My daily readings 12/07/2012

  • tags: flipped classroom education

      • Positives:


        • Helps kids who were absent, stay current.
        • Helps kids who don’t get the lesson the first time in class.
        • Good resource for teacher assistants or student support staff who may not know the curriculum or may not know what to focus on.
        • Can attach Google spreadsheets or other online quizzes to check for comprehension, along with the video link sent to students.
      • Negatives:


        • I have a long way to go in my skill set in making the videos interesting (they, to me anyway, are really boring to watch).
        • I’m not sure how much they (the videos) are being utilized. There are just certain items that are learned better through direct one on one contact.
        • I know as I’m teaching, I get direct feedback from my students by looking at their faces and gauging comprehension. I as a teacher don’t get that feedback as I’m designing and creating my videos.”
      • Candy aslo feels the videos boring.
    • Math and Science so far seem to be the most logical subjects to try out a flipped classroom. And as you have read, English has demonstrated some use of videos in the classroom as well.


      However, I was also pleasantly surprised to hear from one of our Social Studies instructors, who teaches a World History class, and who has enjoyed using the flip model as a supplement to his curriculum.

    • However, many students are ‘learning’ how to read at that level.  The videos (or the Wiki sites) allow for an additional type of stimulus for better comprehension.  And, the videos may be played more than once, or paused so a student can make some notes if necessary.  Sometimes it is just late at night when students begin their homework.  The videos are refreshing and entertaining, and may allow many to increase their literacy by having that ‘access’ to the text that may not have been available if they were to simply trudge through the work taking bland notes.”
    • As educators, shouldn’t our ultimate goal be to help students become “learners, who can learn for themselves, by themselves.” (-Aaron Sams,Learning4Mastery)


      The final thing I have come to understand is that the flipped classroom model, or any other technology-driven teaching method, will forever be embraced by early adopters, questioned and tested by experienced practitioners, and flat out dismissed by other pundits and traditionalists. But isn’t that what makes life-long learning so interesting and fun? Let the debate continue.

      • Interest idea comparing to early adopter, mainstream adoption. There are many concepts which are not accepted by mainstream. 

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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