We recently came across a very interesting article in The Economist called Flipping the Classroom featuring The Khan Academy.
The economist article was very interesting and it is an article we strongly encourage you to read. The underlying premise in the article is that by enabling the students to receive their lessons outside of the typical classroom learning process in a more self paced environment with the aide of targeted technology, the teacher is now able to devote more efforts to what exactly each student needs in the form of specific guidance more along the lines of tutoring rather than having to devote classroom time to a more traditional lecturing process.
As the economist article points out, the early results are extremely encouraging both in terms of student achievement and also in terms of student engagement. It was also very interesting to read about how the introduction of this new technology and new programming helped the teacher in terms of being able to monitor exactly where each of her students was in their own education.
For those of you not familiar with the The Khan Academy, it is a non-profit education company with a very lofty goal. In their own words:
The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.
As Why Science is a Technology Based STEM Education Company with a number of computer based products in our pipeline, we have been paying attention to what companies like the Khan Academy are achieving and more importantly how this new breed of technology forward education entities are really influencing the classroom.
Needless to say, we are very excited about introducing and reinforcing STEM in all our students, but we are also very excited to see some really nice STEM advancements being introduced into the way we teach as well.
Feel free to share your thoughts below on how you see technology possibly influencing the classroom.
Photo Credit: The Economist