ST. LOUIS, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Helping educators "flip" their classrooms is one mission of CrazyForEducation; another is to support independent learning through its uTutor.me website, which connects students around the world to Real Lessons From Real Teachers™. Both platforms showcase the power of video to increase academic performance and encourage all types of learners to become more engaged with their instruction.
"The flipped classroom is extremely effective due to the latest video and instructional technology," explained CrazyForEducation CEO Renato Cataldo. "But ultimately, technology is only a tool. The conversations that happen in the classroom are where learning happens. Our platform primes each student to be active participants in the learning process, making them as successful as possible."
Flipping a classroom means turning the traditional instructional model upside down: teachers from grades 3 through 12 record lectures for students to view on their own time, while the classroom is reserved for working together on assignments and projects.
Case studies show that flipped classrooms significantly increase students' comprehension and enjoyment of learning while dramatically reduce failure rates. The flipped classroom has the unique capacity to erase the socioeconomic divisions within school districts that often fuel achievement gaps.
CrazyForEducation is free for schools, teachers, and their students. It is a simple to use, integrated platform that's been refined via the input of hundreds of flip teachers. The platform doesn't require any special training or technical expertise.
Teachers host video lessons for free with no ads or other distractions. They also group their lessons into units or courses, organize their students in class groupings, and see reports on student feedback including quiz results, "I don't understand" questions, and curiosity questions to lead richer class discussion.
Ara Chouljian, a computer science teacher, said, "I have been teaching computer science for fifteen years and I always dreamed of having such a resource for my students. CrazyForEducation is the perfect environment where a flipped classroom methodology can be implemented."
The uTutor.me website offers all the Real Lessons from Real Teachers™ included in the CrazyForEducation system to students and parents all over the world, who use it as online video tutoring. It opens the door to self-paced learning.
Students use the videos to help conquer an especially difficult subject, to fill in the gaps in their knowledge at the last minute while studying for a test, or to expand their learning on subjects beyond the ones they are taking at school.
One student's parents spent over $1000 for 10 hours of live tutoring then found out about uTutor.me for just $59.88 per year for unlimited use. The student said she found the chemistry lessons she needed, replayed them as necessary, and got more out of them than the live tutoring sessions.
uTutor.me is completely free of ads, uncontrolled content, and other distractions. A modest monthly or annual subscription provides access to the entire uTutor.me video lesson library, while also enabling CrazyForEducation to offer its flipped classroom platform free to teachers and their students.
About CrazyForEducation LLC
CrazyForEducation, LLC is an educational company dedicated to finding new ways for students of all ages, grades, and ability levels to succeed in academics. The company provides free software, training, and support for teachers, schools, and school districts around the world using or wanting to use the Flip Teaching methodology. Through its uTutor.me website, it offers students unlimited access to thousands of tutoring videos created by licensed, qualified, and enthusiastic teachers.
Ed Mass, COO