RTOL is an emergency road map for a rapid transition to remote learning during forced school closures. In short RTOL is a step-by-step guide to maintain continuity of teaching and learning.
The RTOL program is based on the Flipped Learning 3.0 framework, a proven model for remote learning that is used in over 50 countries. RTOL was developed using the best practices collected, peer-reviewed and defined, by 100 educator-delegates from 49 countries, under the guidance of the Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences.
There are 12 essential sectors that need to be considered when transitioning to online learning:
This 12 step global road map is developed for schools, districts and educators who need a proven guide and support system to rapidly transition to remote learning.
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Why should I flip my classroom?
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HOW A FLIPPED CLASSROOM MODEL HELPS STUDENTS TRANSITION BACK TO SCHOOL SAFELY
1. Appeals to today’s students
Students today are growing up with Internet access, Facebook, YouTube, and other digital resources. In the flipped classroom model, students are able to access the main content through online videos. This gives them an opportunity to work ahead. Students who are unable to attend for any reason may access these learning materials and learn at their convenience.
2. Helps struggling students
In the traditional instructional model, students who are the brightest tend to get the most attention. These are also the ones who raise their hands the most while the majority of students listen passively. With the flipped model, teachers are able to walk around and help struggling students.
3. Caters to all abilities
The flipped model is particularly liked by special education teachers because all direct instructional materials are recorded. Students with special learning needs may watch the videos as often as they like to learn the concepts. Even students with normal learning abilities may pause and rewind the videos as they like and take down notes without missing out on important facts and concepts.
4. Puts students in control of their learning
Some students learn quickly, while others take their time. In the classroom, there are students with different learning abilities. With video learning, students are able to pause their teachers. The student can rewind, fast forward, or even re-start the video to gain a better grasp of the materials. In traditional teaching models, the instructor simply conveys his/her expertise which can be too fast for many students to grasp.
5. Enhances student-teacher interaction
Flipping enables teachers to leverage technology and this increases both the quality and quantity of student-teacher interaction. Flipping is a perfect merger between face-to-face and online instruction, leading to a blended classroom. Teachers are important mentors, guides, and even friends for students. With flipped learning, these face-to-face interactions are enhanced by technology. For instance, if students have questions about the video material or what was discussed in class, they’re encouraged to email or text the teacher.
The current global pandemic is changing how we work, travel, shop, and even learn. Parents and students alike are concerned about how they can make a safe transition back to school. Clearly, traditional teaching models, i.e. lecture/instruction followed by textbook exercises is clearly not going to work. This is where a flipped classroom can smooth the transition to school.
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