Why I chose this:
I am always interested in different ways educational material can be presented. In my effort to build on my ever-growing knowledge of blended, flipped, and other non-traditional classrooms, I am hoping this will add to my awareness.
What I learned:
FlippedLearning.org partnered with ESC in Milton, PA to offer services to area schools.
"What is the best use of my face-to-face class time?"
Not just classroom - how about board meetings, professional development, parent-teacher night, other meetings, etc.
Flipped Classrooms vs Flipped Learning
Flipped Classroom - Direct lecture to moved from classroom to individual learning space (home, library, etc). Basically becomes homework.
Flipped Learning - Move from teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered learning environment.
- Does not happen overnight - process. Start with lesson, collaborate, create.
- Extended Lab Time
- Demos, conversations, model congress/un, etc
- Art shows
- Entrepreneurial Programs
Leads to various teaching methods:
- Mastery Learning
- Project/Problem learning/inquiry
- Peer instruction
- Socratic method
- Writers' Workshops
- Service Learning
Flipped is a subset of Blended Learning - Engagement is at center.
"We have a square and a rectangle." (as said by a workshop participant) GettingSmart.org
Tools of the Trade
- Desktop, laptop, mobile
- Wall Displays
- Subject-specific instruments
- Lecture capture software
- Storage site
- Learning analytics
- Method(s) for communication
- Curate (YouTube, Kahn, etc), create you own or hybrid of that (copyright, CCL, free, fee)
- Assessments (surveys, quizzes, formative summative)
Edgar Dale's Cone of Learning - 90% of memory - simulate, model, experiment.
Bloom's Revised Taxonomy
Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge levels
Foundations of Flipped Learning
PA ESC worked with teachers and a Pearson Flipped program to learn more and support other teachers in the region. Funded via grant money initially, so they wanted to sustain the program. Totally teacher driven (13 teachers) - collaborating, they took the foundations of flipped learning course, no pay offered to teachers but offered things like some tech equipment and sent them to flippedcon. The teachers developed their own method of communication. Some use Facebook, some wikispaces. Storing videos on a 'relay server.' The ESC serves to help get the group to meet together face-to-face and/or help get resources requested. ESC asked for teachers to keep data - be honest: working, not working, etc. Most teachers in their cohort are science and math - more in-depth material and more material being covered. Assessments show growth and understanding.
Some districts were already recording content for absent students but not doing the flipped side. Snagit or Camtasia used to record screens. Teachers were given some training. Initial videos were rough, but have gotten better over time. Eduvision is a streaming server with subchannels to store the video in one place in the district.
PD for teachers: Flipped Learning Essentials (JDL Horizons)
Teach the teachers about the technology. Teach the students the application of the technology (they already know or will quickly pick up on the technology).
Four Pillars of Flipped Learning - www.flippedlearning.org/research
Combat Four Myths and Misconceptions
- Myth: Flipped Learning is all about videos. One example using recorded info: Writer workshop, teacher screen-records the student's paper, making comments and marks, then emails to student. Another: Teach how to analyze videos, etc.
- Myth: Flipped Learning Creates a Digital Divide - If you assign content as homework, students must have access (DVD, media centers, ipods, etc). Greg Green Clintondale
- Flipped Learning relies on Homework: must be decided within the culture of the districts and/or esc area.
- Flipped Learning Propagates Bad Teaching: Bad teaching is bad teaching. Period.
- Innovative, creative
- 85% over 7 yrs teaching experience
- 91% flipped for less than 2 yrs
- 95% secondary ed teachers
- Urban, rural, suburban, etc (anywhere, everywhere)
- 88% teachers reported improved job satisfaction
Case Study - Byron High School in Minnesota