The Flipped Classroom is the latest revolution in teaching. It’s a simple twist on the classic format — lectures are recorded and shared for students to review ahead of class time, along with supplemental readings, videos, and other materials.
In exchange, flipping the classroom opens up class time for teachers to make better use of the limited time in which they can interact with students directly — opening up a host of new active learning opportunities that can help students really learn the day’s lesson.
The first half of flipping the classroom is relatively straightforward — just use the webcam on a laptop or smartphone to record the key points of the day’s topic that would otherwise be covered as a lecture. That video can then be shared with students via a video platform like Panopto, or on a public site like YouTube.
But what about the second half? How can you fill your flipped class time?
27 Ideas for Structuring Your Flipped Class Time
The power of the flipped classroom is that it teaches students the basics before they get to class. With that foundational knowledge already acquired, teachers can then open up the classroom for interactive discussion and activity focused on building deeper comprehension of the subject matter.
For many teachers, the most fun aspect of the flipped classroom is that it does away with the repetition of traditional one-way lectures and instead creates a learning environment where every day is a little different — and every lesson can be tailored to whatever activity best teaches the material.
That often means on a day-to-day basis, a flipped classroom can look pretty different, depending on what’s being taught, and how the students in the classroom best learn.
There’s almost no limit to the number of ways you can structure your flipped class time for maximum interactivity and learning. For those new to flipping, or experienced flippers looking for new ideas, check out the infographic below, 27 Ways to Flip the Classroom, shared by Epigogy’s Mia MacMeekin.
MacMeekin’s list is filled with smart, creative ideas to get your inverted classroom thinking and learning. Just a few of our favorites:
- Crowdsource — nothing encourages learning quite like seeing how ideas are applied in the real world. Tasking students with finding examples — even recording video of those examples with a smartphone or webcam — can be a great way for students to see their subjects outside the realm of the textbook.
- Visit — field trips have been a staple of education at every level for generations, and for good reason: seeing things up close is a great way to learn. And for flipped classrooms, trips to museums, work sites, and other relevant locations can be a valuable source of new video for follow-up lectures on the subject.
- Go Mobile — whether it’s talking or texting, asking students to discuss a subject with others outside the class is a strong way to help them understand how a topic relates to the world at large, how it’s changed over time, and how others perceive it. And if you insist they include their parents in one of those discussions, it’s a great way to bring the whole family in on the lesson.
Try Flipping Your Classroom With Panopto!
The flipped classroom has the potential to open up class time and encourage interactive learning in a way never before possible. Making full use of flipped class time is a new challenge — but one that comes with the promise of helping students engage and learn more than ever before.
Panopto makes flipping the classroom easy, with flexible video presentation software that teachers can use to record lectures anytime, anywhere, from any device — and share them instantly with students on a secure video library.
Ready to try flipping your classroom with video? Contact our team for a free trial of Panopto today.