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Future Class Network
What is Future Class Network?
Yumi Jeung, Content Manager at Future Class Network
The Future Class Network set out to modify the education system in South Korea by using the media to spread innovative ideas in education. An online platform allows a network of teachers to collaborate, share experiences and challenge the traditional norms of education from the grassroots.
While the network showcases a range of educational ideas, the Flipped Classroom Project is an example of the way in which the Future Class Network supports the spread on innovation within South Korea. Working in partnership with a national broadcasting company, Future Class Network ran the first pilot of the use of flipped learning in South Korea.
In a flipped classroom, the teacher no longer lectures from the front. Instead, students come to class having watched a video created by their teacher in preparation for the day’s lesson. Rather than passively receive information, students engage in discussions, tasks and problem solving. The teacher is free to circulate and support or challenge students as needed.
The benefits of such flipped learning have been seen in improved test scores and, crucially, improved motivation on behalf of the students. Students are empowered to alter their role from passive to active. Now fewer students fall asleep in class and the ethos of the classroom has changed.
Future Class Network understand that these benefits could be lost if a class’s next teacher did not use flipped learning. Sustainability was vital if the successes were to be maintained. The idea and impact were shared on the platform where teachers could also seek advice on the implementation of the flipped classroom. By 2013, almost 10 000 teachers had tried flipping their classrooms.
To support these teachers, and those who wished to try it in the future, Future Class Network runs two day teacher boot camps. Here, teachers at different stages of the process can share their experiences and advice for adopting the innovation.
Future Class Network now has 20 000 members and recently won the Google Impact Challenge and was awarded $500 000.