The Irish Times – Thursday 10th November 2016. Innovation in the Classroom
What will learning be like in 2036?
‘Pupils on a pilot project at St. Brigid’s National School in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, are using the WordsWorth Learning Programme for the flipped classroom model.
Instead of the pupils listening in class and then doing the homework, they watch video tutorials outside class and do some interactive exercises to consolidate what they have been taught. The next day, they go back to school and build on what they have learned; they also learn from each other.
‘Using this peer group learning approach means that the students become more involved’, says Orla Teehan, learning support teacher at St. Brigid’s. ‘When they come to me, they feel more confident because they have already done the work at home.’
The school also uses the programme to maintain & improve literacy standards, WordsWorth & similar programmes are likely to become commonplace, although a debate is needed on the role of for-profit service providers in the education system and whether we dance to their tune or get them to work for what we need.
Still, leading educators have advocated for this model including Pip Ferguson of DCU’s teaching enhancement unit and the late Bianca Ní Ghrógáin, a leading innovator in education. Trials with the children at St. Brigid’s learning support unit have shown that the flipped classroom model leads to marked improvements in reading accuracy, reading comprehension and spelling skills.
Welcome to the classroom of the future. This is one of numerous innovations changing how students learn’.