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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EC&I 831, Major Digital Project

Flipped classroom

The concept of flipped classroom is a new one to me. I have never heard or experienced this type of classroom before in China. I find this video really helps me to understand how a flipped classroom works.
I think this form of classroom teaching has huge benefits of providing differentiate instruction to students. Instead of lecturing in front of the class for the most of time, teachers put learning resources on-line ahead of time for students to study on their own. The whole class time is dedicated to activities and discussions which allow students to engage in critical thinking skills and practising what they’ve learned before class. Students are provided opportunities to interact with, work with and learn from each other. Teachers could have more time to observe students activities and offer appropriate support in helping students making connections between knowledge and practice.
Of course, this type of teaching and learning requires that all students are well prepared before class. Each student’s familiarity with the content material and contribution to group discussion or activity is vital to the success of this kind of collaborative learning.
Teachers also need to have advanced knowledge in technology and media in order for them to organize the flipped classroom. But anyways, I think it is a powerful instructional tool for teachers to use and has great potential in fostering student creativity. Any comments or experiences in working with this type of classroom?