iPads help SCS teachers learn reflective teaching - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

iPad use in SCS classrooms help teachers and students learn

(WMC-TV) - The Grizzlies are doing it. The University of Memphis' sports teams are doing it. Now, some Shelby County Schools teachers are getting in on the action.

Teachers are using iPads to record and study what is happening in their classrooms, in an effort to better themselves to help their students learn.

"It's really about growth as a teacher and trying to reach that 100 percent," said Michelle Hope, who uses her iPad to go back and evaluate if her teaching methods are getting through to her students.

The method is called "reflective teaching."

"You know, no matter what on a given day, I've got 20 to 30 pairs of eyes on me and so it's important that I see what they see," said Hope.

Hope says the iPad acts as a second set of eyes and gives her a good idea of who is participating in classroom activities and who is not.

Recording classroom activities is not that much different than what the Memphis Grizzlies of University of Memphis Tigers do to study what works and what doesn't, said Hope, who has been sharing her iPad idea with other teachers eager to study classroom strengths and weaknesses.

For Hope, the iPad method is helping her become a better teacher. In turn, it is helping her students get more involved in classroom activities.

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