What Is A Flipped Classroom?

What Is A Flipped Classroom?
Summary: “Flipped”, as in “Flipped Classroom,” is a buzzword often heard among the community of innovative educators. But what does this actually mean? Here are three informative multimedia presentations on the subject. The first is by Salman Khan, the pioneer whose highly successful website challenged teachers to consider changing the traditional classroom script. The second is a video by Aaron Sams, a teacher who wants to teach students how to set their own educational goals and become independent learners. The third is an infographic by Daniel Grafton that addresses important issues concerning Flipped Classrooms.

What Is A Flipped Classroom?

In the traditional classroom model, teachers first explain each topic, and then assign homework. In the flipped classroom model, students first view the topics outside of class, and then use class time for inquiry-based learning, which in some ways resembles traditional homework assignments.

A flipped or reversed classroom uses educational technologies to leverage valuable classroom time. Once students have covered material traditionally covered in lectures outside of the classroom, teachers can focus on learning-based activities in the classroom, and also deliver more one-on-one, customized assistance.

In the following video, Salman Khan discusses how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos. Khan Academy began many years ago as an extensive series of videos covering a broad math curriculum. Later, it branched out to cover a stunning array of diverse subjects, including science, technology, economics, and the humanities. In addition to videos, Khan also demonstrates the power of interactive exercises, and calls upon teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script. He suggests providing students with video lectures that they can watch at home, followed by having the students do their "homework" in the classroom, where the teacher is available to help. This has many advantages, and has become a hot topic of both conversation and careful experimentation among the educational community.

I highly encourage you to read "The Flipped Classroom Guide for Teachers" where you will find:

  • How Does a Flipped Classroom Contribute to Student Learning?
  • The Top 7 Benefits of a Flipped Classroom
  • The Top 6 Disadvantages of a Flipped Classroom
  • 6 Tips for Successfully Flipping your Classroom

Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education


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In the following video, Aaron Sams, who teaches biology, chemistry, and AP chemistry at Woodland Park High School in Colorado, discusses his ultimate goal as a teacher, to "help students become learners who can learn for themselves and by themselves."

Flipped Classrooms and Video as Homework


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Last but not least, Daniel Grafton created the following Infographic to identify some key issues related to the Flipped Classroom.

"The Fuss Over Flipped Classrooms".

Fuss over flipped classrooms


P.S.: Thank you Gene Levinson for the editing!

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