Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Melbourne is on the pathway to the Flipped Classroom - a pedagogical model that inverts traditional teaching by delivering instruction online outside of class while moving problem solving (traditionally given as homework) into the classroom. And one of the starting points for the ICT department was to ensure the technology was there to support the vision, putting the students at the front of the classroom.
One of the keys to supporting a flipped classroom model really well as that students have access to good collaboration technology inside and outside the classroom and teachers have easy ways to record materials for students to watch. (Karl Fisch, of Shift Happens fame, uses the flipped classroom model – you can read more about it here)
The college were already using Live@edu for their student email, and an IP-based phone system, but they were starting to look also at Google Apps as another platform for learning. But when they got into deeper discussions with Generation-e (a Microsoft Gold Certified partner), they were very pleased with the solution that they were given, that included moving to the latest Microsoft software to fully support their new teaching and learning model – using Office 365 for education, Lync 2013, Windows 8 and SkyDrive Pro.
The Generation-e team summarises the impact for the college in their case study:
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College was very pleased with the end result. With features such as the video recording capabilities of Lync, teachers will be able to roll out the "Flipped Classroom" initiative. That means conducting and recording lessons using real-time collaboration, pushing video, presentations, white-boarding and chat during sessions. The initiative offers further enrichment through video collaboration with overseas sister schools for LOTE programs, as well as digital excursions.
Further benefits of the Microsoft stack include: