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Monday, July 14, 2014

What is the flipped classroom?

What is the flipped classroom?

In a typical classroom, the teacher presents information (e.g. a new idea, procedure or way of solving a problem)  to his or her students and then assigns students homework based on the information presented. In the flipped classroom the reverse process occurs. The teacher presents information (e.g. a new construct, process or procedure to solve a probem) to students via a video recording or audio podcast which the students review at home. Then students return to class to apply the knowledge they received via the teacher's video or audio presentation, and apply that knowlege in the classroom. The role of the teacher is therefore transformed in at least two ways:

1.   The teacher presents information via a screen recording or audio podcast which can be accessed via a link on the internet.
2.   The teacher and his/her aides provide whole group, small group and individualized instruction to students while they are working on applying the knowledge they received online. The degree to which the teacher and his or her instructional aides use whole group, small group or invidualized learning modalities is dependent upon the instructional needs of his or her students.

According to

a flipped class is "one that inverts the typical cycle of content acquisition and application so that students gain necessary knowledge before class, and instructors guide students to actively and interactively clarify and apply that knowledge during class."

YouTube videos on the flipped classroom:

Click on the links below and find additional information on the flipped classroom:

On the next blog post we will explore specific web tools that can be used to flip the classroom, the first of which is ScreenChomp, a free Apple app specifically designed for the iPad, the  iPad mini or the iPhone.

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