Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Flipping the Classroom [VID] Sp14

Flipped teaching turns things around.  Traditional teaching starts with a professor introducing students to new concepts in the classroom and then students study those concepts after via homework or assignments.  In a flipped classroom, the process starts with students covering the concepts on their own, at their own pace, by watching or reading content that the professor has made available online.  After students have covered the online materials the students come to class and work on activities related to those concepts.  The teacher or professor guides the students through the activities.

Let's take a look at a couple video clips explaining the process.

Note especially the visual showing the flipped classroom in the following video.

In my classrooms, I use a hybrid version of the flipped classroom.  Students cover the materials before class and we do activities related to those concepts.  However, if I notice students having difficulties with some concepts, then we may cover those concepts via lecture/discussion during the class.

So, what are the activities done in a flipped classroom?  There are a variety of approaches here, but I prefer to use games or what is called gamification in education.  More on this in a later blog post.

If you are curious and want more information on flipping the classroom, see my relevant bookmarks or my Flipping the Classroom YouTube playlist.

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