So...How do I flip my classroom?
Flipping doesn't happen over night. It takes a lot of plan time and a change in classroom delivery. Here are the three main components of the flip...
1. You start the flip by creating a digital content delivery. You can do this by video taping yourself or your team teaching a lesson. Some teachers tape themselves in front of their whiteboard/interactive board or they use a screencasting tool on their computer. The videotaped content should be around 5-10 minutes, including the key components, events, vocabulary, etc. from the lesson. If you don't like videotaping yourself, see the August Tech Tips on the Khan Academy. Students will access the digital content from your webpage, wiki, My Big Campus, DVD (for students without internet). Included with the digital content assignment should be some type of assessment. This could include participating in a discussion thread, a blog or reflection, or a simple quiz.
2. The following school day you take quick inventory of the assessment that was included in step 1. Based on your findings, you will see natural groupings in your classroom. Students who clearly understand the content can be challenged with project based learning opportunities (you would need to preplan these options), students who have a basic understanding could work individually or collaboratively on getting a deeper understanding of the content (more preplanned options for re-teaching the content), and students who don't have a basic understanding are available for interventions. This is great opportunity for you to re-teach the content, review study skills, or be available for questions.
3. At the end of the lesson you will be able to review the content with all of your students, sharing examples from the original digital content to the deeper student investigated projects. You control the main content points and facilitate the rest.
That is the flipped classroom! If you think that flipping might be worth trying, I suggest starting small. Try one lesson first and see how it goes.
For the flip to work students need to be able to access your material from home. The easiest way to do this is to host your content online (on your website, wiki, My Big Campus page, etc.). I would start by surveying your class and seeing how many have internet access at home.
What if I have a student that doesn't have access?
See what the student does have. If they have a non internet enabled computer or DVD player, you could send the content home on a flash-drive or DVD. You could also setup before or after school time in the LMC for the student to access information.
More about flipping:
Check out the info-graphic below and watch the video on the right. Below the video is a link to a TodaysMeet chat. Please join the chat and give your thoughts/opinions about flipping your classroom.