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 http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/
Sophia. (2013). Flipped Classrooms Turn Everything Around. Retrieved May 6, 2013, from http://www.sophia.org/flipped-classroom