Flipping classrooms is a concept where students view their lectures at home and spend classroom time on the application of knowledge like open-ended projects. You may want to call this a flip because the basic idea is that students listen to the lectures before getting into the classroom.
Initiatives like The Kahn Academy (4 million users) offer lectures, so that students watch, rewind and pause the lectures as many times as they need, post questions online to the teacher or classmates, look at basic concepts if needed or just go ahead and listen to additional lectures. One of the main advantages is that students work in the classroom at their own pace and ask for assistance when they need help applying the concepts they have learned. Teachers themselves may want to consider taping the lectures and publish them on the internet.
Flipping Classrooms empowers teachers to be more interactive and focus on the application of knowledge, mentor them directly and it frees up class time for more open-ended creative things. This is where the teachers can be at their best; guide students to solve open-ended, more creative projects.
ESHA encourages you to start experimenting. These resources will help you succeed.
Aaron Sam's classroom, see why he flipped his classroom
View Salman Khan
EU funded project
Gain Time is a co-funded Erasmus+ Project, KA2 which is focused on the development and uses of the Flipped methodology in the classroom. All classroom materials can be downloaded at the project website
- The Kahn academy offers a lot of interesting course content.
- Coursera is bringing courses from top colleges online, free: enabling true LifeLong learning. Daphne Koller also demonstrates the effectiveness of Active Learning compared to Lecture Based learning.