What is the Flipped Classroom?

The flipped classroom refers to a model of learning that rearranges how time is spent both in and out of class to shift the ownership of learning from the educators to the students. In the flipped classroom model, valuable class time is devoted to more active, project-based learning where students work together to solve local or global challenges — or other real-world applications — to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Rather than the instructor using class time to dispense information, that work is done by each student after class, and could take the form of watching video lectures, listening to podcasts, perusing enhanced e-book content, or collaborating with peers in online communities. Students access the online tools and resources any time they need them. Faculty can then devote more time to interacting with each individual. After class, students manage the content they use, the pace and style of learning, and the ways in which they demonstrate their knowledge; the instructor adapts instructional and collaborative approaches to suit their learning needs and personal learning journeys. The goal is for students to learn more authentically by doing. The flipped classroom model is part of a larger pedagogical movement that overlaps with blended learning, inquiry-based learning, and other instructional approaches and tools that are meant to be flexible, active, and more engaging for students.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • It's happening in many math classes, thanks to Khan Academy. It reduces time for the student and allows the student to move at a faster pace.
  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Feb 8, 2015I teach "learning readiness" to our Junior High students using the Knowmia http://www.knowmia.com/ flipped learning platform. For the most part we use it during normal instructional time, but it helps to differentiate learning by letting everyone move at their own speed through the course I have developed.
  • - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 9, 2015: It's happening a lot already. Time to remove it or integrate it within a larger theme - ubiquitous learning for example? - cbsteighner cbsteighner Feb 14, 2015Agree. Agree- apowell apowell Feb 20, 2015 Excellent point! - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 21, 2015 Remove from this. Most people say they are doing flipped learning (even though I don't think they are really doing anything different than when they were assigning homework of reading a textbook chapter. They need to really use it to help differentiate learning to really say they are flipping their classroom.)- apowell apowell Feb 20, 2015
  • i would add- "flipping with a purpose"- the videos need the ability to gather student data to help inform instruction. Building in apps like Edpuzzle allow teachers to see student work. [- mnagler mnagler Feb 21, 2015mnagler]
  • Delighted at the suggestion that this topic should be integrated within a larger theme as I could never understand how it developed such traction. For me this conversation belongs with the changing role of the teacher and the culture of schools to build an eco-system of self-determined learning by all.- deirdre.butler deirdre.butler Feb 22, 2015 I agree with this too- kayj kayj Feb 22, 2015
  • I'm seeing more and more of this, but it seems to be a fad. I'd also suggest that there be pedagogical purpose.- anton.inglese anton.inglese Feb 22, 2015

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Feb 8, 2015It offers some of the same benefits as a MOOC, by allowing for instruction when and where desired by the online learner. Many resources can be harnessed for such purposes from YouTube to TedTalks and Teacher Tube etc... and it can deliver "content" as well or better than regular class instruction. You should not flip everything, but by flipping some core content, you can free up valuable class time for deeper learning, such as the MIT professors and Harvard professors aim to do in the blended / MOOC classrooms.
  • If flipped correctly, this allows for rich discussion in the classroom along with digging deeper into content. As stated above, often time, the flipping is just adding in another video or simulation for a student to do, and not changing the classroom time into something more constructive. - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 21, 2015
  • bottom line - teachers still need to know what students are doing and struggling with therefore videos need to inform. if we start flipping with this in mind it could have a huge impact [- mnagler mnagler Feb 21, 2015mnagler]
  • This is a gateway to more purposeful pedagogy and blended/digital learning.- anton.inglese anton.inglese Feb 22, 2015

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