In a flipped classroom, students explore concepts and review materials at home so they are better prepared to engage in collaborative and hands-on work while inside the classroom.
This can be achieved in a variety of ways, including providing students with video or other materials to review outside of class, as well giving them the opportunity to reflect on what they’ve seen.
Use the following hints to help ensure that your students are well prepared for in-class activities such as labs, experiments, project-based learning, and debates before they walk into the classroom.
1. Make your materials easy to find. Your learning platform should allow you to embed videos and other media into courses, making it easy for students to know where to access your flipped classroom materials.
2. Ask students to do more than just watch. Encourage students to immediately reflect on what they’ve seen outside of class so they are better able to work together in the classroom to apply what they’ve learned.
3. Save time by using pre-made content from your learning community, or sites such as Teacher Tube, Khan Academy, National Geographic or PBS LearningMedia. Your learning platform should provide an easy way to embed these materials into your assignments.
4. Create your own videos from within your learning platform. If you have the time and desire to create your own videos, check to see if your learning platform will allow you to record at the click of a button.
5. Include a poll with your flipped classroom materials. With student input, you’ll get a clear direction of their understanding and next steps needed in teaching a particular concept. Polls can also allow students to voice their opinions, paving the way for deeper discussions during class time.
6. Make videos or other flipped materials part of an assignment. If you embed a video or an image, such as a work of art, on a page of an assignment, you can ask students to submit reflections or even questions about the materials that everyone can then discuss in class the next day. In addition, by viewing a report on who has submitted their reflections, you can track that a student has actually watched the materials you assigned for homework.
7. Embed video or other media into a discussion board. Ask students to reflect on the material and collaborate with their peers for homework. Use the next day’s class period to extend the discussion and clarify concepts.
8. Include videos or images in assessments and surveys. Ask students to view and then answer questions about an image or video for homework. Review results before the next class to help determine where students should focus their learning.
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