Thursday, August 18, 2011

Flipping the Classroom

So, we've already got one week almost down. In the last couple of days, I've been trying to get around to classrooms as much as I can. I've seen some pretty amazing things- educational tech-wise. I have come to the conclusion that we are farther along in this "digital evolution" than I even thought.

For example, I have come to learn that several teachers (and courses) are in the process of "flipping" their classes. That is, these teachers are video recording particular lessons or lectures, and posting the videos online for their students. Here's the "flip": students watch the lectures at home, and then class time is spent working with the teacher on what used to be homework problems.

Here's a pretty good description of the model from a math teacher's perspective:

Here's the link she mentions at the end. There are some great resources there.
Also, check out the amazing Cybraryman's Flip Class resources.

And here's a video of a couple of science guys (Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams) who pioneered the Flipped class model. Here's their Flipped Class Blog.

When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. If students have online access (and, no, that's not a given), then this method can help students who need to see the lecture again, those who have got the picture and don't need to see all of the lesson, and students who are absent and need to catch up.

There are plenty of ways to do this, from using the thousands of lessons already created out there on the web, to setting up a video camera in your room and hitting "record." Even better, you can use the record feature of a SMART Board. Here's a demo of how to do it:

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