Sunday, September 11, 2011

Could online classrooms be close to the "Flip"?

I'm listening to an interview by Alan November with two science teachers who are using a flipped model of learning for their classrooms. (Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams)
This podcast explains how these two teachers have "flipped" their classrooms to allow students to take ownership for learning and allow more time to support learning in the classroom.

Instead of the teacher lecturing in front of the class, they put their presentations online so that students can access the learning resources and lectures on their own time. Other resources related to what needs to be learned are provided as well. When the students come to school, they are following up on the lectures, completing labs, reviewing notes, collaborating with each other and discussing what they have learned with the teacher. The "stuff for learning" is available online for everyone, including parents.

Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams have been making videos of their lectures and providing links to their students so that they have access the instructional material at home. They are considered the first teachers to introduce the "flipped" model of the classroom.

If you are taking a senior science course, you might find that these teachers have an entertaining way of presenting lectures. You can go to their web site, find related subjects and lessons to find full lessons.

If you are a senior science teacher, you might consider this learning model for your face to face classroom. If you have been using Kahn Academy to learn about math and science, you will probably like the way these presentations are put together.

I believe there are some interesting parallels between the "flipped" classroom and distance learning. I am wondering if the student centred learning approach used by teachers in the online courses approximates a flipped model of learning. What are your thoughts?

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