The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture | User Generated Education

This is finally becoming possible for me to implement!  I have been posting videos and resources on a student website and it has received a very favourable response from my students.  They seem to enjoy it for a number of reasons:

1.  They can learn on any device at any time or place that suits them.

2.  They control the pace of learning by pausing, watching again or viewing linked videos on the same topic.

3.  They don’t have to worry about being embarrassed to ask questions in front of the whole class.

4.  Their parents can see that they are actually using technology to learn, not just play games and socialise.

5.  They attach more value to learning by using videos, blogs and website links than they do to listening to me drone on in class!

6.  The reward of self-motivation is much more evident because they can participate readily in class the next day.

There are many more reasons that this is working well, but my favourite is a quote from a student when he commented at the bottom of the video post: ”thank you sir this really helped and taught me a new method.” 

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4 comments on “The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture | User Generated Education

  1. Some teachers in my school teach in a flipped classroom. I’ve never had the opportunity to see firsthand how it works but I am really curious. I have so many questions! My most pressing question is about the videos themselves. Do you make them? are they of you or are they of a board (like an ActivBoard) with narration?

    • At the moment, I’m just embedding good videos that I’ve found on YouTube so that the students don’t have to find the best ones. They watch the ones that I’ve chosen for them so that we can talk about them in class. I’m already working on making my own, but I first want to make sure that I have an engaging or unique approach that the kids will enjoy. What do you think is best?

      • That sounds great. YouTube has so many great Math videos. Honestly, when I didn’t know what the heck my professors were saying in grad school I turned to YouTube for explanation of everything from Calculus to Java! I am lucky to work in a school that does not block YouTube. Have you ever tried that program IXL? I like it a lot but ONLY as a fun supplement, not as an evaluative tool. Another blogger I follow wrote about the disaster in his school now that IXL is used for evaluation.

        Back to videos! Do you find the kids all watch the videos? Are there any kids who don’t have access to the internet from home? I sometimes worry about internet access with some of my kids. How long are the videos you have them watch?

        I apologize for all the questions if they are annoying! You can just ignore me! 🙂

      • I love your questions because I face so many of the same challenges. It’s a pleasure to be able to discuss and share ideas, so thanks for being so enthusiastic. I did try IXL a while back but I haven’t looked at it in a long time so I’ll check it out again.

        The YouTube videos, if chosen carefully, get a far better response from kids than any other homework I’ve given them. So I really try hard to choose the ones that they will want to watch. It works especially well with songs, funny or quirky videos or just ones that are very clearly and colourfully presented. I also try to choose the shortest possible explanations without losing the quality of the content. It’s also really important that the students trust your judgement and know that you will not make them watch something that’s a waste of their time. So I make sure that I watch every video carefully (it’s easier than having to make my own) and then I give them a little hint in class of what the video is like, for example I’ll say “the lady explains it very well but you’ll love the part where she tells the little story about her cat”. That way the kids can’t wait to go home and watch it!

        If they don’t have access at home, I encourage them to use the school computers during break, lunch or after school. Some will even go to a friend and watch together which is great because they discuss it and have fun doing it.

        It’s still quite new for us too, but I’m determined to move forward with ICT and keep students interested! >

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