“The biggest challenge for teachers is to make it clear that other competencies – aside from just knowing facts – will be needed in the future.” – Mone Denninger, Austria
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Making changes to the way you teach is never an easy thing, especially when you first start out. For #MIE Expert Mone Denninger, flipping her classroom was the goal, but she didn’t see the benefits overnight.
“It wasn’t easy to start a flipped classroom because students have to learn how to watch a learning video,” she shares with us. “But after some time, the students realize the benefit of the model. They love to collaborate and work on mathematics problems. Now I have time to separate groups and give my students individual exercises.”
Denninger uses technology in nearly every lesson, teaching mathematics and computer science to students from 10 to 18 years old. “We use Teams to communicate and collaborate, OneNote Class Notebook and Forms. I make the videos with PowerPoint.”
And while technology has helped Denninger to completely change her classroom and the way she teaches, she acknowledges that students still need to be guided in how to responsibly use these tools.
“Teenagers today do not believe they have to learn anything because they think they find all content on the internet,” she says. “The biggest challenge for teachers is to make it clear that other competencies – aside from just knowing facts — will be needed in the future. Working together, being individual, treading new paths, being innovative, to be different from the crowd and especially from machines, that is important for the pupils to learn.”
About Mone Denninger
- Educational background: http://mone.denninger.at/about/
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: OneNote, Teams, Office Mix, Forms, Word
- What is the best advice you have ever received? Try it!
- Website I check every day: Facebook
- Favorite childhood memory: My brother was mean and did not help me swap my broken drive. I was about 12 years old. He said that I could do it alone. This was the first time I had a computer screwed on. And he was right! I could easily change the drive alone. Since then, I knew that even girls can handle technology. That’s no problem at all. You just have to dare! Guys are only human!
- Favorite book: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! from Richard P. Feynman