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Flipping the classroom

Flipping the classroom

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Hi - I am new to this group so forgive me if this is a duplicate. I am a Boise State Graduate student in Edtech and will someday be a new teacher. I recently stumbled (although it is not new) Flipping. I find it fascinating! I came across a great video that discusses : to flip or not to flip. I'd like to share that with you - thanks! Kara

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Thanks for sharing this Kara! I also find the idea of "flipping" a classroom to be intriguing- though I worry about the equity implications since not all students can be assured of equal access to both hard ware and high speed internet. How do you imagine addressing that problem?

Kara Godfrey's picture
Kara Godfrey
Graduate Student in Edtech

Hi laura! I have heard from educators exp in this but have not done this myself. You could loan out ipads, put videos on jump drives, or dvds for the tv...these worked for those i communicated with. Hope this helps!!!!

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Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

In our district, we're finding access to technology is actually less of a problem than we imagined, since even students in our lower income households are using the internet to keep in contact with relatives in different countries, whether it's a desktop or a smart phone. That said, we also have hours that the library is open after school, access at local libraries and tutoring centers, etc. It's less of an issue than some folks assumed, and there are options or choices made for those who have access problems.
The big advantage to the flipped classroom is the students can learn at their own speed. I often use this analogy:
A teacher teaches at 30 mph, driving her prius down the road. However, some students are driving ferarris and others jalopies. Some need the lesson to go faster, others need it slower, and some are keeping up at the same speed as the teacher. With online lectures, students can speed it up or slow it down as they need, rewind and rewatch if they don't get something-they can match the speed of the teaching to the speed of their learning, which is hard to do for a 30 kids with one teacher "live".
Flipping the classroom also allows for the use of the together time in the classroom to its biggest benefit- learning and supporting each other as you apply what you learned in the lecture. It makes so much sense, but I wonder what you see as the biggest barriers to adopting this strategy, at least part of the time, in most classrooms?

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