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:
Educators create flexible spaces where students choose when and where they learn. Additionally, educators who flip their classes are flexible in their expectations of student timelines for learning and in their assessments of student learning.
In a Flipped Learning model, in-class time is dedicated to exploring topics in greater depth and creating rich learning opportunities. As a result, students are actively involved in knowledge construction as they participate in and evaluate their learning in a manner that is personally meaningful.
Flipped Learning Educators determine what they need to teach and what materials students should handle on their own. Educators use Intentional Content to maximize classroom time in order to adopt methods of student-centered, active learning strategies, depending on grade level and subject matter.
The role of a Professional Educator is even more important, and often more demanding, in a Flipped Classroom than in a traditional one. During class time, they need to observe students, providing them with instant feedback and an assessment their work. While Professional Educators take on less visibly prominent roles in a flipped classroom, they remain the essential part that enables Flipped Learning to occur successfully.
Flipped Learning is NOT Blended Learning
Although they have similarities because they share the idea of combining digital with brick and mortar (and both feature the word learning the name), blended learning
and flipped learning are NOT
the same thing. When it comes to flipped learning the student watches a video and then that is discussed in class. Blended learning is a mix of online and classroom learning. You focus on a topic and the digital and traditional aspects are meant to complement each other. They, well, blend.
Hopefully, this provided some clarity as to what flipped learning is. Next, we will have a post on tips of how to flip your classroom and why it’s beneficial. In the meantime, why don’t you check out 7 Generation Games, games that make you smarter
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