This will be the first part of a 3 part series of the future of education: The Flipped Classroom.
The future of education is exciting. Technology is changing it in ways we have never imagined and the role of the educator is evolving in response to these changes.
So what is a flipped classroom? The flipped classroom is part of the 21st century learning revolution.
It’s basically reversing the traditional way of teaching.
The students are assigned to watch online instructional videos at home and then they come to school to do activities related to the topic of the instructional videos.
So the teacher does away with boring lectures and instead taps multimedia and interactive online resources for students to watch and learn from.
In the typical setup, the teacher would give homework or assignment after the lecture or ‘teaching’ of material. This time, in a flipped classroom, it is reserved.
The supposed homework or activities are done instead in the classroom under the supervision of the teacher. The teacher will assist the students if there are gaps in understanding from watching the online material and help the students navigate their way through the activities and assessment.
The online component of the flipped classroom is not just a resource base of videos and learning materials. It also taps discussion boards so that students can learn from each other. The teacher will be there to monitor the discussions and assist when necessary.
I would think that students who are shy in actual discussions would feel more comfortable sharing and discussing through an online forum.
So this concludes our introduction to the flipped classroom. Part 2 would go a bit deeper of the implications of this shift in the teaching -learning process. What does this mean for the students and what does this mean for the teachers?
Finally part 3 would explore how the flipped classroom is being done in advanced countries and how elements of this system can be done in the a third world country like the Philippines.
Check out this introductory resource about the basics of a flipped classroom.
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