Over the last few years, the flipped classroom has rapidly gained popularity among teachers and school administrators. According to recent studies, 1 in 5 teachers are considering flipping their classrooms, with 1 in 4 school administrators are interested in implementing this trend. And according to the THE Journal, the number of active members on the Flipped Learning Network’s Ning site has grown from just 2,500 to more than 15,000 since January 2012.
But what is a flipped classroom, exactly?
And why are teachers flipping for the flipped classroom?
In flipped classrooms, also known as inverted classrooms, students review lecture materials before class as homework. In-class time is dedicated to discussions, interactive exercises, and independent work that would have previously been completed at home — all under the guidance of the teacher, who is present and available to respond to any questions that may arise.
The materials reviewed prior to class can take the form of recorded lectures, curated videos, reading assignments, video broadcasts — any material that the instructor assigns as relevant to the topic at hand.
What makes the flipped classroom so compelling for many instructors is the improvement in the student experience. Flipping the classroom enables educators to improve the classroom experience in a number of ways.
For educators planning to make the flip, one question to resolve is the technology needed to deliver course content to their students. Video plays a major role in the majority of flipped classrooms, and as such, schools must consider the platform used to record and stream video content to their students. Without a plan to manage the technical aspects of managing a flipped classroom, educators risk limiting the benefits to this new pedagogical style.
Technical Considerations For Flipped Classrooms
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