EC&I 831, Major Digital Project

Flipping the classroom -episode 2

As I’ve learned more about flipped classroom in the last two weeks, I’m thinking of creating a presentation which could be used as a component of flipped classroom for my project. So I continue to search information and articles related to this topic. Thanks to my classmate Janice who posted the link to this article on the course community, I was able to read some more examples of flipped classrooms.

I like the point made in this article that flipped classroom helps to nurture independent learners. The fact that students need to spend time getting familiar with course materials before coming to the classroom offers them opporutnities to develop their independent learning skills and habits. When they do not understand the topics, as often happens in the learning process, they come to the class and discuss with peers and possibilly work through the problems together. Teachers could intervene and help students to understand difficult issues when they can not accomplish it on their own. This flipped approach helps to shift from the teacher-centered lecture style learning to learner-centered independent learning, which I think is very valuable.

This article also points out the issue of digital divide, in the sense that students from low-income familities might not have reliable internet or computer access at home. This is definitely an important aspect to consider when applying the flipped classroom approach. Teachers need to make sure that students could have access to internet and computer elsewhere (e.g. in the computer labs or school libraries) if these are not available for them at home.

What’s your view about the flipped classroom approach? Would you like to give it a try in your classroom?

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5 thoughts on “Flipping the classroom -episode 2

  1. Thanks for your post chxmaria. I think there are some valid strengths and concerns with flipping a classroom. It may not work for everyone in every situation. I left a comment on Janice’s blog relating to the article you refer to in your blog post above. Good luck in trying out flipped classrooms in your final project.

  2. I really like the concept of flipped classrooms. The presentation of materials, in some format, for students to consume at home and then bring questions to class makes sense to me, much more than struggling with assignments or making sense of material at home where there is an unknown level of support.

    I would really promote the fact that there is no requirement that flipped classes require technology. It is more engaging to have podcasts and videos, but the idea of reading something before you come to class is not new. The idea that you might spend class understanding and using it, however, is. So it may be worth considering what formats work best for the material you want students to understand. Maybe something to read does make the most sense. Or maybe short videos they could access easily or mp3s they might be able to listen to would work. The accessibility issue is also present along with the technical availability one If everything is a podcast, students with hearing difficulties could be in trouble. Likewise, if it’s all videos and visually based, that’s a concern for students who have visual issues.

    The idea of using class as time to understand concepts and make sure you know how to apply them just makes sense to me though. There are tons of ways to get starter knowledge on a concept. My math teacher in high school actually never gave us homework. All work was to be completed in the classroom. He still did traditional teaching with us, but he built in time to do the work while we could ask him questions. Very similar to how our English classes worked when we were discussing the books in class or doing experiments in Chemistry or Physics. That just makes so much sense to me.

    • Thanks for your comments, Kirsten. I agree that flipped classroom is more than just using technology as an instructional tool. Most importantly, it makes more classroom time available for students to deepen their thinking and apply their knowledge through, for instance, Q & A, discussions, projects, and group work. It is a way of teaching that advocates independence, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among students. You’ve also raised the issue regarding accommodating the needs and learning styles of students with exceptionalities, which I believe is very important for educators to consider.

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