To Flip or not to flip?
In my search to have more technology in the classroom I came across the flipped classroom. What is a flipped classroom you ask? It is simply where the lecture and homework are reversed. Viewing the lecture at home prior to class gives the opportunity for classroom discussions and activities that otherwise would not be had because that time would be used for the traditional lecture.
The flipped classroom is a model of teaching started by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams. They discovered a new method of teaching that improves teaching by having students become self-directed learners. This came from their desire to have videos of their lectures available for their student who were absent. They would record these lectures and post them online. They started to notice that more students were using the videos then just the absent ones. They then started posting these videos online and had the students watch it prior to class so they could discuss the things in more detail the next day. Thus, this method was born.
The Flipped Classroom and 21st Century Learning
The flipped classroom from it’s birth was based on technology. The flipped learning method is a product of 21st century learning. It only came out because of advances that have been made in modern history that has made things so easy to obtain after a few click of some buttons. Flipped learning promotes creativity, again this comes a lot of times, hand in hand with collaboration. When the students are free to make mistakes and be creative with their work. Flipped learning promotes collaboration. One views the lecture at their convenience then brings their knowledge to the “educational table” and presents to the rest of the class their ideas. Students then are able to communicate and be creative with their ideas and thoughts with partners or larger portions of the class. Their is no time table allotted for the students learning. Students can watch and read as much as they want and go back and do it again and again if they needed. This shows how the flipped classroom promotes critical thinking. The solution Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams gave if their student didn’t have internet or a computer, they burned the lesson onto a DVD and gave them to the students. There is no excuse.
So first things first, I know it seems basic but I want to show some tips using their emails. You would not believe how many teachers and students can't do this. If you are more advanced then check out my more in depth things.
Once you get your email working I will take you on a tour of Google Drive and a Brief Google Docs overview
I had my students keeping a digital journal this past year. So logically, I will show you how to create a digital journal using Google Docs.
Click on any of the above pics to take you to the HOW-TO page!