external image flipped-classroom.jpgWhat is Flipped Learning?
Fundamentally, "flipped learning" is the use of videos/screencasts as instructional tools. It is called "flipped" because the direct instruction, which is traditionally done in class, happens at home and the practice and application of learning, which is traditionally done as homework, is done in class. The traditional paradigm is "flipped."

There is no one methodology called "The Flipped Classroom." And there are many reasons that teachers implement various versions of flipped learning.
  • to front load the learning that will happen in class
  • to provide instruction to students who, for various reasons, are absent from class
  • for remediation, to help students who would benefit from watching/listening to content instruction more than once
  • to create time in class for individualized interaction and support
  • to allow for individualized pacing in a mastery learning model
  • to provide differentiated instruction
  • to provide students with more in-depth feedback on their work (Teachers record themselves discussing and grading student work.)

Types of videos/vodcasts:
  • Teachers create videos themselves. (For example watch "Why It Has to be Me" that explains one teacher's views about the importance of teachers creating their own videos.)
    • record themselves lecturing and/or demonstrating concepts and mini lessons in class (just set up recording device and press record) then share raw footage
    • record themselves talking as they screencast their own powerpoint or Smartboard lessons (requires learning simple screencasting tools
    • create edited videos of their ideal "best lesson ever," including real world clips that demonstrate concepts (requires learning basic video editing creation tools like iMovie, and finding time to both film and edit the video/movie)
  • Teachers use videos created by others
    • Already created videos by other educators or students allows for hearing the instruction from a different voice or perspective such as Khan Academy and Math Train TV.
  • Students create the videos, sometimes as assessments of their own learning: 10th Grade PE/DT (PW: Bulldogs)

Links to resources:

Why I Flipped My Classroom video (3:28) by Katie Gimbar, algebra teacher at Durant Road Middle School

Jon Bergmann's blog/website: http://flipped-learning.com/
Jon and his colleague Aaron Sams are two science teachers who have worked extensively with the ideology and various permutations of
a "Flipped Classroom."
On Jon's website you will find really helpful blog posts, videos, and other resources to help you understand and implement this teaching/
learning tool.

Use TED-Ed and YouTube videos to flip instruction and receive student feedback. To learn how, sign in to your Atomic Learning account and watch this tutorial.


Aaron Sam's blog: http://chemicalsams.blogspot.com/
Aaron reflects on the evolution of his implementation of flipped teaching.

Teacher Vodcasting and Flipped Classroom Network: http://vodcasting.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
The Flipped Class Manifest provides many links to resources to learn about flipped teaching
Including Are You Ready to Flip?
Watch, Know, Learn : Free PK-12 videos for learning all subject areas. You can also filter by the age of the student (3-18+)
Learning4Mastery links to many video resources for HS sciences

Q&A Responses from Alan November on Flipped Teaching (as a PDF)
  • Age Groups
  • Class Subjects and Content
  • Foreign Countries and Languages
  • Class Time

Teachers at Le Jardin Academy who are currently in some stage of Flipping:

Amy Burvall: historyteachers
Sean Connors: sconnorslja
Windy Cummings:smartmathteacher
Micah Hirokawa: ljaukalelechoir
Marcia Huber: http://vimeo.com/30044389



People to follow on Twitter: (many of these people have general posts about flipped teaching and peer instruction)
@jonbergmann (Jon Bergmann) & jonbergmann.com
@chemicalsams (Aaron Sams) & chemicalsams.blogspot.com
@flippedschool (Greg Green) & www.flippedhighschool.com
@julieschell (Julie Schell) & http://blog.peerinstruction.net/