Teaching with Technology: The Flipped Classroom- 2012 Workshop

Presenter: Kristin Thomas

We are all familiar with the problem of having a group of students who are working happily at the pace we set, a group who are hopelessly lost, and a group who are bored and either asleep or causing disruptions.  Teachers began to flip their classrooms to address these problems and have had much success:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aGuLuipTwg

In the English classroom, we are used to doing much of the work in class, but if you are like me, there are bits of information that my students could use to make their learning more dynamic that I don’t always remember to give them, or that I expect them to go to the textbook for.

In the flipped classroom model, the students are expected to go online, to a teacher’s website or to a learning management system such as Moodle, Blackboard, Haiku, etc. to watch instructional videos or to access content that can then be applied in the classroom.  The type of content that is particularly appropriate for putting on the web is the type that students can listen to and learn from: lecture material.

Often students don’t appreciate the purpose of a lecture in the application they will be asked to do and don’t pay attention.  Once the lecture is over, if the student needs clarification, or didn’t get it, there isn’t much recourse for them.  At the college level, students have historically fixed this problem by recording lectures, but if there are powerpoints or examples being shown, the recording is inadequate.  A video allows students to watch, rewatch, pause, and rewind; they can get the basics of a lesson in a setting that is comfortable for them, and then apply those basics in the classroom under the guidance of the teacher.  So, more time in school is spent with students at the apply level—thinking, problem solving, writing, evaluating, discussing, etc.

 

Resources:

http://thetechclassroom.com/flipping-the-english-class/

Fulton, Kathleen. “Upside down and inside out: flip your classroom to improve student learning.” Learning & Leading with Technology June-July 2012: 12+. Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 29 July 2012.

Pape, Liz, Tracy Sheehan, and Colleen Worrell. “How to do more or less: lessons from online learning: save time and money in your classroom while increasing student engagement and digital age competencies.” Learning & Leading with Technology Mar.-Apr. 2012: 18+. Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 29 July 2012.