Summer vacation is coming. For students everywhere, the summer months will be a blur of sunshine, summer jobs, road trips, and relaxation.
For teachers around the world, that warm weather bliss comes with one more opportunity — the chance to rethink and restructure their courses and reinvigorate their classrooms for the coming school year.
In recent years, educators have been using that summer session as a springboard to make the switch to a blended learning environment, using technology as a classroom assistant to help improve their students’ learning experiences.
And while teachers are continuing to find new ways to adopt blended learning principles, one particular application is quickly becoming the new go-to strategy: the flipped classroom.
Today 1 in 5 teachers are thinking about flipping their classroom.
With a flipped class model, students watch pre-recorded lectures before class, then use in-class time for discussion and engaging activities. Schools that have begun flipping their classrooms report increased student engagement, attendance, and overall achievement.
As simple as the definition is, however, the options are many. Today educators have developed dozens of strategies, tactics, and best practices for flipping a classroom.
The best way to prepare for your own inverted classroom is the same advice you give your students — spend a little time this summer reading. There’s no shortage of helpful resources — here are a few of ours:
Take a deeper look at the flipped classroom evolution, including the foundational strategy and early results that have so many teachers excited, in this white paper, The Practical Guide to Flipping Your Classroom.
The white paper covers recommended flipped classroom technologies for recording a variety of course content, sharing online videos with students, enabling video search, and more.
Bee Anatomy — A demonstration recording of course material using a laptop and an iPhone to record two streams of video simultaneously – the video of the faculty member that uses a webcam attached to a laptop, and the microscope video.
Biology — A simple screen recording-enabled lecture, showing presentation materials front and center for students to review.
If you’re ready to start flipping your classes, Panopto can help. To find out more about how other institutions are using our system for flipped learning sign up for a free 30-day trial today.