The Flipped Classroom model is quickly being adopted all over the world to provide students opportunities to learn at home while receiving support in class. We are curious. Are you considering Flipping your Classroom either for students or for Professional Development Training? To help you prepare for this, what type of Professional Development would you personally need? Software? Hardware? Curriculum Training? What about first year teachers? Would they need any additional training for flipping?
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There are several great questions asked about flipping. The infographic shows how easy, beneficial and effective it.
Are you considering Flipping your Classroom either for students or for Professional Development Training? For Professional Development courses where there is a "set-up" within a website, flipping it would increase face to face time to then work on the project. I am thinking specifically of the Intel in Education: Thinking With Technology tools within Intel. Setting up accounts and doing an initial "walk through" of the process would be great to do at home.
To help you prepare for this, what type of Professional Development would you personally need? Ideally to accommodate differently learning styles, the instructions should be available in text, audio and video. The easiest tool may be PowerPoint with reader's notes made into a video, or Present.me which is a PowerPoint video combination.SlideSpeech is another good option. It takes time to create an effective lesson where the instructor does not get immediate feedback and there is a learning curve when learning new web tools. Time to learn how to speak without feedback and how to create activating visuals will be needed.
Software? Hardware? Curriculum Training? Already mentioned above. What sections of the lesson can be studied without teacher supervision and what lessons can be reviewed over several days to accommodate those students that do not have computer access outside of the school.
What about first year teachers? Would they need any additional training for flipping? Few states require educational technology training for new teachers, and there are unfortunately many seasoned teachers that also do not know how to integrate technology. All teachers need to first learn how to make their notes available digitally. From there, converting the notes into a presentation version whether manually or automatically advanced.
Where to go? Teachers should be encouraged to have a PLN and digital notes!
As we move further into our 21st Century, this concept of the Flipped Classroom is vital. Teachers need to embrace the concepts of collaboration, digital resources, creative thinking, blended learning, and becoming that facilitator that provides those tools that our students might request, need or really already use.
As I was searching online to find some additional tools and resources for our teachers, I ran across this video. I really think it says so very much.
The word flipped scares me...ok just a little but I attended a session this summer by Tim Childers where he described what he envisioned as baby steps or somersaulting. Here are his links he scooped for us Somersaulting the Classroom -- by Tim Childers | Flipped Classroom in Education | Scoop.it
What do you think about his resources? Do you see yourself as not doing a full flip since it may be a belly flop? Share...
Teachers need to become familiar with resources that are available to them to help feature videos to their students. Vialogues allow teachers to display a video on one side of the page and students answer questions and comment on the other!
Senior Trainer, Debbie Perkins showed this to me over the summer and I love it!
One of my biggest Flipped classroom worries relates to the video content. I spoke with one teacher about Flipping his classroom. His comment related to how easy it will be to just record his full period lectures. He thought it was a great idea that students would listen to them multiple times to make sure they memorized material for tests. I tried to help him understand that a Flipped Classroom might have the teacher's direct instruction - but it should not be a full 45 minutes.
What suggestions do you have that I might share with this teacher about how to effectively "flip his classroom." I'm really hoping to find information that will encourage him to develop a more student friendly / engaged classroom.
I am so into the flipping the classroom idea. I am a Deaf Education teacher, and a majority of my students go home to families that do not communicate with their children. My students use sign language to communicate, and many of their families do not sign, or only speak Spanish. I do a modified flip classroom with students that have computer. I also send home DVD's, cameras, or iPods, for students to see lessons at home. My students do not always have computer access, so I have to find alternate ways to get my signing the lesson to them. I cannot just send written material home to them. I have to add my signing to them for the message get across to them. I would love to really flip my classroom and am slowly inching my way into a flipped classroom. There are difficulties, with the number one being time to prepare and video tape my lessons, and then combining the two into one lesson. Another difficulty is making sure the students have capability to view the material at home. My students pretty much always do their homework, partly due to the fact that the technology is new and interesting.
In my district we are beginning to do a combination between the Flipped Classroom and Blending Learning. I've been reading a lot about the two. It was interesting to see the similarities. Having updated working technology equipment and a good understanding of the process is the key to success in Flipping the Classroom. Both parents and students must have total buy in and commitment.
We have a couple of teachers trying the Flipped Classroom method of teaching. They have made a few videos and had students watch them outside of class. One told me that one of the problems in making it successful is changing the paradigm of the students. Watching "the lesson" as homework is hard to hold them accountable for doing it. He also said it was hard to experiment with only one of their classes "flipping" as it was hard to keep who was doing what straight.
Professional Development, or a series of PD sessions, I'd think, would be warranted to actually get a handle on how it all should work. The type of PD I'd envision might be something like a 3-day "Flipped Classroom Bootcamp". So when participants walk out they have all the tools and resources they need/created (and know how to use) to "flip" a classroom or at least a unit.
I have been researching the flipped classroom approach for a couple years now. I have even integrated it into my Technology in the Classroom course for pre-service students (face-to-face and online) with mixed results. Honestly, it does take time along with a different pedagogical mindset. It is my opinion that adjustments need to be made in an ongoing basis after having conversations with students on what they view as strengths and weaknesses. Also, keep in mind the videos should be less than 10 minutes in length along with the opportunity for students to collaboratively share their questions so conversations can be integrated during face-to-face sessions.
Finally, here is my current list of "Flipped" resources on Diigo flipped - Dean Mantz on Diigo. I would also suggest joining and collaborating in this community. Flipped Learning Network Ning - A professional learning community for teachers using screencasting in education.
Here's a site that has several articles, videos, etc. regarding The Flipped Classroom-
Just click on the "Next" button at the top.
It sure is hard to get something new into the classroom. Most don't want to change, we don't have the technology or the know how, and many teachers don't feel they have the TIME to learn. Our staff development time should be looking to the future, not just numbers about where we've been. It's like pulling teeth to get some to do anything new. I'd say the best, most important thing would be STAFF DEVELOPMENT that is required.
I often use the term "slower than a moving glacier" to describe educational change. That said, I regularly try to make changes in my pedagogy. I feel if I am not learning new ways to teach, I do my students a disservice. I plan on sharing your ideas on how important it is to look to the future instead of just numbers of where we have been. I'm sure my principal will be interested in the discussion.
Our district is just starting out with the idea of flipping a classroom. We have a HS English teacher who is willing to try it and is motivated to make it sucessfull. With her lesson, we are recording it using Swivl and then working from that point. Research has been a key component for us and we tweak the lesson for our students. As for PD, our HS English teacher is a Middle Leader for our district and leads the PD for the flipped classroom.
Our district is evolving in several areas especially in the technical area. iPads are rolling out to teachers this semester and we want this to help teachers see the change in teaching strategies! The push is to move from Good to Great and see progression!