Friday, July 26, 2013
Don't Just Flip with Videos. Flip the Learning
One of the hottest trends in education these days is the flipped classroom model. Teachers would assign instructional videos for students to watch for homework, which allows the teacher more time to work on other learning activities in the classroom the next day. Some teachers also assign questions for students to answer to prove that the student has indeed watched the video.
Is this enough? Is this innovation?
This is still a teacher-centered classroom, where the questions are driven by the teacher. This is not new pedagogy. It's simply moving the geographical location of the lesson from the classroom to the home with the help of technology.
Even Jon Bergmann, one of the first pioneers of the flipped classroom model, will argue in "The Flipped Class: Myths vs. Reality" that this method isn't just about watching the video. He explained that it's "an environment where students take responsibility for their own learning" and that it's a "blending of direct instruction with constructivist learning."
So how can you flip the learning to the student?
Instead of the teacher providing the questions as accompaniment to the video, teach your students how to ask critical thinking questions that will drive the learning into their own hands. Assign the video, but also embed it on a platform that will allow students to actively discuss the material they watched with each other.
If students are passively watching the video and simply answering questions that only the teacher will read, they are missing out on an opportunity to explore, question, and challenge their knowledge. They are missing out on an opportunity to learn from each other.
There are many web tools and learning management systems that do a great job of hosting your flipped learning materials. My platform of choice is Schoology. To read more about why, view my post "Why I Chose Schoology Over All the Rest."
So the next time you assign a video for homework, consider creating an environment where all students can actively engage in the learning.