FLORENCE, COUNTY , SC (WMBF) – When Florence School District 1 students are doing well, and suddenly things take a downward turn, teachers plan to make sure they are calling home.
School officials say they want to remain transparent, and by calling parents, it keeps an open dialogue. This year, the district will implement the core curriculum, meaning a more clear vision of what children are expected to learn, and the tools needed to achieve these goals will be clear to parents and teachers.
"One of the goals I have is I'm going to be doing a flipped classroom," said math teacher Benjamin Daniel. "What that means is I'm taking the lecture portion out of the classroom and taking that home."
Benjamin Daniel teaches math at John W.Moore Middle School. He is the only teacher in the district using this flipped classroom approach.
"This opens up 80 percent more time in my classroom, where I can spend really getting in there and helping students with their individual needs," Daniel said.
Daniel is spending his time in the classroom, helping his students work through problems they would normally be assigned to do at home. Then when they get home they, watch a lecture Daniel records during the day, online. The following day, they work out what was learned the night before.
"There is actually no front of the classroom anymore; there is nowhere to hide, because I'm running around the room. I'm not stuck in the front of the room pointing at the board and entertaining students and just talking to them."
Daniel said studies have shown using the flipped classroom technology bridges the gap for students, no matter their learning curve.
Flipped classroom technology is not the only cutting-edge advancement housed in Moore Middle.
"Our school at John W. Middle School is very safe," said Principal Carol Schweitz. "We have over 100 security cameras we can monitor throughout the day."
Staff members not only have access to those security cameras through computers, but technology allows school administrators to keep an eye on security on their handheld devices.
Along with those dozens of cameras, the school features a double-door entrance –meaning visitors will have to be buzzed in twice before gaining access to the building.
The use of technology prevalent throughout the school is not only keeping students safe, but engaging them as well.
"So we are going to train our teachers, so that they can better engage the students," Schweitz said. "As I said before, we have Smart TVs, Elmo cameras, we have… Apple TVs."
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