Flipped Classrooms have been around as an offshoot of blended learning methodology for more than a decade, now. In the flipped classroom, your students study at home and bring the homework to school. All conceptual learning, inquiries happen in the class, during a discussion with an instructor/mentor. Typically the class of students is divided into small groups which help the students to discuss, clarify, learn from each other during the review of study material.
Flipped Learning in a School Setting
Ms. Jenn Williams (RVS teacher) is a social science teacher who wanted all of her students to be engaged, instead of just a handful. Jenn explained how she implemented the flipped classroom in her traditional class. Ms. Williams took the lecture component and broke them down to 10-minute videos, which the students got to see at home. She would then discuss the concept in class and give them projects/or research work that the students would complete by themselves or in small groups. Ms.Williams experienced that the students were more engaged and got great feedback from them. She has inspired other teachers to try the flipped learning techniques/flipped classroom model.
Why is the Flipped Classroom Amazing?
The flipped classroom teaching has found favor with many teachers because of the methodology:
Increases learning dynamics interplay of time, pace, path, and place
- Videos are an excellent tool to review concepts as students have the option to re-visit videos any time. In case the student has missed a class or wants more clarity on a particular theory, the videos are there for them to view again, at their convenience.
- If students don’t have access to the internet, teachers could give videos on pen drives, hard drives / burn cd, etc. to enable students to learn using the videos. In another format called the in-class flip, those students who do not have access to the internet at home can watch videos on computers in the class, making them ready to participate in class activities which follow.
- Any subject or discipline can be taught by using the flipped classroom technique. Also, the students may access learning material at any time, from any place, in case of online content. Teachers may also do activities instead of showing videos to help students learn concepts before giving them a project to work on
Promotes great discussions
- Teachers crave to see all their students participating enthusiastically in the class. Instructors adopting flipped learning have seen more ‘one-on-one’ interactions with class participants and observed ‘more’ interaction among students. According to researchers Johnson, Adams Becker, Estrada & Freeman, 2015, flipped learning model ‘provides opportunities for increased peer-to-peer interaction and deeper engagement with the material.’
Increases engagement of ALL students
- The instructor is in a position to divide time between students who are engaged to those who are not. He/she may schedule frequent check-ins for weaker students during an activity, increasing the chances for clearing doubts and motivating the child to complete the work. The teacher may also map out personalized assignments for such students to help them learn better.
A flipped classroom, when compared to a traditional class, (where the teacher would have received an incomplete assignment and would have given low grades to the student), increases intervention opportunities by the instructor to help them learn.
- An Interesting research found that flipped learning increased active learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and improved the score of the students by 6% when compared to learning in a traditional classroom. Also, the probability to fail the class was observed to be 1.5 times higher in traditional class compared with flipped class.
Enhances engagement of caregivers
- Not only are the students empowered to learn by themselves, but parents/caregivers are given access to learning materials, so that they may guide their wards if needed. So, students, parents, and caregivers have access to the content which forms a supportive ecosystem for learning by the student.
Helps with self- directed learning
- When students are given the controls to learn themselves (with study materials provided by the teachers); their education is transformed from passive to active knowledge acquisition; They ask questions, find the answers, help each other through hands-on activities, explain video content, and complete workbooks along with their study. Students engage with the instructor only intermittently, for clarifications and guidance. It is a valuable way to learn – as this method has applications in solving real-life/real-world problems.
Enables real-world application
- Students become confident in solving real-world problems through this approach as they do not feel daunted by unstructured information coming their way. They will, through the information that is presented to them, learn to trust their own decisions.
Makes life-long learners
- Because they have learned a valuable skill, students learn to apply this method in learning about other disciplines and become self-directed, active learners through their life.
The flipped classroom model is a more hands-on learning approach as compared to a pure online learning method. However, teachers around the globe ranging from higher education institutions to K12 use it. In a flipped classroom, the students receive learning material from the instructor.
Class resources are a more focused way of helping the students to direct their efforts on learning meaningful and relevant information. If the students are left with their own devices, they will look for information on Google – which will throw a billion search items, confusing the student in deciding which link to refer to? As technology is evolving, internet reach increasing, engaging the class will become easier in the future through the flipped learning method. Teachers are willing to experiment with different activities and technology such as adding quizzes to Youtube videos for students to take live. Teachers must persevere to have kids take up to the flipped classroom concept as the benefits are fantastic.
If teachers want to learn more about global standards or want to put up a topic for views by other tutors in the flipped learning arena, they may use the Flipped Learning Global Initiative forum.
To help you explore the latest developments happening in Flipped Learning, WizIQ hosted an informative webinar by Kelly Walsh, Ken Bauer, and Dave Walsh on Friday, June 1, 2018. View the recorded webinar What’s Next for Flipped Learning and give your students this year a fantastic learning experience!!