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Education & Technology News: October 2015

Published on 30/10/15

The rise of the flipped classroom.

Flipped learning is a teaching approach where students learn new content online by watching lectures, reviewing presentations or conducting research, usually at home. Homework is instead done during class time, with teachers offering personalised guidance and interaction with students instead of lecturing.

A survey carried out by Education Technology Magazine found teachers believe integrating mobile technology in schools is an important part of preparing students for the future, a belief held even by staff who are less confident in the use of mobile technology or less certain of its benefits.

"The biggest success if the teacher does create a video is the opportunity it creates for a higher, deeper level of questioning and differentiation – it’s a far more valuable use of classroom time."

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What’s next for classroom technology?

Previously, improving classroom technology has been a sticking point for school finance teams. The previous rising cost of new kit, and the investment required to maintain it, could have prevented schools from updating.However, with the introduction of lamp-free projectors and touchscreen desks, technology will not only last longer, but be more intuitive.

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Whose responsibility is e-safety?

According to research, 8 out of 10 parents say teachers are responsible for education about online safety.

The research, conducted by AVG Technologies, found parents are ‘over-reliant’ on schools when it comes to internet safety lessons.

The study, which questioned over 2,000 parents from the UK, revealed that over 84% believe teachers are most responsible for educating children about online risks, yet even more 89% do not speak with their child’s teacher about their internet usage, away from home. As a result, this disconnect has led to the majority of parents simply assuming their child has not encountered any dangers online at school.

Earlier this year, Ofsted published its 2015 Online Safety in Schools Survey, revealing that schools also need to do more to encourage communication between teachers and parents – with only 9% of primary schools and 10% of secondary schools involving parents in the creation of current online safety policies.

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