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Breaking classroom norms: Students use technology to learn at their own pace
Blended, flipped classrooms popular with some students

Traditional classrooms are a thing of the past for some.

In blended learning classrooms students learn with digital or online media and have voice in the pace of their instruction.

Interactive online learning is used in blended classes as well as a combination of projects and traditional tests in order to show they have learned the material. Students are encouraged to pick their own method to show what they have learned. Blended learning stresses broadening pupils’ minds beyond a simple worksheet.

“Even though it is a little more challenging, I think it is interesting to see how technology can be used to learn more things,” said Macy Passmore, a junior at West Hall High School. “It has definitely helped me gain confidence in doing things on my own and learn how to become a more independent student.”

Flipped classrooms take that one step further, pushing students to do their learning at home and then in class they can get help or do an activity based on what they learned at home.

“A flipped classroom is where you completely invert the traditional learning style,” said Amanda Yi, a science teacher at East Hall High School. When asked what expectations she has of her students, Yi replied, “they have to do their homework. They have to fill out a weekly journal that talks about what they did each day and reflects on how they mastered content.”

Students have taken quickly to flipped classes.

“Everyone learns at their own pace and there is no pressure,” said Jason Flores, a student at East Hall, about the benefits of being in a flipped classroom.

Whether it be with blended learning or a flipped classroom, learning structures are evolving in the Hall County school system. Students are learning like never before.

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