Welcome to the Flipping Classroom Theme
Before you read any further, please take a look at the following videos
Flipping classrooms is a new concept where students view their lectures at home and spend class room 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 time as they need, post questions on line to the teacher or class mates, 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 class room 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. The below resources will help you succeed. (Click on the highlighted words in the following list to go to the corresponding pages)
- Khan Academy – 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
- In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class on artificial intelligence attended by over 100,000 students
- Article in the Daily Riff about flipping classrooms
- Interesting blog of Donald Clark assessing “Flipping Classrooms”
- Explaining the Flipped Classroom concept with pictures and cartoons
- Dr Lodge McCammon discusses “Flipping the Classroom”
- The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning reflects on the Flipped Classroom
And just a video that you must see: