Flipped Classrooms 101
Switching learning from the classroom to the living room!
By: Lacie Donaldson
My Reflection ...
Sams and Bergmann explained the idea of a flipped classroom, which is basically when the direct instruction is completed at home and the "homework", or application of instruction, is completed in the classroom. The direct instruction is switched from the classroom to the home via videos. They explained that there are different models of the flipped classroom, and these models depend upon who is using the technique. Some teachers may choose to use this technique with every lesson, while others only use flipped classroom for certain subject areas or lessons. They also answered questions about those students who do not have internet access at home, or even computer access. Sams and Bergmann discussed some of the myths and misconceptions about flipped classrooms. They clarified that this technique does not fully rely on videos and homework, it doesn't promote a divide between students in relation to technology, and it doesn't lead to bad teaching.
This webinar was very informational considering I had never heard of flipped classrooms. Sams and Bergmann presented the content in a way that was very easily followed and understood. By giving an explanation of what a flipped classroom is NOT, I could get a better understanding of what it IS. The images in the webinar tied into the content very well, although I feel I would have enjoyed it better if it was a video of Sams and Bergmann speaking. Although the video was an hour long, the information was organized in a way where my attention was focused the entire time. Overall, I really enjoyed this webinar. I am very interested in looking more into this topic.
My Take-Aways ...
2. One method of flipped classroom is the Explore-Flip-Apply method. This would be a great method to use in a science classroom, or any subject area that lends itself to students experimenting and exploring the content being learned. The first step of this method allows students to participate in activities that promote experimentation, exploration, and observation of what is being learned. After students have had a chance to manipulate the content, the teacher flips the instruction of the content to a short video to be watched at home. This not only helps students review what they experienced in class, but it also helps to clarify any confusion a student may have had in class. The last step of this method is for students to apply this new knowledge to a new situation or even an assessment the next day in class.
3. What about those students who do not have access to the technology needed to watch the videos at home? There are several other options to viewing the videos, rather than using the internet. Students who do not have internet access at home, but do have a computer can watch the video from a flash-drive or disk provided by the teacher. Students who do not have a computer at home may watch the videos on a DVD prepared and provided by the teacher. If students do not have any of the technology at home, they may be allowed to view the content sometime during the school day. The lack of technology is no excuse for not trying out a flipped classroom.
4. The use of flipped classrooms takes the responsibility of learning off of the teacher, and puts it back on the students. The student is required to take the content provided by the teacher and use their skills to learn it. This gives an opportunity for students to learn with their own learning style and ability.