CiTi Awarded Technology Grant to Flip Secondary Math Classrooms

MEXICO – The Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation was recently awarded nearly $150,000 from the New York State Learning Technology Grant Program to facilitate flipped learning instruction in secondary math classrooms.

The competitive grant will provide about $50,000 per year over the next three years for CiTi to provide professional development, model concepts with teachers and purchase some technology equipment.

Participants also will attend a field trip in the fall to see flipped classrooms in Western New York and complete book studies on the subject of flipped learning.

This model provides 24/7 access to educational material which includes video material students may consistently view until they master concepts.

A flipped classroom ensures students are pre-loaded with content so they have more in-class time to apply that content.

Instructors may utilize various technology applications to create video lessons for students to review at their convenience.

A kickoff celebration was held in June with Dr. Jerry Overmyer, then director of the Flipped Learning Academy at the University of Northern Colorado.

Peri Nelson-Sukert, CiTi Technology Resource Coordinator/Model Schools Coordinator, said staff members from participating school districts including: Fulton City, Central Square Central and Oswego City will join the Oswego Community Christian School in obtaining tools and assistance needed to successfully implement a model of flipped learning in their classrooms.

A handful of math teachers, a librarian and special education teacher will learn how to flip their classrooms with use of the Schoology learning management system during a summer boot camp.

Ongoing support will be provided by Nelson-Sukert and Suzanne Fox, CiTi math staff development specialist.

Each of the 16 participating school personnel will be asked to flip a unit in the fall and in the spring, as a means to gradually immerse into the flipped learning environment.

The overall goal, Nelson-Sukert said, is higher academic achievement.