Monday, 15 July 2013

Flipping the Classroom

I have been playing around with Flipping the Classroom and have seen some positive results.

It has been a bit haphazard in its delivery, and I have made the decision that next year, I will Flip the Classroom for one class I am teaching and to do it effectively and well for the whole year. I know I will need to spend a bit of time in my preparation and planning for that lesson.

There are more and more resources available to help you to design your 'flipped' lessons.

I thought that if you hadn't tried or heard of a flipped classroom, you might find these interesting, and that you might want to try it yourself. For those of you who are already flipping, there might be some new ideas.

Like all new pedagogical methods, it needs time and planning before you can implement such a new idea, but here are some places to get started.

But before you do, have a closer look at the infographic below to give you more of an idea about how a flipped classroom works. Click on the image to enlarge it. I have embedded it with permission from the site.

Flipped Classroom
Created by Knewton and Column Five Media


Ted-Ed allows you to find a video and then to flip the video, adding activities for your students to complete when they're viewing the video. They can 'Watch'; 'Think'; and 'Dig Deeper'. You can differentiate the activities to suit the needs of the students in your class.

Here's an example for you to get some ideas..."How Did English Evolve?"

YouTube Education

YouTube Education provides you with links to appropriate videos that you could use to support you to present concepts to your students. You can build a classroom channel for students to access from home.

Khan Academy

What I like the most about Khan Academy is the ability for students to watch and re-watch concepts that they might not have previously understood very clearly in class. That they can go back and watch it until they have a better understanding. And the other side of the coin, they could move through concepts at their own pace. What a great way to support differentiation.

It would also help in some subject areas to support students who have high rates of absences, especially due to illness, to keep them engaged.


My personal favourite though, and the one that has given me the opportunity to be the most creative is Powtoon. 

Powtoon allows you to utilise themes and characters to create videos to support your lessons. They now also have a Teacher's Version. This does have a cost, but there is a free version, if you want to try it out first. It is simple to use and allows you to present information in a fun way.


It is important to consider what students can and can't access.

Who has access to technology to participate in 'Flipped Lessons'?
How can you support students to access this technology outside of class?
What sites aren't accessible at school?
How do you teach the skills to ensure students can engage properly in Flipping the Classroom?

To access further resources to help you to decide if flipping the classroom is for you check out the following:

Flipping the Classroom - Education Vodcasting

7 Things You Should Know About Flipping the Classroom

27 Simple Ways to Flip the Classroom

The Flipped Learning Network


Flip Your Classroom ( a great read that helped me to better understand what I needed to do to make things work effectively so all my students were engaged and learning; it also made me question the traditional way I had been teaching).

The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture (one of the first resources I used, which give s a really good overview and some ideas to try).


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