The Flipped Classroom: Getting Started

I recently gave a webinar on getting started with the flipped classroom. Lots of good questions – seems like many teachers see the value in using “flipping” to redefine their classrooms. They recognize that the traditional classroom was filled with a lot of lower-order, information transmission that can be off loaded to “homework” via content-rich websites and videos. That frees up more classroom time as a center for student interaction, production and reflection.

While some may think flipping is all about watching videos, it’s really about creating more time for in-class student collaboration, inquiry, and interaction. It’s also is a powerful catalyst for transforming the teacher from content transmitter to instructional designer and changing students from passive consumers of information into active learners taking a more collaborative and self-directed role in their learning.

In this webinar I address the opportunities and challenges, introduce some fundamentals and offer suggestions for getting started in a feasible way. I suspect that before long, flipping will no longer be as a fad, but simply another way point in the transition to learning environments that blend the best of face-to-face and online learning. Here’s some more of my posts tagged flipped classroom.

Download my slide deck for strategies, resources, lessons and links and more.

The Flipped Classroom: Getting Started

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3 thoughts on “The Flipped Classroom: Getting Started

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    Erin Mucci - June 8, 2012

    Thanks for this! I’ve been reading up on the flipped classroom as I hope to try it out next year. Your slideshow has some very helpful links and tools that I hadn’t found yet. Do you find that voice-over powerpoints are useful in this approach? I have some students with reading issues and have created some of these already!

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      Peter Pappas - June 8, 2012

      Hi Erin, The voice-over PPT’s are a great idea. (Also something that could be sent home on a thumbdrive). The core of flipping is off loading some of the content so that you free up classroom time for more interaction. Struggling readers are great candidates since they need more time or modifications to “receive” the content. BTW you might find some good ideas in my post How to Use Web 2.0 to Teach Literacy Strategies to Struggling Readers

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    […] Class size typically ran between 24 – 36 students. All students in the class would meet one day a week in a large group session. This might be used for unit testing, or to introduce or conclude a seminar cycle with a lecture or full group discussion. The large group was also divided into 4 seminar groups of 6-9 students. Each seminar would meet with me one day per week. Thus each student met one day per week in seminar and another day in large group. During the remainder of their week, students worked independently or with their seminar group in preparation for the upcoming assignment. Today, we would call that “flipping the classroom.” […]

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