Schools pick video books to drop bag weight
MUMBAI: Every evening after school hours, students of RN Podar School, Santacruz, are glued to their computer screens at home, watching videos. An array of emotions – a smile, a guffaw, and brows knit in puzzlement – play on their faces as the video progresses and textbooks lay forgotten at study tables.
What has them hooked is not a Bollywood potboiler, but ‘video books’ of their teachers explaining concepts such as congruent triangles, convex and concave lens and chemical reactions, using animated diagrams, whacky one-liners and even breaking into songs.
But it’s not just fun as questions from the teachers popup at regular intervals to test whether the students are paying attention. A wrong answer and the video automatically rewinds back to that concept.
This is one of the several other ‘flipped learning’ concepts — lectures delivered through video books that must be viewed by students before and after school — used by schools across the country to lighten students’ school bags. The classroom is largely meant only for assignments and hands-on learning, and students are not required to carry textbooks to school.
A pilot study by RN Podar found that a division of Class 6 students taught through the ‘flipped learning’ method, had 11.6% better recall of concepts, 9.5% more analytical understanding and 5.3% better application, with 64% more students scoring more than 80% as compared to their counterparts from other divisions who were taught using traditional methods.
Schools are setting up fullfledged studios equipped with green screens and teleprompters on their premises, where the teachers face the camera to deliver 10-15-minute-long lectures, which are scripted to the last detail.
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