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Technology turns teaching upside down

North Colonie students watching lectures at home, doing work in class

— “It’s been great,” said Paige Rossi, a fourth-grade teacher at Latham Ridge Elementary School. “In my classroom I had my last test on fractions. All but one student had an 85 or above. I think a lot of that has to do with Flipped Learning and learning at home.”

Rossi has been teaching for 12 years and said she has noticed a drastic change in this past year after adopting Flipped Learning. She said some of her students have made videos as well, allowing students to explain lessons in their own words to their classmates.

“It has helped tremendously. The way I think sometimes is not the same way my students are,” Rossi said.

Several teachers said Flipped Learning has allowed for better communication among teachers and students, since there is more time for hands-on activities.

Teachers were trained in use of the system over the summer. They make videos using SMART Notebook software. Cimorelli said he would like to expand the program and added it might even be a money-saver, as it could be the basis for online courses in summer school or senior electives.

Flipped Learning might not work in every instance, Cimorelli said, and he referred to it as “blended learning.” He said traditional class is still necessary and is aware that there will be teachers who are not on board with the new technology.

For the teachers who have been trained with Flipped Learning, however, they said they understand its importance and how kids are changing.

“These are the lives they are living right now. They are very technology-based. We want to go with that, instead of against it,” said Jen Scism, a sixth-grade teacher at Blue Creek Elementary School.

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eliza527 1 year, 6 months ago

I have been listening to my son a 9th grader at CHS say he wishes that there was a better way to this. He does great on tests but when he gets to the homework cant remember what he learned, staying after school doesn't help because there is no one on one help. All he got was more and more frustrated with the whole school year. I have been in contact with the school psychologist thinking he had a learning disability, she says nothings wrong. Guidance just wants to scare you into colleges looking at your transcripts. I took him to counseling and he is so depressed at this point that he might fail, math, English, science and art(now a required class). So i got no help from the school and this is only 9th grade he still has 3 more years in this school. I think if my son went to north Colonie schools this year he would have probably hit the high honor roll or at least the honor roll like he used to in middle school. I don't know where the answers are if something doesn't change the way some teachers teach because they have a fear of change, I think my son and others will have problems learning enough. (These are not the bad kids that don't care because there are enough of those.) THESE ARE THE GOOD KIDS WHO DO CARE BUT ARE GETTING LOST IN OUR SCHOOLS BECAUSE NO ONE HAS THE TIME TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT. North Colonie schools has taken a opportunity to flip things up maybe all should follow. We all learn a different way why should schools only teach 1 way. Give every child that wants and knows they can do it a fighting chance to prove it.

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