Research indicates that students learn best by doing (the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating). Because projects that incorporate these levels of cognition take time, they're often not included into the curriculum. The flipped model helps to solve this issue.
What is The Flipped Classroom?
Examples of The Flipped Classroom:
Using Educreations, here is an example Jennifer made for a math lesson.
Using Camtasia Studio, here is an example a student created on Mathtrain.TV.
Using Educreations, here is an example Allistair made on The Skeletal System.
You can click here to see several examples of videos teachers have created to flip their class.
Finding resources and examples to flip your classroom is simple. You have a few choices:
- find resources from others
- create resources yourself
Here are a few of my favorite resources for finding video lesson content:
- Khan Academy: over 3,200 educational videos
- Snag Learning: Watch educational videos and documentary films by grade level and classroom subject.
- Neo-K12: Kids science, math, social studies, history, geography and other educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 grade kids
- StudyJams: Aligned with state curriculum standards, StudyJams! takes math and science problems and presents them using relevant, real-world examples students can learn for fun!
- 25 Best Sites for Free Education Videos: a great collection of resources
- ShowMe, Educreations, ExplainEverything, and ScreenChomp are also great archives for teacher created content via tablet whiteboarding
- Watch.Know.Learn: free videos organized by subject area
- FlippedHistoryVideos: a collection of YouTube videos for history
Creating Your Own Content:
One of my favorite resources for creating content is Camtasia Studio by TechSmith. TechSmith has also recently launched an amazing collection of resources to support teachers getting started with The Flipped Classroom model. You can click here to see this great resource.
I highly recommend joining The Flipped Classroom Network, too. Click here to become a member.
I have made annotated videos via my iPad. My favorite resources for tablet vodcasting can be seen here.
What Are Others Saying About The Flipped Classroom?
I especially enjoyed chatting with Audrey Watters, author of Hack Education. Though she and I appreciate the forward moving steps Discovery is making, we both agreed that it would be nice to have information remain open source. Here is what Audrey had to say about flipped learning...
I have mixed feelings about the "flipped classroom." I'm not a fan of homework, for starters. And I worry that when "flipping" involves technology, that we're overlooking access issues. That is, not everyone has hardware, software, high-speed Internet access at home.
Wes Fryer shares amazing resources and ideas through his blog, Moving at the Speed of Creativity. He and I talked for quite some time about projects our students have created. I really enjoyed this exciting exchange of dialogue because it was inspiring to view the work created by children. Seeing these projects really helped me to see how much went into the process of learning. Because many of the children were given time in school, these projects were possible.
Three people that I love to learn from and collaborate with were kind enough to write a quote for a whitepaper I was asked to write for TechSmith. I'd like to share their thoughts with you on flipped learning.