September 27th, 2011

Об инновационных методах преподавания

Нас часто убеждают, что не стоит изобретать велосипед или колесо, что все новое - это хорошо забытое старое. Наверное, в большей части случаев это так и есть, но не всегда. И тот, кто не принимает "избитых истин" на веру, часто оказывается вознагражденным за своей скепсис и сомнения.

Позволю себе целиком скопировать сюда недавнюю статью из "The Economist". В ней рассказывается о г-не Хане и о его новом подходе к организации занятий в школах, реализованых в виде Интернет-портала KhanAcademy, который авторы статьи не постеснялись назвать революционным. Впрочем, судите сами:

Flipping the classroom
Hopes that the internet can improve teaching may at last be bearing fruit


THE 12-year-olds filing into Courtney Cadwell’s classroom at Egan

Junior High in Los Altos, a leafy suburb of Silicon Valley, each take a

white MacBook from a trolley, log on to a website called KhanAcademy.org
and begin doing maths exercises. They will not get a lecture from Ms
Cadwell, because they have already viewed, at home, various lectures as
video clips on KhanAcademy (given by Salman Khan, its founder). And Ms
Cadwell, logged in as a “coach”, can see exactly who has watched which.
This means that class time is now free for something else: one-on-one
instruction by Ms Cadwell, or what used to be known as tutoring.
So Ms Cadwell, in her own web browser, pulls up a dashboard where
KhanAcademy’s software presents, through the internet, the data the
children are producing at that instant. She can view information for the
entire class or any individual pupil. Just then she sees two fields,
representing modules, turning from green to red, one for Andrea, the
other for Asia. Ms Cadwell sees that Andrea is struggling with
exponents, Asia with fractions. “Instead of having to guess where my
students have gaps, I can see it, at that moment, and I walk over to
that one student,” says Ms Cadwell, as she arrives at Asia’s chair.

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