To flip or not to flip? That is the question all modern educators are wrestling with.
If you’re on a hunt for a concise but thorough overview of the flipped classroom model, you are not alone.
The first time I came across the term, I immediately turned to Google for help. And I can assure you, I wasn’t the first one to do so. I asked Google Trends to prove that, too.
It’s quite an impressive graph, wouldn’t you agree?
Thousands of searches every month: the flipped classroom, flipped learning, how to flip, flipped lessons, flip classroom, etc. We’ve just got to know it all.
So what is the flipped classroom?
Well, it’s a technology-powered teaching model, when students watch mini-videos at home to prepare for tomorrow’s class. The approach is well-liked amongst both educators and students, because it frees up a lot of time in-class, which can be used for group projects, discussions and personalized class assignments that help students learn more deeply. [read the case study in the guide]
It’s also fairly new, so you can imagine the abundance of different opinions, examples and – wait for it – lack of all-encompassing sources.
How did I come about writing A Teacher’s Practical Guide to the Flipped Classroom?
When my Google search turned up “about 2,020,000 results” on the flipped classroom, I was thrilled.
Doesn’t a huge number of search hits indicate a colossal amount of knowledgeable resources? I thought my research would turn into a greatly enjoyable and well-caffeinated reading afternoon.
So off I went, swiftly hopping from tab to tab, lingering on relevant paragraphs like fairytale crumbles… It felt fantastic. For exactly half an hour. Then I realised I was neck-deep in fragmented bits of information and my Chrome had started showing signs of dramatic crash.
“Why isn’t there one comprehensive guide to grasp it all?”, I fumed.
By that time my research was turning into something tangible and really quite useful. So I took a little leap of faith and got in touch with some of the industry’s brightest experts to gauge their opinions and insights into the future of education. Their thoughts were more than illuminating.
It took me a couple of weeks of vigorous reading and analysing to get a well-rounded understanding of what the flipped classroom is all about. I decided to blend the insights I’ve gathered with the experts’ views and write up something that others would find useful, too. Time is money, we shouldn’t be left to drown in the abyss of Google search results. (Please remember to tell me if you found it useful.)
So, what’s in the guide?
It’s possible you’re feeling slightly overwhelmed by the whole flipping, blending, going hybrid buzz, so make yourself a cup of coffee and let us take your pain away. Perhaps, it’s time to just
do flip it.
In the guide:
- To flip or not to flip? An honest overview of benefits & risks
- Leading industry experts’ insights into the role of video in education
- A real-life case study of a flipped classroom
- The ultimate checklist of things to consider before flipping
- 12 Practical EdTech tools to make your life easier
- Time-saving tips on crafting lesson plans for the flipped classroom