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SMART Amp Spotlight Sessions

SMART amp™ collaborative learning software

Created with the input of teachers from around the world, SMART amp is designed for the pedagogical needs of today’s classrooms. It connects a variety of different devices to a collaborative workspace where students can work together and teachers can upload lesson material and conduct real-time assessments.

In response to the high level of interest in SMART amp, SMART Education Leaders will host a special series of SMART amp Spotlight sessions from February 18 – March 27, 2014.

Tuesdays at 10 AM & Thursdays at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time

Tuesday, March 11 10 am EST, 8 am MST, 7 am PST
Thursday, March 13 11 am EST, 9 am MST, 8 am PST
Tuesday, March 18 10 am EST, 8 am MST, 7 am PST
Thursday, March 20 11 am EST, 9 am MST, 8 am PST
Tuesday, March 25 10 am EST, 8 am MST, 7 am PST
Thursday, March 27 11 am EST, 9 am MST, 8 am PST

Contact our training department to find out more about SMART amp and other SMART Resources!

 

 

 

Flipping Your Classroom

The Flipped Learning Network is growing. Across the Untied States and around the world, teachers are adopting “reverse learning” techniques to reach more students during the school day. In order to be successful with this model, teachers must understand how to make learning resources available to their students after 3:00 pm. It’s easy to create lectures using SMART Notebook software, which allows you to record voice and computer activity and post videos for students to access from home.

SMART understands the needs of teachers using this model and can help you get more out of your flipped classroom. In case you haven’t heard of it before, the Flipped Classroom is a teaching model in which the typical lecture and homework sections of a course are reversed so that students get introduced to new concepts through videos watched at home, and come into class the next day prepared to work together on projects, practice new material through problem sets, and engage in more two-way discussions with each other and instructors during class time. In the basic workflow, teachers begin by creating short videos (15 minutes or less) with screen-casts and voice guidance. These videos are then posted online so that students can access them on their own time and at home. Having students watch lectures at home helps to develop a more student centered classroom, where class-time can be used to encourage learning through engagement and develop new concepts with related activities. SMART Notebook Software allows you to prepare all of this for your classroom.

There are plenty of opportunities to learn more about best practices with the flipped classroom. The recently launchedFlipped Learning Network, is a valuable resource/community for teachers looking to improve upon the model. Jonathon Bergmann and Aaron Sams have also written a guide to flipped learning, called Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day. Here is a video of Aaron Sams explaining his experience with the Flipped Classroom.  You can also invest to improve your lessons with the help of PPI SMART Trainings. Learn how to use technology to flip your classroom and have your questions answered by our SMART Trainers. Email us today and mention the promotional code WB13 to set up a training in your school or in our dedicated training room.