Flipped classrooms gain popularity

November 3rd, 2014

Those who want to succeed in the profession of oral hygiene and dentistry are quickly learning that technology is a major part of the job. One way to continue developing one's skills in the classroom is to utilize dental academic software. A product like this can actually shift the direction that people learn information. For example, Campus Technology recently spoke to the concept of the flipped classroom, in which students attend class to do practical work and solve problems, and then for homework will study materials in written form or watch a lecture on their computers. This new way of teaching allows students time with their professors when they can get hands-on help much more thoroughly, allowing for more engagement than a traditional class.

"The model is becoming increasingly popular in higher education institutions because of how it rearranges face-to-face instruction for professors and students, creating a more efficient and enriching use of class time," said a report by the New Media Consortium.

Many schools that follow through the flipped classroom model have found students can learn more through the aid of advanced technology. Dental schools can go along with this model by utilizing hygiene academic software and other tools to facilitate the learning process.

As one example, there was a biochemistry class at Columbia College in New York City that switched its format from lecture plus homework to working in the class plus a lecture and reading at home. The students became more engaged and it allowed the professor to go deeper into the reading material. Additionally, students could use technology on their mobile devices to gain more insights into the class during their own leisure time.

Becoming a teacher
Many students who learn through dental school software or other technology may become inspired to become teachers themselves. One example of a student who became a teacher after practicing the profession for many years is Jerelyn Champine, writing in RDH Magazine. She said that her path to become a teacher appeared to her when she student-taught as part of her process toward earning a bachelor's degree.

By engaging in the profession as well as teaching early as a student-helper, she began to ask questions about how a proper oral hygiene class should be taught.

As professors retire, there comes a need to fill positions with new teachers who can lead the next generation of oral hygiene practitioners. The first step to being a teacher is being a student, and there can be no better way of learning the process of oral care than by using dental software.

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