Incorporating technology into student learning is increasing dramatically as more and more schools become connected and more and more students have access to laptops and devices. Of the many emerging techniques for integrating tech and digital learning into the classroom, the flipped classroom is one of the most effective. But what exactly is a flipped classroom and how can it benefit your students? A flipped classroom (also known as flip teaching and the Thayer Method) is a learning environment where students learn new content on their own by watching video lectures or other online sources and assigned problems (traditional “homework”) are completed in class with teachers offering personalized guidance instead of lectures. Essentially the classroom has been flipped from a traditional learning environment.
How Can A Flipped Classroom Benefit My Students?
- A flipped classroom allows students to learn on their own time and at their own pace. This allows you to give them more one-on-one instruction as well as give your students the opportunity to ask questions about the subject matter that they find confusing or difficult.
- A flipped classroom allows students to have more time for collaborating with other students which can be a great learning experience for the students and as a way for them to build their teamwork abilities.
- When a student is watching a video lecture, for instance, the lecture is free of interruptions to distract the students and can be replayed as often as the student would like. This extends to when a student is preparing for an exam as they can go back and review previous lectures.
- After students engage with a digital lesson or watch a video at home, they can brainstorm questions to ask you which can open the floor for a discussion about anything that may have been unclear or confusing. Coming to class prepared with ideas and questions is a great way to jumpstart the class and share ideas between students.
- Sick days will no longer interrupt a student’s ability to learn. With a flipped classroom, students engage with a lesson on their own time and an absence will not detract from them learning the material. On the same note, when you are absent from school, your students will not suffer from a substitute’s inability to teach your lesson. The substitute only needs to oversee students working on their assignments in the classroom and be able to answer questions instead of introducing new content.
- Often times, multiple teachers are teaching the same course. If you have all created a flipped classroom, you can give students access to different teachers’ digital content and videos in order to increase their comprehension of the subject matter. By allowing students to have access to multiple styles of teaching, this will increase their comprehension of the subject.
How Can I Create A Flipped Classroom?
Creating a flipped classroom is takes only a few steps:
- First you will create a video of the lesson or string together multiple online and digital resources into a lesson. This can entail recording yourself speaking or curating other educator’s material or a combination of the two. In addition you can also ask questions via Google Forms. Alchemy SmartBinder provides you with a free tool to create a flipped classroom as well.
- Next you share the video or digital lesson with students via your school’s email system, your teacher site, or even tweet the link to your students.
- Spend your class time differently. Instead of spending class time as you normally would by lecturing the students, provide one-on-one instruction to ensure that the students fully grasp the material.
Flipping your classroom is a great way to change up your teaching style and give the students a new way to learn the material.