Technology And Learner Centered Environments

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Teachers are no longer taking the traditional “I do, We do, You do” approach to learning in education. Instead, teachers are being encouraged to construct a “You do, We do, I do” approach with the infusion of technology and learner centered environments in order to meet the needs of all learners needs to drive instruction. One model that has gained attention is the flipped learning classroom. Flipped learning environments were developed by two rural Colorado chemistry teachers, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, because students were missing the end-of-day classes to travel to other schools for events. Bergmann and Sams began recording their lectures, demonstrations and presentations and posting them to a form of YouTube for students to…show more content…
Flipped classrooms foster an increase in student engagement and collaboration while gaining 21st century learning skills.

Student Engagement
While there is no step-by-step model of flipped learning, one of the main goals of this learning approach is to increase levels of engagement. Getting students authentically engaged in their education is an important component to increasing student success (Unruh, Peters & Willis 2016). One component of authentic engagement can be defined as a student’s perseverance or persistence in the face of adversity according to Schletchy (2005). In a recent study of a flipped classroom vs. a traditional classroom in Texas, the teacher reported students were “100% engaged in their assignments which normally does not happen in a traditional classroom setting”. The teacher reported students asking more questions and being eager to build upon concepts taught the night before. Students were taking ownership of their learning. At home, students are able to “chunk” their learning which results in more effective and efficient task completion (Brown, Jacobsen & Mazur 2015). Students are able to view lessons at their own leisure and break content into small chunks when necessary. Student engagement not only increases at home but in the classroom as well. The students were highly engaged because they pushed through difficult concepts knowing they would not be left alone to figure them out; teacher support
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