the flipped chemistry classroom ms. The premise of the flipped classroom is that the students become responsible for their leaarning and the teacher becomes the coach. Instead d of delivering lectures or demonstrations, the studentts watch and listen to short podcasts and take notees, just as they would in a traditional lecture exceept with the ability to stop the lecturer (podcast) at any time and replay important points as many timess as needed. Class time is then used fo or active problem solving, Danny Botek ’21 using a computer software individual or small group disscussions and lab work. program to design and build a robot made from LEGOS® Cumming notes, “We work k with every student during every class and we have made significantly greater the classrooms. The teachers have extensively progress than in the passt. We have also completed, researched learning websites and direct the students to with better understandiing, twice as many labs as in websites that feature activities in line with the subject the past.” matter covered in class. Additionally, some of these Another benefitt is that students do not miss any sites allow the teachers to handpick learning modules material if they arre absent from class. They simply to assign to the students. The students are able to go online and view the podcast. Additionally, the complete these at their own pace and the teachers are chemistry instrructors are able to track each student’s able to track which students have completed which activity on Moodle. The site statistics allow them to see modules and their grasp of the subject matter through when and what each student has viewed so they can their performance on related activities. The NetBooks ensure thaat students are completing their assignments. are also used as a tool for assessing and The Lower School teachers have been teaching writing skills. Through a program utilizin ng technology as well to augment the bedrrocks of their pedagogy: inquiry, explo- Class time is then called WPP Online, students write to a specific prompt. The program then evaluates ratiion, discovery, problem-solving and used for active the writing and individualizes a course of engineering. Examples of their use of technology include taking the students on problem solving, study to meet the specific needs of the students, pinpointing areas in which “virtual field trips” to the White House, the individual or teachers can provide extra help. Lincoln Memorial and the moon and using The fifth- and sixth- grade students are websites and programs to engage students small group using technology daily as there are one-onin the lesson at hand. As part of their discussions and one laptops in each classroom. Students astronomy unit, students in Mrs. Desia use them to access websites for enrichment Joseph’s class “traveled” to the Paranal lab work. activities as well as research, to create Observatory in Chile. They were able to Powerpoint and video presentations, and experience the ride up the mountainous to access specific online tutorials determined by the road, view the Atacama Desert and the Pacific Ocean, teachers to augment classroom lessons. Fifth-grade “meet” three scientists and explore the sky and workstudents will use probeware, a program that allows ings of the eight large telescopes located on top of the teachers and students to attach microscopes, 8,600 foot mountain. temperature sensors and motion sensors through The third and fourth graders at the Lower School USB ports to see graphs and to make digital photos. are provided with NetBooks which are used daily in

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Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012  

Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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