Jan 23, 2015

#fetc Switching to a Flipped Classroom: Concept to Practice

#fetc Switching to a Flipped Classroom: Concept to Practice 

Why I chose this:
I am interested to see what this presenter has to say about flipping the classroom. Now that I am in the session, I see it is hosted by Brian Lamb with Swivl. I can only assume that means this will be another vendor-sponsored session. That's not bad, but it seems there are not many teacher/district-led sessions here.

What we covered:
Lamb has been involved with hands-on, individualized learning (at university level, not k12). Flipped - current uses, impact on students, best practices. How swivl fits.

78% of teachers have tried flipping; up from 48% 2 yrs ago (based on poll Sophia.com)
Teacher-led initiative. 92% tried on their own. Not top-down.
90% of teachers noticed a change in student engagement.

Not a technique that has been wholesale adopted. Some scenarios do not warrant flipping the classroom. Why? Not top-down. Teachers have not been trained. Takes a lot of work to switch gears.

Best Practices:

  • Variety of content sources should be used.
  • Content should be engaging and concise.
  • Engagement should be measured and tracked - how do you know the students did the work.
  • Tackling as a team helps share best practices.


  • Hard to find existing content online that fits what they are doing.
  • Takes big effort to create engaging, original content.
  • Lack of tools to track engagement
  • Schools not structured for teacher collaboration

Swivl - present content, follows speaker, hear audience, capture it all.
Hosting platform - host content, playback, multiple audio feed, two way commenting and analytics.

Looking at PD over video as well. Some teachers use it for self-reflection.

Teach with video, teach with slides, photos. If teaching with whiteboard, deliver the content and move around - camera moves as you present.

Flipped turns class time into content creation time - build libraries and edit later.

Create lists, send content to students. Share content with other educators. Co-teaching, chatting, etc using the content created with the swivl environment.

Students log in and you get feedback as to what they watched, how long they watched, etc.

Swivl Cloud in the platform.

I am surprised no one asked how much the Swivl device is. Guess we'll have to look that up... Okay, just did: about $400 for base and one "marker" (the handheld microphone device). You can buy additional markers to place around the room as triggers for focus during lessons, etc.

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