The flipped classroom model involves the use of technology and online media to improve learning in the classroom. In short the teacher spends more time interacting with students in the classroom rather than presenting to them.
The most common example of this is when teachers create videos (or use other resources such as YouTube or Khan Academy) that students view outside of class time prior to the lesson. This means they are prepared to take part in learning activities during lesson time. This form of lesson preparation the well known technique of setting ‘Prep’ used by UK independent and other private schools. The only difference being the media delivery.
What used to be the presentation delivered by the teacher is now consumed at home via online media (or offline material downloaded to a device prior to leaving school) and what used to be homework (assigned tasks) is now done in class as cognitive reinforcement tasks.
Tablets are the perfect partner for flipped lessons, the mobile nature of the devices allows students to have easy access at home and at school, pupils can work at their own pace and staff can make use of apps that make creating flipped resources simple.
Managing Director of the Tablet Academy, Mark Yorke said
"With digital presentations, students can refer back to the content at any time. This allows gifted and talented students to work at their own pace, and less able pupils now have more opportunities to refer back to the presentation when they are struggling. Plus the teacher is now free to roam the classroom and provide additional input where needed."
"Another benefit to the flipped environment is the teacher can create a library of presentations they can use on more than one occasion. Eventually they can have pre-prepared presentations for all lessons meaning staff can share good practice, save time and access presentations for cover sessions."
Tablet Academy CEO, Professor Steve Molyneux said
"The Flipped Classroom movement is gaining traction from across the sector and many teachers are creating resources and sharing these altruistically with fellow educators. This is leading to a significant number of ‘Free Agent Learning’ repositories that both teachers and students access. Such is the growth of this model that the Welsh Assembly through their HWB initiative are creating learning outcome based small video clips, for the entire curriculum both in English and in Welsh”
“What is required are innovative teachers and Heads who are willing to cast off the shackles imposed by the use of technology to automate current teaching and learning practice and begin to explore these new didactic models which support more fully the independent learner."
The Tablet Academy are delivering a "Flipping the Classroom" event on the 2nd December at the BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, Covent Garden, London. Tickets are £99 per person and can be reserved at http://www.tablet-academy.com/events/flipping.html.