Sep 19 2012

How the Flipped Classroom Is Transforming Education

Educators offer advice for moving to a learn now, lecture later approach.

As educators continue to search for ways technology can better engage students, few tactics have received more interest than the flipped classroom.

Spend a few minutes talking to students and it’s easy to see why the concept, in which educators record traditional lectures that students can view at home on their own, while using class time for collaboration and discussion, has garnered so much interest from schools.

At its most basic level, the flipped classroom gives students more control over their educations, allowing them to start and stop or rewind important lectures to focus on key points. Beyond that, the process allows teachers to spend classroom time engaging students in discussion and the hands-on training and critical thinking required for career success.

If you have been thinking about moving to a flipped-classroom model in your school or had discussions about what such a change might mean for teachers and students, take two minutes to watch this video featuring flipped-classroom educators and pioneers Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams. The interview, filmed by technology provider Cisco at the International Society for Technology in Education 2012 conference in San Diego in June, highlights several benefits of the flipped classroom and provides advice for educators poised to make the switch.

A few highlights about the flipped classroom:

  • It gives students more control over their education.
  • It allows students to choose when and where they receive instruction.
  • It lets teachers talk to every student in every class.
  • It turns learning into a two-way conversation between teachers and students.

Want to hear more insights from educators about what the flipped classroom means for education? Check out, “How a Flipped Classroom Model Can Change the World.”



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