INTRODUCING SCHOOLONAIR FOR SCHOOLS
One of the greatest nightmares of a School Proprietor or Principal is the news that a good teacher has just resigned! Good teachers are hard to come by, and even harder to keep! Yet, without the good teacher, a school is as good as dead!
Our research on causes of persistent failure among students led us to embark on the Schoolonair Television Project in 2013. Based on the positive reception it received among the students and popular request, we are delighted to introduce the packaged Videos as a tool to leverage the learning process in schools.
Schoolonair Video is a solution that will support the good teacher, and strengthen the weak ones. The Videos are designed to provide an “extra” to the School learning process by giving students a refreshing alternative source of knowledge, whilst putting the teachers on their toes with the realisation that the student has access to another “Teacher”.
Using Schoolonair video either as a tool in Flipped Learning (where the students are asked to watch the lesson before class) or in Flipping a class (where the video is watched as part of the lesson), offers immense advantage in improving understanding and retention.
The US National Teacher Training Institute reveals that “Teachers who use instructional video in their classes report that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning. With video as one component in a thoughtful lesson plan, students often make new connections between curriculum topics, and discover links between these topics and the world outside the classroom.” The report further states “By exploiting the medium's power to deliver lasting images, teachers can:
• reach children with a variety of learning styles, especially visual learners, and students with a variety of information acquisition styles
• engage students in problem-solving and investigative activities
• begin to dismantle social stereotypes
• help students practice media literacy and critical viewing skills
• provide a common experience for students to discuss
The videos can be used in a variety of ways. Suggestions include:
- Flipping a lesson; students can watch before or during a lesson
- Cover up for absenteeism or outright lack of a teacher
- Personalise feedback; differences in comprehension can be better spotted
- Precede discussions
- Occupying students during free periods
- Repeating lessons for other arms of a class or grade
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