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Digital learning

By Fabienne Faur  /  AFP, WASHINGTON

“Remaining schools that refuse to adapt to new technology and cultural trends will cause splintering in some communities as the significant cost of technology integration increases socio-economic gaps,” TeachThought’s curriculum chief Terry Heick wrote in a post.

Burton stressed that children today are not like their predecessors who just sat behind desks and took in the information teachers gave them.

“They are so busy, they are playing videogames constantly, texting their friends, watching YouTube videos; they can’t sit in a classroom and we can’t expect them to just sit and listen,” she added.

“I want them to love French, to learn about the different cultures that speak French, and I think that just listening to me talk all the time doesn’t do. They need to be researching and finding out by themselves.”

Mackenzie Klotzbach, 15, said she liked the new approach.

“I liked the flipped classroom, it meant less homework most of the time. I came to class prepared, because we would talk about the video and I could just zone out because I already had it down. I think I learned it better too,” she said.

“It was tough though. Learning object pronouns through videos, I would have liked to have learned that one in class.”

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