Interview: Washington Community High School flips the learning process

By WEEK Producer

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Some teachers at Washington Community High School are using technology to "flip" the learning process.

The new "flipped" classrooms allow students to watch lectures, do homework and communicate with classmates with the click of a button.

Students use a program called IXL to watch traditional teacher lectures on the computer at home. Then those students return to class the next day, using class time to do traditional "homework."

Doing the assignments in class gives students the chance to work in groups and ask questions.

"With his videos that he has we can always be learning, because we can watch those videos at home, we can do the IXL at home, we can practice on our own time,” said Washington Freshman Cameron Behm.

"You can pause the videos, so you can interpret what he is saying and you can replay what he is saying, but if he is at the front of the classroom and he is speaking really fast, it might be harder to interpret what he is saying,” said Washington Freshman Madison Keller. “It's different, but I think it is easier and more efficient."

Two people very familiar with this "flipped classroom" initiative are joined News 25’s Ashley McNamee on Live at Five on Tuesday.

Amber Heffner is the technology director and Dan Ballard is a math teacher at Washington Community High School. They explained where the idea came from and how it is working.

Click on the video to view their interview.

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