EdTech is pushing the boundaries of what teachers can do to accelerate learning. Choosing new tools to evolve your lessons and better engage students can be mindboggling—the possibilities seem endless. Today in part 2 of this new 4-part blog series, we’ll be looking at another digital teaching tip for creating dynamic lessons.
We’ll also highlight Wacom tablets, a remote-ready tool that lets teachers incorporate interactivity into their lessons using popular educational software they may already be using.
Tip #2: Flip your classroom
The Covid-19 pandemic compelled educators to re-think teaching without the security of the traditional classroom model. As virtual classes became a must, many schools have considered a flipped classroom model that will continue beyond the pandemic.
A flipped classroom is a concept that takes the traditional teaching method of lectures in class and homework at home and flips them. Teachers instead create videos or teach virtual lessons for students to view at home, and class time is dedicated to working on assignments together.
This method is useful for many subjects, but teachers have found great success with flipping STEM classes because the teachers can assist students with more difficult assignments.
Stacey Roshan, a math teacher at Bullis School in Potamac, Maryland, says that flipped classrooms “leverage technology to empower student voice, ease anxiety, and create compassionate classrooms.”
Wacom is an excellent tool for online teaching. Whether teachers draw out formulas, use a digital whiteboard, or write feedback to students, teachers will find many versatile ways to engage their students virtually. Check out these tips from Wacom.
Rule 1: Start Small.
If you’re new to flipped classrooms, start small. Adapt one unit that you already know well and have supplemental materials available. Next year you can always go further.
Rule 2: Authenticity matters.
Making mistakes is OK. Avoid rerecording until your video is perfect. It’s helpful for students to see teachers making a mistake and moving on—it means they can be free to experiment and learn.
Rule 3: 1-minute per grade level. Stick to this rule when creating videos to prioritize your teaching efforts because attention spans are short.
Watch how easy it is to teach a flipped classroom with Wacom from a fellow teacher!
Stacey Roshan uses Wacom to create video lessons for her flipped classroom. During the video lessons, Stacey’s students use Wacom Intuos pen tablets connected to their laptops. This is an easy and inexpensive way to incorporate digital pens for students.
New to remote learning and interested in knowing more? Check out Stacey Roshan’s webinar!
Want more digital teaching tips?
Tune in to VAR Connections next Wednesday for part 3 of EdTech Highlight: Creating a Modern Classroom with Wacom. You can also catch part 1 of this series that explores engaging students with storytelling.
We’d love to hear from you! Have you considered a flipped classroom model? Share with us in the comments below.