Flipped classrooms remain a controversial subject, but the results are quite compelling. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, in essence, students absorb the content (videos of lectures, reading, etc.) at home and do what would otherwise be considered “homework” in school. EdTech expert Steve Ryan explores the process for flipping the classroom, both in the classroom itself and at home.
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In the Classroom
Traditional classroom configurations aren’t conducive to the type of active learning that needs to take place in a flipped classroom. As opposed to rows and columns, consider organizing desks in pods or with tables. Foster communication and collaboration with students and allow easier access for teachers to work side by side with students.
Assign students work such as math problems, social studies DBQs and science labs. As they work, offer students personal support and integrate useful technology such as QR codes, information-rich Google sites or videos you’ve created.
For homework, have your students watch a video or listen to a recording of a lecture you created. This lecture should preview the next day’s lesson, so students are prepared to learn by doing.
- When working on their “homework,” students have direct access to their teacher for additional assistance or clarification.
- Teachers receive direct feedback on what the students understand and what needs to be revisited.
- Students can work together to solve a problem and/or discover the opportunities together.
- Active learning assists with retention of the process as opposed to solely the end result.
If you haven’t tried flipping your classroom yet, I’d encourage you to do so and share your feedback in the comments!
Steve Ryan is President of RyTech, LLC, a digital marketing, IT consulting, and EdTech training firm in Illinois. Steve has presented on EdTech topics at various conferences, workshops, and school districts. Steve is a former technology director and social studies teacher.