What the Flip?!


Screen grab from super explanatory video on Flipped Learning from University of Texas at Austin's Faculty Innovation Center. (See the whole video at the end of this post.)

Screen grab from great explanatory video on Flipped Learning from University of Texas at Austin’s Faculty Innovation Center. (See the whole video at the end of this post.)

As teachers continue to find different ways to bridge the gap between traditional schooling and the digital age, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. There are so many approaches and so much lingo to keep up with! The more you Google the more you find, and eventually end up down a crazy tech-meets-classroom-rabbit hole and are left thinking, “WHAT THE FLIP?!”

Which leads me to the next topic- Flipped Learning. Yes! It’s a thing. But what exactly is it?

What is Flipped Learning?

According to the Flipped Learning Network, “Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.” Basically, it’s like when a teacher tells you to watch a video before class on a topic she/he will be discussing the next day. When students arrive to class, it allows more time for conversation and analysis of the topic.

The Four Pillars of FLIP

As with all things in this digital age, FLIP is actually an acronym. Each letter represents a pillar of Flipped Learning. as The Edvocate summarizes, the four pillars are:

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