The Board of Education in the Japanese city of Saga will adopt a new learning style called “flip teaching” to public elementary and junior high schools, where tablet computers will be provided for students to prepare for their classes, as well as bring their classrooms straight into their homes through videos saved on the mobile devices.
An experimental class was held at the Takeuchi Elementary School on November 21 and Mayor Keisuke Hiwatashi remarked that, “the role of public education is to make sure that no child is left behind.” He also noted after observing the class, “I could see that the flip teaching method helps children teach and learn from each other.” With flip teaching, more time for “advanced studying” will be spent interacting with fellow students, rather than just teachers spending a lot of time on lectures, as this will address the lack of skills in applying practical knowledge by Japanese students which recent international and national achievement tests have shown.
Flip teaching will address the issue of limited school hours so that more time for class discussions will be available. Also, students will have already been prepared to take on more advanced solutions in school, since flip teaching will address basic information prior to going to class. Associate professor from Tohoku Gakuin University said that flip teaching allows students to learn at their own pace. Flip teaching will be initially launched for one-fifth of science and math classes in elementary schools first, and Mayor Hiwatashi hopes that more cities will soon adopt the same learning style soon.
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