Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Journal #3: Upside down and inside out: Flip your classroom to improve student learning.

Fulton, K. (2012). Upside down and inside out: Flip your classroom to improve student learning. Learning & leading with technology, 12-17. Retrieved from

The concept of the flipped classroom is certainly an enticing one. For teachers, this idea that students will learn the bulk of their material at home through multimedia presentations is both exciting and scary. The exciting part is that in essence, teachers will get the majority of class time to interact with students, instead of the traditional lecture or lesson. Parents have claimed that this somewhat eliminates the need for expensive private tutors, as teachers have much more one-on-one time with their students. The scary part is two-fold. Teachers will have to create an entire digital library of information for their students to watch. For some of our technically challenged teachers, this could be quite the task. Not only this, but teachers will also need to create an entirely new system on how they conduct their class. They will no longer be primarily up in front of the class, but rather walking around and interacting personally with students.

Question 1: Would I use this method in my class?
A: Probably not right now.  I think the biggest issue for me would be that this system would clearly benefit student that had a stable home life. Students that are in charge of watching their brothers and sisters, or who have big families and don't have the resources to watch these videos, may not be able to get the proper instruction.

Question 2: What subjects do you think this would work the best for?
A: I think that this would probably the most beneficial for students in math. Students would be able to go at their own pace, which is often a problem in math class. Math is also probably the subject which benefits the most from one-on-one help with the teacher, and this system would allow for that.

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