As flipping classrooms has become increasingly a hot topic - especially after the 60 Minutes interview with Sal Khan , I've noticed some big questions showing up over the concept.
How would you answer one/some of these questions?
You might want to contact Aaron Sams who teaches at Woodland Park School District. He is outstanding with the concept of the flipped classroom.
His email is : firstname.lastname@example.org
I've seen a lot of his activities and ideas in place.
There may be some community members that are still considering what the definition of a "flipped" classroom. Here is a resource to assist with that.
"Consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help." ~Salman Khan
I watched Salman Khan's TED Talk about the Khan Academy/flipped classrooms. I know Bill Gates is a big supporter of this (I believe he just gave 15 million dollars to the Khan Academy). The video lectures remind me of pencasts, which I find highly valuable. I completely agree with Mr. Khan about the value of video instruction -- being able to review, repeat, pace, use flexibly and in your own room, etc. I see it as a great supplement, but not, as Bill Gates says, THE future of education (I see it as one part of the future of education).
Also, throughout the talk, Khan compares the Academy to "traditional" classrooms. There are many ways to improve upon the traditional classroom, including, but not limited to, using video and flipped lessons.
Here are some resources I've collected:
Although this school is not in my district, it is really neat in what they are doing. It is a private school in Austin. They are flipping their clasrooms by using iPad. See The Journal Article.