Part 1: The Future of Education: Flip it!

This will be the first part of a 3 part series of the future of education: The Flipped Classroom.

Flipped!

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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Argee Abadines

Argee Abadines is the founder and chief content engineer of this website. He is a brain based educator and his educational interests are higher order thinking, creativity, and educational technology. He currently teaches high school business studies and economics. Previously, he taught English to primary students. He reads up regularly about trends in education and online media. You can visit his personal blog at pinoyminimalist.com

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Comments

  1. This is good information in transitional teaching from the conventional way. I like too your updates on Finland’s educational system..thanks

  2. Argee hi..I’m moving to a christian elementary school as its principal. Do you have any suggestion how to start overhauling the curriculum for effective teaching? with only 65 students and 10 years in existence is not much of a growth. And what about K-12?

    • Hi Tess,

      Thanks for the questions. Congrats on moving to a new school :)

      Will ask you some questions and send you my ideas to your email :)

      Argee

  3. This is an interesting read. I am a teacher and I would love to see Philippine education system evolve into something like this and come up with teaching innovations like this. Our Filipino students deserve more than an outdated computer classrooms and books. Will wait for the other post on flipped classroom.:)

    • Thank you Bianca! :) Am glad you share the same perspective. We really need to move towards 21st century type of teaching and learning methods and end those obsolete and ineffective teaching strategies of the past.

  4. Its really a great idea but I was just thinking, what about those schools that dont have these materials?

  5. this is a good idea, but i hope it will not be implemented soon in our education system. i think our educators and children are not yet ready for it :)

  6. Flip education might will help children balance learning and enjoying their childhood. At least they don’t have to spend 8-9 hours at school. Parents supervision is highly essential.

  7. if only internet is also accessible for the poor ones, building new classrooms and having books will be no problem for the kids.

  8. The concept of flip classroom is interesting. As a mother, I’m very much open to these innovative teaching and learning practices. If this kind of teaching is to be implemented here, it may be available only to private schools on the first few years because the government don’t have enough funds for these new ideas and approaches.

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