Doing homework in class and class work at home
A recent article on Keoland.com offered a way to switch the usual classroom dynamic so that homework is done in class and the class work is done at home.
The article, Vodcasting: Education of the Future, reports on how vodcasting—a video podcastused for the online delivery of video on sdemand video clip content—is switching up the traditional sequence in the classroom.
Three physics teachers, Barb Newitt, husband Brad Newitt, and Jeff Brendt teamed up to create learning vodcasts over the summer.
“It’s really a three part process,” Barb Newitt said. “We set up a lesson ahead of time, record it, then edit to make the video.”
“If we’re going through new information, we’re talking about a lecture for 50 minutes,” Brad Newitt explained. “At the end, kids are writing furiously, not keeping up, and if they miss something, it’s gone. It’s done.”
The three teachers report that vodcasting makes it a lot easier to keep up. The video is posted online, where kids can access it outside of school. They can then utilize their time with the teacher.
Newitt added, “Things kids need the most help with is practice time. Doing homework, applying in labs. They don’t need to be in a classroom with me for me to help them with new information.”
Perhaps the most interesting part of this experiment is the switching of the traditional classroom sequence. Usually, students would listen to a lecture and then do homework to reinforce the lesson.
With a vidcast, the students absorb the lecture at home—stopping, rewinding and fast forwarding a necessary—and do their homework in class.
This switch places the learners in charge of their own learning, makes classroom time interactive, and points the spotlight away from the teacher and shines it directly on the learners.
Not a bad idea!