On a Southwest flight to New York state, the Spirit magazine I read had an article by Jennifer Miller entitled "Flipped Out". The article made some good points about how kids learn and how educators are making the shift necessary to reach all kids. It was interesting to notice other flyers skipping over the article. Makes me wonder if a select few really care about what is happening in today's classrooms.
The Flipped model is gaining popularity. Teachers are able to spend more time interacting with their students- asking probing questions, discussing alternatives, and helping students to problem solve. Kids need to be fully engaged with accountability for their work, effort, application of skills and collaborating with others. Those who have tried the flipped method have met with success. Using available resources from Thinkfinity, Khan Academy, and YouTube can help a teacher get started.
Have you flipped your class, or plan to? We'd love to have you share your experiences with the Community.
"Three Tools for Improving Flipped Video Lessons" published by Richard Byne in Free Technology for Teachers, September 2, 2013, discusses three tools students can use to ask questions or answer questions while they are watching a flipped classroom video.
VideoNotes - a neat tool for taking notes while watching videos
Teachem - a service teachers can use to build courses that are composed of a series of videos hosted on YouTube
Blubbr - a quiz creation service where you can create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips
How can your use these tools in your flipped classroom?