A new way to facilitate a flipped classroom
Previously, I’ve spoken about how teachers facilitate a flipped classroom. Most teachers use programs such as YouTube or Blackboard (Carstens & Sheehan, 2014), and they have their own strengths and weaknesses. There doesn’t seem to be one program just dedicated to a flipped classroom. Teachers are having to use multiple programs just to video, edit and upload their class videos.
What I propose is a website, including an app basing, program dedicated solely to assist teachers facilitate a flipped classroom. The name of this program is called ‘Learn at Home, Teach at School’, or ‘LAHTAS’ for short.
Some of the key features for LAHTAS is a combination from other sources such as Blackboard, Dropbox and YouTube. These include:
- Easy access to class content (videos, notes etc.) for students
- The ability to upload and share resources amongst students and teacher
- A ‘cloud’ like feature for students to edit group work or work on online class activities
- The ability for the teacher to create in class quizzes and get immediate feedback
- Assessment (formative and summative)
- Access for students to watch the uploaded videos by their teacher
However, to set LAHTAS apart from its competitors there are some additional features to help aid students and assist teachers.
Carstens and Sheehan (2014) stated that students generally take a while to adapt to the process for a flipped classroom. There are some other features to this idea which will assist students into the transition to using a flipped classroom. The main feature being a 24/7 instant messenger feature between students as well as their teacher. This will allow the teacher to receive immediate feedback from their students on key learning points from their video lessons. Furthermore, it provides students with a fast and easy way for them to contact their teacher or ask for peer advice on topics such as class content, assessment requirements/dates and if they are having problems with the flipped classroom technique. However, this program also has features to assist teacher to facilitate a flipped classroom.
Students prefer videos where they are short, have high quality and possesses some backing music (Carstens & Sheehan, 2014). LAHTAS will have video recording and editing imbedded within the program. As most, if not all, devices have a camera, teachers will now be able to record and edit their video within the website without having the need to use a separate program.
I look forward to your thoughts and views on LAHTAS, and any improvements that i may have not mentioned or thought of.
Carstens, F. J., & Sheehan, M. (2014). Triumphs and Tribulations of the Flupped Classroom: A High School Teacher’s Perspective. In J. Keengwe, G. Onchwari, & J. N. Oigara, Promoting Active Learning Through the Flipped Classroom Model (pp. pp. 91-112). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4987-3.