Alchemical Thoughts

Brief notes on topic of flipped classrooms

Posted on: March 8, 2013

These are my notes from a Teaching and Learning Lunch I attended last October. I jotted these down in my journal, and I am putting them here so I have another place where I can find the notes.

  • So, what is it? It turns lectures into homework. Do your lectures ahead of time, and students can watch them before they come into class. You can then spend the class time on interactive activities.
  • The class dynamic goes from passive to active.
  • This is based on “blended learning.” It is not just “online learning.” The technology supports the classroom.
  • No “one size fits all” when it comes to using technology.
  • You don’t have to be tech savvy, but you may become savvy as you use more things.
  • Avoid being overwhelmed. Start with small steps. Pick and choose, see what works, adapt.
  • To flip your classroom, you don’t have to create all videos or tutorials. You can often find good resources online, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Explore various screencast options. Some are online and free.
  • Check the site of the Flipped Learning Network: . Check out their book Flip Your Classroom.

Remember, you transform your classroom as a teacher. No technology will do it for you. The technology supports the classroom culture.


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