If technology has enabled education to transcend the classroom, the flipped classroom teaching method has turned education on its head. Here’s how one school in New Jersey is using our Atlas 2-in-1 laptop to define a new era of digital learning.
Calvary Academy is a private, multi-denominational Christian school in Lakewood, New Jersey. They’re not only teaching students using an innovative “flipped classroom” method, but they’re also leveraging the power of Microsoft Education tools and using our Atlas 2-in-1 laptop to give students the access they need to make it all come together.
Calvary Academy’s flipped classrooms extend learning beyond school.
The “flipped classroom” teaching method allows for the delivery of online instructional content outside the classroom and moves activities—including those that might traditionally be considered “homework”—into the classroom.
In flipped classrooms at Calvary Academy, students might watch online lectures, collaborate in online discussions, or conduct research at home. In their classroom the next day, they engage more deeply with the subject matter under the guidance of their teacher. The result: Class time is focused on collaborative work and concept mastery.
Matthew DeFranza, the IT administrator and high school history teacher at Calvary Academy, knew that students would each need their own computer if they were to take full advantage of the learning opportunities afforded by the flipped classroom method. But he didn’t want just any computer—he wanted a durable Windows 10 laptop with digital inking capabilities, great specs, and a sustainable price point. Oh—and it had to include all of the tools that high school students would need and couldn’t be filled with adware.
The Atlas is comparable to devices offered by Dell, HP, and others. The features of the Atlas sealed the deal for me. It had everything I was looking for—Windows 10 Pro, 2-in-1 functionality, effective digital inking, no adware, solid specs, and a great price.”
IT Administrator, History Teacher
Using cloud-based Microsoft Education tools to learn at home.
Calvary Academy deployed our Atlas to 85 students in grades 9-12—and the initiative has been a resounding success.
Students frequently take their Atlas laptops home to watch lectures, use Microsoft Forms to complete digital quizzes, and collaborate with peers using Skype and Microsoft Teams, a group chat and file sharing program. To complete classwork, they’re able to type or write into their OneNote notebooks. They also use other Microsoft tools—like 3D Paint, Outlook, PowerPoint, Sway, and Word—extensively, along with Kahoot, a game-based learning platform.
The Atlas enables and defines all of this. It’s because of the specific strengths of the Atlas that the flipped classroom is made possible and embraced. The stylus and digital inking technology on the Atlas allow our students to reap the benefits of taking notes by hand and the audio- and video-recording capabilities on the Atlas have transformed the way students interact with course material. The Atlas has opened the digital world in our classrooms.”
Student reaction to the Atlas has been largely positive, DeFranza said, because “it’s close to their default mode in life: the smartphone.” Students whose preferred learning method is more traditional are quickly adapting to the change. Others, whose preferred learning methods were previously under-represented, have thrived—and several of them have also experienced a dramatic improvement in behavior and cross-curricular performance as a result.
If you’d like to read more about how our Atlas is helping Calvary’s students make the most of their education, check out the full case study.