Blogging Sensations: A Flipped Classroom

The article I read this week was related to a Flipped Classroom approach and what that entails. Many are familiar with the term, but do they actually know what it means? According to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, a flipped classroom “is a methodology, an approach to learning in which technology is employed to reverse the traditional role of classroom time.” This approach has been widely used with the changes of technology in society. What this means is that students are gaining exposure to new material outside of the classroom and bringing their knowledge in to create ways of assimilating that information. There are 6 steps described on this blog post.

1. Plan. This is the step where teachers are figuring out what lesson they want to flip and how to approach it. Some common thoughts may be the outcome or what the goal of the learning should be.

2. Record. Teachers may record their lesson using a screen cast or even providing a relevant video for the students to watch.

3. Share. Ensure that the video is sent to students and that they all have access. This may require extra thought for students who do not have technology at home, or if students cannot hear. The video should be universally designed.

4. Change. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the relevant lesson and go more in depth.

5. Group. Sometimes separating into smaller groups helps students discuss and pull out the main ideas.

6. Regroup. Have the class come back together and reiterate the outcomes of the lesson.

Even those this is a basic outline of the flipped approach, it is a good starting point for teachers. Vanderbilt University also talks about this approach and the benefits it can have for students. They associate it with Bloom’s Taxonomy where students are doing the lower level, cognitive thinking skills outside of the class and working on application and analysis with peers at school.

The flipped classroom is another way to approach lessons, even if it isn’t every single one. It may be a better way for some students to learn when they think out of the box and dig into new information. There are many resources out there for teachers to help them learn how to screen cast or provide interactive ways for students to respond. Ed Shelf is a great place to check out!

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