Friday, March 23, 2012

The Flipped Classroom

In another class of mine, we gave a presentation on "The Flipped Classroom." This idea refers to teacher-created videos and interactive lessons that are viewed by students at home. This idea was developed when two high school chemistry teachers found it problematic to use valuable class time to re-teach lessons to students that were absent. They then came up with this idea to use technology in a way that would allow them to annotate lessons and post them online. This was great for absent students, but then they began to see just how useful this idea could actually be. They began creating these lessons for everyone in the class. Not only did this allow for an immence amount of added class time, but students were able to come into class with some sort of understanding already and they were also able to come to class with questions. Teachers who have used this approach say that discussions are more student led, and in general students become active learners as opposed to passive learners. While researching on this topic, I came across a website called Khan Academy:

and on this website a man named Eric Westendorf made an entire archive of these interactive lessons for teachers and students to use as they please. Unfortunately, there aren't any videos that pertain to ELA, but I still enjoyed visiting the site and it can also give English teachers some ideas for their own videos that they may want to create. Lastly, I wanted to share this video of "the flipped classroom." I definitely think this could be helpful.

1 comment:

  1. The idea of the flipped classroom is definitely one that i wouldn't mind using in my own future classroom. I believe that it is beneficial to both students and teachers. One of the teachers who created the idea also has a blog/website that is pretty interesting.