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Check out These Fun Facts and Tips about Using Tablets in the Classroom

Check out These Fun Facts and Tips about Using Tablets in the Classroom

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What happens to kids who fall behind in the classroom? Many times they get discouraged, lose attention and get bored. And when that happens…they’re less likely to keep up, creating a detrimental cycle. So how do students who fall behind get caught up? Teachers have a new tool in their arsenal: the tablet.

Here’s how the tablet can help teachers: It allows them to flip their classroom. What is flipping a classroom? It’s when a teacher takes a lecture and offers it as homework on a tablet, giving students the opportunity to spend more (or less) time with it, depending on their own needs. Then once in the classroom they can ask more questions about it, or move on to the next piece of the educational puzzle.

So what’s involved in flipping a classroom and how does it benefit students and teachers? This graphic can help explain more.

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Tablets in the Classroom

I love the concept of a flipped classroom. For some students it is difficult to focus on a lecture with distractions in the classroom, such as movement and talking from peers. Students can even be distracted by the desire to talk to their friends. With a flipped classroom approach, students can listen at home, possibly with head phones, in an environment with less distractions. They can pause and rewind if needed. This leaves more time in class for hands-on learning, such as projects to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts taught, and activities to practice what they learned. Students also have more time for collaboration with peers and help from the teacher. A flipped classroom approach would have really helped me in school.

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https://www.sophia.org/flipped-classroom-survey
http://www.learndash.com/interesting-flipped-classroom-statistics/
http://www.edudemic.com/ipad-tips-classroom/
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Rachel Wise is the founder and CEO of educationandbehavior.com. She is also a nationally certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist with a master’s degree in education. Rachel has 20 years of experience working with individuals with academic and behavioral needs.

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