When planning our first multiplier event of the Gain Time project, we focused on informing the local secondary school, as a large number of our students are recruited locally.
It is very important to obtain a good relationship with the schools that yield students to us, not least because we realise that a good cooperation will give us the opportunity to influence the process of preparing the students for upper secondary education. By introducing the Flipped Classroom methodology to secondary schools we can – hopefully, give our future students a better starting point as far as knowledge and skills go.
Therefore, we invited Gausdal ungdomsskole (secondary school) to be informed of the Gain Time project, the aims of it and our experince with the project work.
Gausdal ungdomsskole, represented by their head teacher and careers officer, responded very positively and attended our meeting with 28 teachers and management. In addition, 16 of our own staff participated.
Our project team informed of the Gain Time project in general and then went on to introduce the Flipped Classroom methodology; in theory, in practice (how it can be implemented in different subjects) and how to make educational videos.
Our ICT manager presented Office Mix, which is an excellent tool in this context.
The use of educational games as a part of the flipped methodology was also an important part of the information given.
The invited guests and our own staff were given the opportunity to ask questions and make comments throughout the meeting, and afterwards we formed groups to discuss the flipped methodology. These groups were formed according to the subjects the teachers teach, and it was quite obvious that they considered the group work very important and successful.
The majority of the participants expressed that they found the flipped methodology interesting and that they would most likely integrate it in their own teaching. At the same time they emphasized the importance of more cooperation and information in order to be fully prepared for an implementation of such methodology.
We therefore intend to continue the communication and cooperation with secondary schools, as it seems both important and promising.