One concept of technology is creating a ‘flipped classroom.' What does that mean though? Are the students in charge of the room? Does the teacher stand in the back of the room? What is the meaning of flipped learning? According to online definitions, a flipped classroom experience is:
"The flipped classroom is a model of teaching in which a student’s homework is the traditional lecture viewed outside of class on a vodcast. Then class time is spent on inquiry-based learning which would include what would traditionally be viewed as a student’s homework assignment." --- Flippedclassroom.com
Megan Moran is a math teacher who has used the idea of a flipped classroom to enhance learning. Students are asked to watch a lesson prepared by her or videotaped from a previous school year or semester, and bring questions to class. She then uses the extra time in class, time normally spent on lecturing or teaching the lesson, for independent practice or interactive projects that the students work on collectively in ways that apply their learning to real life situations.
I really appreciate the idea of using class time more efficiently as a resource for students. It is better for student achievement when I am able to answer questions face to face and to make sure they comprehend the information correctly. I’m not sure having an expectation of every student going home and watching multiple online lessons potentially is a realistic idea. I believe the flipped classroom has its place as an occasional tool to reach students outside of the classroom and to reinforce concepts in class that may be difficult. I am working on preparing lessons through Educreations, Capture, ShowME, and other apps for my students to access at home or outside of class. I’m excited to see how the students do with this time of structure. It is very different for the teacher, but it’s also different for the student. The plan is to enhance learning for both parties.
Post Written by Keith Halverson, W-SR High School, Social Studies