A look to the Future
As technology has grown more available to students, with iPads, Chromebooks, and hand-held devices available in classrooms for student use, it is now easier for teachers to incorporate the flipped model. Many institutions have become technology schools or bring-your-own-device (BYOD) schools, and are investing monies to provide a 1:1 ratio of computers to students. This development has led to an increase of project-based learning and challenge-based learning. Chen (2010) acknowledges that 21st century children are being raised with technology, and its use must be incorporated into modern classrooms.
Now that more teachers are flipping their classrooms, new ideas on how to best utilize that approach have arisen. More research into these pedagogies is necessary, and more data to provide evidence about which activities promote the desired outcomes: namely, that American students are engaged learners with increased performance, allowing for our future competition in the global economy, and a larger number of students entering STEM fields.
I want my capstone website to help people understand the new technologies and the flipped model and how it lends itself nicely to Inquiry and Blended learning environments to decrease the achievement gap and increase performance for all children.
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