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?

  • Through their websites, guides and curation efforts, school libraries have long flipped. Their digital activities and collection become even more critical when student inquiry is encouraged at home. - joycevalenza joycevalenza Jun 7, 2015
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Ensuring accountability. In the flipped approach, students need to be ready to apply the knowledge they've built during those out-of-school learning experiences. Teachers engaged in flipping put accountability measures in place. - joycevalenza joycevalenza Jun 7, 2015
  • Equity. Schools need to ensure there is an equal playing field at home for learners. This may be accomplished by lending hardware, by providing content to learners without technology at home on storage devices, and by ensuring that libraries and labs offer extended hours. - joycevalenza joycevalenza Jun 7, 2015
  • Flipping meets the needs of over-programmed and challenged learners and offers a collateral learning experience relating to time management and work flow. Students work at their own pace during times of their own choosing. It also archives learning artifacts allowing learners who need refreshing an opportunity to rewind. When a student misses an in-class session, teachers can point them to available content online. This is especially helpful for schools with block schedules, where missing class means missing a huge chunk of time.- joycevalenza joycevalenza Jun 7, 2015
  • Flipping makes the classroom more transparent. Parents get a better lens on what their children are learning. - joycevalenza joycevalenza Jun 7, 2015
  • With more active learning happening during school hours, teachers and learners get to know each other better and grow as a learning community. - joycevalenza joycevalenza Jun 7, 2015
  • Informal learning: Flipping is not a new environment to learners used to checking YouTube when they need to master a skill.- joycevalenza joycevalenza Jun 7, 2015
  • Workplace: The workplace is also often a flipped environment with a growing number of jobs becoming telecommutable. - joycevalenza joycevalenza Jun 7, 2015

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

  • I can't help but think about those students with little or no access to technology beyond the school's walls. If the flipped classroom becomes the norm, provisions will have to be made for them. For example, materials that other students access electronically at home will need to be provided in print form for students without access. The availability of broadband in rural areas is also a concern. Possible solutions, though limited: http://www.flippedclassroomworkshop.com/how-to-make-sure-students-have-access-to-flipped-learning-content/ - jrwood272 jrwood272 May 22, 2015
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