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March 15, 2014

Methuen teachers to learn to engage students more

METHUEN — The old model of teaching has come and gone with the times. Teachers can no longer stand in front of a classroom and lecture all day to get their students engaged in the lesson.

Methuen educators will be participating in a professional development event from Discovery Education today to learn how to immerse their students more into their studies.

Attendees will connect with like-minded educators from the region and learn techniques for leveraging digital content and educational technologies to enhance instruction.

Sessions will focus on topics including the use of digital content to meet Common Core State Standards, flipping the classroom and digital storytelling.

Flipped classrooms have become more popular with educators. A flipped classroom is a form of blended learning in which students learn new educational content online by watching video lectures, using different types of educational tools. Also, teachers offer more one on one personal time with students.

“We no longer think just standing up in front of a classroom spewing out information is an effective way to teach,” Regional Account Manager at Discovery Education Max Brooks said. “Flipped classrooms use all different medias to get the students involved in the material they are learning. We encourage teachers to use videos, online news articles and social media to teach along with traditional methods as well.”

Brooks said the teachers going to this event specifically asked to learn more about flipped classrooms.

“We like to cater to their needs,” he said.

Brooks said teachers should also encourage students to be hands on with their learning.

Teachers will learn about Board Builder which is an interactive tool which enables students to create and curate content, gather evidence, form arguments and support their claims. They will also learn how to infuse mobile devices like iPads into their classrooms.

“Students can access this anywhere so if they are in the classroom or at their grandma’s house, they always can be connected to what they are learning,” Brooks said.

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