The concept of teaching particularly how to deliver a lesson has remained the same for many years. In particular, the characteristic of education where the teacher delivers the lesson, students takes notes and then extend on that material through homework hasn’t changed. If you look into history, everything is forever improving or being updated therefore why not education? Sir Ken Robinson recently had an interview where he stated that our systems of education have been based on principles of ‘industrial manufacturing’ where typical schools operate through a linear system and where everything is standardised. However, there is a concept that is seen as an alternative way of teaching which incorporates technology to facilitate learning and change the idea of traditional strategies for teaching.
A flipped classroom is quite the opposite of the conventional way to education. As the name suggests, the students will learn the key learning goals of the lesson before they arrive to a lesson to which the rest of the lesson is used to expand on those ideas, class discussion and or refine where students are falling behind. Technology helps facilitate this learning as the initial material is generally received through a short video. This pedagogical method incorporates technology straight into the lesson and allows students more control of their own leaning. Allowing the students to have the videos readily available, they have the ability to watch them whenever it is best suited and the ability to pause and rewind key aspects of the lesson they have missed. As a result this then frees up class time for teachers to give immediate feedback to students and review concepts where students aren’t confident.
Studies have shown and proven a flipped classroom to be an effective method to improve student learning. Smith (2014) has shown that 67% of students participating in a flipped classroom environment improved their test scores and 80% of the students reported an improvement in attitudes towards learning. With these results, surely teachers would be adopting this technique in every school, but why not? How do you think you would have learnt in a flipped classroom environment?
Acedo, M. (2013, November 27). 10 Pros and Cons of a Flipped Classroom. Retrieved from Te@chthought: http://www.teachthought.com/trends/10-pros-cons-flipped-classroom/
NCSL. (2014). Q and A | Sir Ken Robinson. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxkaApEbQek
Smith, C. (2014, October 7). Spartan College sees results with curriculum overhaul. Retrieved from Tulsa World: http://www.tulsaworld.com/businesshomepage1/spartan-college-sees-results-with-curriculum-overhaul/article_63bb830b-4c4e-5a19-ac74-aaf722385311.html