The flipped classroom

During my studies for this course so far, I have come across the term ‘flipped classroom’.  I have really wanted to investigate this ‘new’ classroom for quite some time, however now seems like the right time.  This post provides a great summary of what to expect in a flipped classroom.  Click on the picture to get an idea of what a flipped classroom may look like.

The infographic partially pictured above is a great representation of the flipped classroom. At the core of the flipped classroom, is technology.  Interactive and teacher created video’s allows teachers to move learning to outside the traditional walls of the classroom.

The benefits of a flipped classroom are:

  • Encourages collaboration
  • Encourages the sharing of information with all stakeholders (parents, community, teachers)
  • Students can view instructions at their own pace and rewind or review learning as required
  • Students can ‘work’ one on one with the teacher and receive more individualised attention
  • Suits a variety of learning styles
  • Students enjoy it

While there are advantages, there are also disadvantages:

  • Not every child will have access to the technology required
  • All of students time is spent tuned into the computer screen

Get ready to hear more about the flipped classroom, as it is infiltrating the classrooms of today.  As educators of 21st century learners, we have but no choice to keep up with the times and that means flipping our classrooms on their heads!



Knewton. (n.d.). The Flipped Classroom Infographic. Retrieved May 6, 2013, from

Sophia. (2013). Flipped Classrooms Turn Everything Around. Retrieved May 6, 2013, from

Another recommendation from ‘The Connected Teacher’

I have had yet another great recommendation from ‘The Connected Teacher’ AKA, Simon McKenzie.  Simon suggested that I check out iAnnotate and mentions that he uses it in his paperless classroom, as a means of assessing student learning.

I have done a little research and found a blog that reinforces how iAnnotate can be used to create a paperless environment.  In this example (check out the video here), you will notice that teachers use iAnnotate in the following ways:

  • To annotate student assessments
  • To return drafts to students
  • Reading and sharing PDF documents
  • Access student assignments through dropbox, Google docs or Moodle
  • Text, voice or video notes can be added to the assignment

At such a small cost of only $9.99, I will be sure to try this app out.  I can only imagine how efficient it would be to run a paperless classroom, something I will keep in my sights for the day that I finally have my own classroom.


Baker, L. (2013, January 13). How we use iAnnotate PDF on our iPads at MHS [Web log post].

McKenzie, S. (2013). The Connected Teacher [Web log post]. Retrieved from

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This week, Simon McKenzie (a PLN connection I made through Twitter) kindly responded to my post regarding assessments and ICT’s.  From what I have seen on Twitter and the conversations I have had with Simon (via Twitter), I knew he would have some great tools to add, given that he is running a paperless classroom.

I had heard of Edmodo but had never checked it out.  After Simon mentioned that he had been using Edmodo in his junior classrooms (including Google forms), I decided that now was the time to check it out.  I must admit at first glance, I was hooked.  I was actually preparing to implement it in my upcoming practicum until I took a deeper look at the ethical considerations.   I signed up for an account and then proceeded to create a group for my students.  However, I discovered that parents would have to read the privacy statement and then agree to the statement.  Edmodo has thought of everything and even provide teachers with a sample note to send home to parents to accompany the privacy statement.  Now don’t get me wrong, this looks like a great tool, but working within a time limit of 3 weeks, I have decided to put Edmodo off (for now) and use the virtual classroom on the Learning Place.  This was due to concerns such as:

  • Would I get the forms back in time?
  • Would parents agree to the privacy statement?
  • Would parents feel the site was a safe?
  • Would I be able to get my head around Edmodo in time?
  • What would I do if a privacy issue popped up?

Now in my eyes, these are all valid concerns and hence my reason to not use Edmodo this time around.  However, I am extremely keen to give it a go and I am intrigued by the things that it can allow you to do.  Here are some of the functions of the application:

  • Create quizzes
  • Facilitate peer discussions
  • Involve parents in the learning process
  • Create a calendar with events
  • Secure closed network
  • Sharing digital media
  • Award students
  • Upload homework assignments
  • Upload assessments
  • Send feedback to students
  • Differentiate by creating sub groups of students
  • Online polls
  • Message students and teachers
  • Provide information to students who may have been away with illness to avoid them falling behind
  • Peer reviews
  • Book clubs
  • It is free!

For more ways to use Edmodo, please check out the Edmodo site and in particular cast your eyes over ’20 ways to use Edmodo’



Edmodo. (2013). 20 ways to use Edmodo. Retrieved May 6, 2013, from

These are just some of the very many functions of Edmodo.  It looks like a wonderful application, I can’t wait to have a classroom of my own to try Edmodo out.