This is a great post here from Shelley Wright, who describes the way she uses technology - particularly online video resources - to help students engage with science content knowledge prior to exploring inquiries in the classroom:
She explains that:
"The flip that I’m talking about is the flipped classroom or reverse instruction. It’s called the flip because, essentially, it reverses traditional teaching. Instead of lectures occurring in the classroom and assignments being done at home, the opposite occurs. Lectures are viewed at home by students, via videos or podcasts, and class time is devoted to assignments or projects based on this knowledge. It’s different from traditional homework because students know that we won’t spend the next class period going over the content they’ve engaged with at home. Instead, we’ll use it as a springboard into deeper discussion and activities. Brilliant....
None of this is passive learning. My students are required to interact with the knowledge that is being presented to them. The videos are posted on our wiki, which now serves as our digital textbook. Our wiki is custom-designed to support what we’re learning. Students can then respond with either a blog post sharing their thoughts, or through interaction with their peers in a wiki discussion tab."
So, do you flip? Would you flip?
I just stumbed across this blog post about flipping classes where the author outlines some reasons why it might not always work that well. While I may not agree with everything she raises as issues, I think she does have some interesting perspectives including not overloading students with work to do outside of class time. However, the comments underneath the blog post are very interesting and have some excellent arguments for flipping and are also well worth reading.
A teachers, we might be thinking about lifelong learning as: 24/7, ubiquitous access to information, flipped classrooms, virtual learning spaces, alternative homework.
As parents, we might be thinking about saving enough money for our child's tertiary education.