Monday, January 16, 2012

Changing the educational paradigm: flipping the classroom

I've been reporting on educational trends before (see under 'global issues' in my blog post overview). There's an obvious reason for this: if we want to tackle the many challenges of the future we need to educate our kids in such a way that they can find creative solutions to it (obviously, my generation will need to do our part as well ;-).

The world has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, but in many countries the educational system hasn't -at least not it the part of Europe where I come from. Of course, my kids have internet access in the classroom, and they even have a digital board (!wow). The the paradigm remains the same: the teacher teaches (mostly hard facts) and the students, well, they study.

The must be a better way. 'Flipping the classroom' is an interesting thought: why not learn at home, and practice what you learn at school? It certainly stimulates interaction, collaboration, autonomous learning and other skills that will prove handy to make it in the 'real world'?

What do you think?

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