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To Flip or not to Flip…

Posted by Abigail Bryant on February 29, 2016

To flip or not to flip…it’s a question worth asking!

By now you have probably been hearing a lot of buzz about the technique of classroom flipping. In the age that we live in, there are constant changes and advancements that are being made in the education field. This may seem a bit daunting to some, especially those who are worried about being able to keep up with the times. So first of all, let me reassure you that a flipped classroom isn’t exactly new technology. It is rather, a form of a tested and true practice known as blended learning, which according to multiple studies has already been shown to be an extremely effective method of teaching.

What is it?

A “flipped classroom” basically brings the technique of blended learning to a whole new level. In the flipped classroom the student is exposed to and presented with the new material outside of the classroom, usually in the form of a previously recorded video presentation that they watch at home. When the students do enter the classroom, the time is used to apply the previously viewed material in the form of problem solving and discussion. In this approach, the use of digital learning materials, together with the increased classroom time, allows for more opportunities for review and the reinforcement of learning materials.

That doesn’t sound bad does it? After all, what teacher doesn’t long for extra class time to be able to help the students grasp the material being taught? The fact is, one of the biggest advantages of the flipped classroom is the extra time that the teacher actually gets with the students.

Check out some of the benefits that this approach provides

Flipping…

  • …aids struggling students.
  • …helps students of all levels excel.
  • …provides more personal one-one student time.
  • …allows for more teacher student interaction.
  • …allows for differentiated instruction time.
  • …allows for peer learning and group collaboration.
  • …creates a student centered environment.
  • …allows teachers to pursue other teaching methods such as active learning.

Okay, so you’re interested in flipping, now what?

Whereas it is agreed that flipping dramatically changes both the practice of the students and the teachers, it has also been said that it helps teachers become more intuitive with better insight to student learning needs. The benefits of flipping are so numerous that this approach definitely warrants a closer look. However, there are questions to be answered and planning to be considered. In fact some of these thoughts may be running through your head right now.

“What will I flip?” …“Who will make my video?” …“What software will I use?

Don’t worry; I know that this can seem overwhelming at first, but many have gone before you and have paved the way, making it easier for you to join the journey of education done differently. Check out this helpful step-by-step guide to help you ease into the flow of things. Flipping Your Classroom: The Get Started Guide can help you answer the questions that you have and provide you with useful tips to make better use of technology in school and aiding you in become a progressive teacher.

Author: Abigail Bryant

Abi is Head of Support at Kognity, where she works closely with teachers and students getting them set up and ensuring their experience with Kognity is a great one. Previously she worked as an English teacher working with International Schools in South East Asia.

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