Coming Soon to a School Near You: The Flipped Classroom
“Technology is disrupting the education ecosystem,” writes Gartner Research analyst Bill Rust in his latest Agenda Overview for K-12 Education. He adds: “The key for CIOs and their school agency colleagues is to anticipate, if not encourage, significant differences in the path, the pace and the place of delivering education services.”
Innovation in the classroom continues to march forward. As teachers from kindergarten to graduate school experiment with new pedagogies and alternative instructional concepts, every day we’re discovering new ideas for helping students learn more effectively.
One of the fastest-growing technology-driven trends: flipped classrooms.
CBS News reports that today 1 in 5 teachers is either already flipping their classrooms or has expressed interest in doing so.
Research by THE Journal found more of the same, noting the flipped classroom is now “far more than a fad.”
According to THE Journal, “Just since January 2012, the number of active members on the Flipped Learning Network’s Ning site has grown from 2,500 to more than 15,000. Members have formed more than 50 related topic groups.”
The reasons for this learning model’s popularity are many. It allows for more group learning and discussion. It allows for self-paced learning. And it helps students receive more support in class than they otherwise would have, including additional instruction and feedback.
For Eastern Michigan University professor Frank J. Fedel, though, it all comes down to one thing: finding more time for student-teacher interaction.
“Students don’t all learn at the same rate, and we can’t adjust the pace of our live lectures to accommodate the entire range of student abilities,” he says. “Having a recorded version allows students to control the presentation themselves and learn at their own pace.”
At Panopto, we’re committed to giving teachers the easiest solution for flipping their classroom. With our software, lectures and micro-lecture videos can be recorded from any laptop — in the classroom, at home, or out in the field.
Once recorded, lecture videos can be automatically uploaded to a school’s video library so that students can view them on their laptops, smart phones, and tablets.