The flipped classroom is a “reversed teaching model that delivers instruction at home through interactive, teacher-created videos and moves “homework” to the classroom.” ("Flipped Classroom." TechSmith - Screen Capture and Recording Software . N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Aug. 2012. http://www.techsmith.com/flipped-classroom.html)
It’s a way to use video as an instructional tool outside and inside the classroom. Teachers can use the video as a launching point to get to higher thinking. Students can even use the videos to help them catch up on concepts they don’t understand, or they can use the videos to move ahead. It can allow students to move at their own pace. Flipping the classroom can be a way to make learning come alive for students. It can be a way for students to start controlling their learning.
Flipping the classroom seems to be a lot of extra work for teachers. However, teachers who have applied this model in their classrooms have seen questions from outside the classroom start to come into the classroom. They have provided videos as a way of front loading. For example, the video will explain how to use certain tools that will be used in the classroom. This eliminates the need to spend time in class covering how to use the tools. Some teachers at the ISTE conference who are currently flipping their classrooms admitted that there is extra work on their part, but they can reuse the videos from year to year.
This video will show you how Aaron Sams, a science teacher at Woodland Park High School, uses the Flipped Classroom model.
So, is this an instructional model we can apply in our district? Many teachers have voiced concerns about trying to fit the new math and reading programs (Pearson SuccessNet and Reading Street) into their classrooms. Could they use the instructional videos found on those sites as a way to flip their classrooms?