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7 Steps + 33 Resources: Is the Flipped
Class Right for You?
Aug 29, 2012
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Today’s post is
a follow up to
flipped-classroom/).” As one of the year’s most-discussed teaching
methods, we decided to further explore the hype behind the flip.
The modern classroom is the result of brain-based research, long-
accepted pedagogical practices and well-known learning theories.
So, suggesting we “flip” all that causes a stir.
The word itself is enough to excite the disruptors and incite the
traditionalists creating a fault line between supporters and
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But, what if you’re neither? You’re just trying to sort through the
fuss, and maybe…if it seems right…experiment with your own
Sound like you? If so, explore, this step-by-step, clickable journey
starting at the flipped classroom’s humble beginnings and ending,
perhaps, with your own students.
Step #1: Understand it.
First, some history. In the words of flipped classroom pioneer and
high school science teacher Jonathan Bergmann: “And then one
day our world changed.” (http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/how-
Wired’s Geekdad reports
flipped classroom is not as new as we think. “For as long as we’ve
been trying to help students learn,” says Dr. Laura Berry, “we’ve
wanted students to take responsibility for their learning, and we
want to use our time with them to work on the meatier stuff and
deepen the learning.”
But, what is it, really? EDUCAUSE breaks it down into seven things
you should know (http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/7-
Some people question the practice
Others equate it with Khan Academy, but there is a difference
Author Cathy Davidson thinks that even though the flipped
classroom is an improvement, it “…doesn’t come close to preparing
students for the challenges of today’s world and workforce.” She
suggests cartwheels instead.
Many are still deciding what they think and they appreciate the full
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Step #2: Read others’ flipped class stories.
Start with this marketing professor
improving-lectures-removing-them-class) who “excises the lecture
from the classroom and blows it to smithereens” — Bloom’s-
Taxonomy-of-Learning style, of course.
Then, for a slower approach, check out this chemistry instructor’s
If you’re more interested in procedure, math professor Robert
Talbert shares his
Step #3: View video examples.
If you’re part of the science crowd, enjoy “How small is an atom?”
More of a grammarian? Settle in for “Transitive and Intransitive
Human who have emotions (or humans who are utterly befuddled
by emotions) can learn something here
These videos range from professionally produced to personally
produced; both have a place in the flipped classroom.
Step #4: Consult your PLN and a few others.
Join (or lurk around) the Monday night Flip Class Chat
(http://www.brianbennett.org/blog/flipclass-chat/) and discuss topics
like, “What are some of the risks with flipping your class?” And,
“What are some ways to implement a flip/mastery model with varied
skill levels in one class?” According to a tweet from creator Brian
Bennett (https://twitter.com/bennettscience), the August 27, 2012
chat generated 655 tweets from 80 individuals — the most yet.
Monitor the #flippedclassroom
(https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23flippedclassroom) or #flippedclass
hashtags on Twitter.
Or, ask 8,509 members of the Flipped Learning Network
(http://flippedclassroom.org) for more information.
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Step #5: Create and curate content.
Flipped content (that viewed outside of the classroom) can be a
variety of things, including presentations (Slideshare
(https://www.slideshare.net/login)), collaborative documents
(Google Docs (docs.google.com)), screencasts (Camtasia
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com)) that you’ll upload (Vimeo
(http://vimeo.com), YouTube (http://www.youtube.com)),
or combination slides and audio (VoiceThread
Of the many, many, many places to find quality content, here are
five: TED-Ed (http://ed.ted.com), Khan Academy
(http://www.khanacademy.org), iTunes U
The most important thing is to curate well, and for that we suggest
checking out eight tips for curation in education
bringing-your-students-the-best-of-the-web/) and Maria Popova’s
Step #6: Consider the other side of the flip:
At the end of her “full picture” post, Jackie Gerstein does a
thorough job of describing the experiential flipped classroom model
classroom-the-full-picture-for-higher-education/) with its “methods,
strategies, and activities for the face-to-face and/or synchronous
Step #7: Test it with your students.
Again, we return to the advice of successful first-time flipper
flipped-classroom/), Alan Earhart: start slow, give them a carrot,
use “Jedi Mind Tricks” and count on making mistakes.
Did we leave something out? In the comments below, share the
resources you think would make this a more complete “flipped
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carrie • 10 months ago
Also, be patient - baby steps is the advice I give everyone. You can't do it all at
once and neither can your students. I did find Sophia.org to not only be a place
where I can layout my content in preview mode but also a source of content
AND a place I can do my screen recording. I liked having everything together for
myself and my colleagues.
Jon Bergmann • 10 months ago
This is a great break down of the flipped class. Thanks for sharing this resource.
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