Technology may be just the ticket to flip the classroom.
The concept of the flipped classroom, where students learn a lesson at home and do "homework" in the class, has been around for some time, but technology might be the key to making it work.
Students learn the material prepared by the teacher at home, in their own time, and most importantly, at their own pace. In class, the teacher acts as a tutor, helping students and providing a student-centered type of classroom. The traditional classroom is all about having the teacher lecturing for 40 to 80 minutes about the subject to a passive class. Flipped classrooms are believed to be more student-centered.
In the flipped classroom, the students come back to class with the subject learned in a more dynamic, entertaining way. They are now ready to be guided by their teacher, who acts as a facilitator. The students are engaged in activities where they will apply what they learned at home. If they are stuck, the teacher goes into action and helps to make sure the student's knowledge and understanding of the topic keeps on flowing.
Flipped teaching is not against face-to-face interaction, as some critics suggest. On the contrary, it enhances the students' interaction with their teacher in the classroom, in a more collaborative and friendly atmosphere.
But a flipped classroom relies on engaging online material that students can study at home -- usually screencasts provided by the teacher, or video courses like the ones provided by the Khan Academy or Crash Course. It is only after they've learned the lesson at home that students come to class to put that knowledge into practice.
Watch this video where Aaron Sams, a chemistry teacher, who in 2006 started using and developing this educational tool called Flipped Classroom, explains how his Flipped Classroom works:
What about the students' perspective? Here is what students from The Flipped High School, the name by which the Clintondade High School is known, say:
Greg Green, principal of the ClintonDale High School in Detroit, flipped the entire school. As a result, the students are more engaged, and scores have considerably improved. The technology they use is centered around Tech Smith's Camtasia Relay, Wacom displays and tablets, and Dell laptops. The school has reported a reduction of failure rates of 33 percent, and a reduction of 66 percent in their discipline problems.
How can CIOs help the flipped classroom? Supporting it by making sure the teachers in their educational institution have the right tools and IT support to create an efficient technology-assisted environment for their students, and by helping teachers in the creation of good streaming video presentations. Producing a video lecture is a one-time thing, and it will be used multiple times, making it a great time investment, but only if the material is engaging and useful.
Whether you're really ready to flip all your classrooms, there are concepts any CIO can put into place. Many CIOs often center their technology investment on in-class experience. Flipped classrooms demonstrate the value of allowing technology to leave the school and enter the home. Engaging students in learning needs to be a 24-hour effort. The only way that is going to happen is for CIOs to change their outlooks.
@ vnewman...you make a great point. If they are home and are having problems then who is there to help out? Or what if their home environment is not conducive to learning. These should be assessed before they take work home and complete as expected.
Susan: Companies should understand that the future is these kids and only if they are fed with right resources they will be able to help out the issues in the future. So basically its like investing for your future.
"It's easier for the students to watch a leacture at home, where they can play and replay the video as many times as they need. If they don't understand something, they can write down their questions and ask their teacher in class."
I don't dispute that - but playing devil's advocate: What if they don't bother watching the lecture at all? What are the consequences? How does the teacher know? What if they are too embarrassed to ask questions just as they might be in a normal classroom setting?
I feel like this presupposes that kids are self-motivated to learn - I don't think this is the case for many children - either because of living circumstances or because school isn't valued as much as it is in some families.
One of the advantages I see is that students can play the video lecture as many times as they want, and they are pretty short -about 10 minutes- So playing it twice or three times, and then writing down the questions they would like to ask the teacher it should work very well.
From a studen'ts standpoint, this is one of the best teaching practices to develop their interest in a lesson. It would be a lot easier for a student to listen to a lecture after he's gone through the lesson at home. Students tend to hesitate from asking questions in a classroom, with a clearer mind and initial know-how of the subject they would be more confident and productive. i think It's a win-win situation
"I have suggested that schools could find some help from a local company. But if the school don't go and talk with the companies the companies can't do anything. "
@Susan: Valid point susan but I feel that its virtually impossible for schools to go and talk with companies in order to do a sponsorship for such an act. I think companies (big ones) should step forward and volunteer plus the government too should encourage such activities and invite organisations to be a part of it.
This is about a teacher being a facilitator instead of a lecturer, too. It's easier for students to ask questions when they have the teacher next to them, instead of asking questions in front of the class. Many students don't ask questions for that reason.
If they don't watch the material before going to class, they can't particiapate in the practice. In the traditional classroom there are also students who never do their homework. There are more chances a student is going to watch a short video lecture than not.
I agree that doing everything during school time would be better. That would give students the 8 hours of free time every person needs in an ideal situation, after 8 hours of work, and 8 hours of sleep.
That is a different problem that has to be solved individually. I have suggested that schools could find some help from a local company. But if the schools don't go and talk with the companies the companies can't do anything.
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