Machumele laments that the software, especially when its accessed outside of school in the Flipped Classroom model, can't answer students questions in real-time. He tries to devote time each class to addressing questions learners may have had from Everything Maths. Additionally, there is hesitancy from school leaders about using mobile phones for learning and they wont bend to permit them during class time. Also, some of Machumeles learners don't have a cell phone.
Perhaps Machumeles greatest challenge is feeling isolated in this effort to incorporate digital learning in his classes. He says other teachers at his school prefer to retain the _chalk and talk? method and by and large are not leveraging the technology at the school (one projector, two Smart Boards, a laptop for every teacher, and a computer lab with desktops).
Machumele's advice to other educators hoping to start blended learning is to go for it. It's another way to know your learners and make sure they are improving. He said that the existing education system assumes we are all teaching the same learners, and the same learners even as 50 years ago. He believes that today we are teaching technologically advanced learners who also have a shorter attention span. Yet considering these facts, teaching is not changing. With technology, learners can visualize what the teacher is saying - there is audio and visual learning happening for them. Technology can even save money and effort from the teacher when used thoughtfully.
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