Could Flipped Learning be the answer for extending learning beyond the classroom for the E-12 environment? Could it be a way of engaging students at home in a media they find comforting and familiar? My deep-seeded, old-school brick and mortar mentality immediately went into shock but as I began to reflect on the benefits and observations of both my students and children I realized that this could be a powerful tool in the hands of a well-planned teacher. So often I see my students walking out the door with no books and no intention of completing even a simple assignment and wonder why are they so disengaged at home? What if we told our students to go home and watch something on their iPad, smartphone, computer or TV via a connection service such as Roku? I have no doubt that most children would have access to media even in an urban setting such as mine. As I wrote this, I daydreamed of students sitting on the 30 minute bus ride home watching the lesson, being engaged, collaborating with their classmate sitting next to them and then returning the next day prepared with background knowledge and personal experiences to share. The caveat in the success of the Flipped Classroom will be providing students with engaging, personalized and original video content that they will want to watch.
What is Flipped Learning?
“Flipped learning happens when the teacher’s lecture is delivered outside of the traditional class time, via a video students view on their own. Class time is used for active problem solving by students and one-to-one or small group tutoring with the teacher. The flipped classroom uses modern technology to create a sustainable, reproducible, and manageable environment for student-centered learning. Students can watch the short lectures as many times as they wish to grasp the content and then come to class ready to jump into the lesson, answer questions, work on collaborative projects, and explore the content further. With the transfer of foundational knowledge outside of class time, students are asked to take ownership of their own learning. Educators are able to personalize each class and increase time spent with each student.” (Source: Pearsonschool.com)