Social media and online resources have become essential tools for the 21st century classroom. By engaging students through contemporary classroom resources, we not only provide them with career-readiness skills, but also with the opportunity for their voice(s) to be an invaluable part of the learning process. During last week’s #edchat, teachers and educators discussed the important role of student voice in the classroom, and how implementing educational technology can help.
One of the main topics of last week’s #edchat was the Flipped Classroom model and how to (successfully) use it in the classroom. As defined in Knewton’s infographic “The Flipped Classroom: Turning Traditional Education on it’s Head,” the basic principle of this model is that it “inverts traditional methods, delivering instruction online outside of the class and moving ‘homework’ into the classroom.” In a flipped classroom, students watch teacher lectures at home at their own pace and communicate with their students through online discussions, and go over the lectures during in-class discussions. To read more about last week’s thoughtful commentary, check out Teach.com’s #Edchat Weekly Roundup: Importance of Student Voice.
Among the hour, many teachers voiced concerns over the availability of video resources (i.e. YouTube) in the classroom. Many districts and school administrators block YouTube and similar resources from the schools internet servers as a way to block students access to certain content. Having the ability to stream online content is an essential part of 21st century curriculum, in both traditional and flipped classroom models. Instead of jumping over hoops to find ways to access Youtube in your classroom, bringing Teachertube and it’s myriad of resources is a great way to provide your students with contemporary classroom resources without worrying about administrative roadblocks.
TeacherTube was created with the following question in mind: “Why can’t teachers, students, and schools utilize the power of the read/write web for learning?” And with that, the site was created to as a way to overcome the administrative/censorship barriers in place in schools across the globe. Operating at the center of the teaching community, TeacherTube allows teachers and students to set up accounts and upload videos, lesson plans, and curriculum content to be easily-accessed both in school and at home. Unlike sites like YouTube, TeacherTube is based around resources that provide a safe and productive space for classroom collaboration between both students/teachers and teachers/teachers through resources such as our Groups, Classrooms, and Collections features.
Bringing TeacherTube and it’s various resources into your classroom will not only provide your students with access to 21st century resources, but also ensures the validity and quality of the resources your students are accessing in the Flipped Classroom model.