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The Flipped classroom – what is it?

I recently had a conversation with a principal at one of our neighbouring high schools. We were talking about the flipped class room and I expressed my regret that so few teachers had taken the time to visit our conference last year to hear more about it. Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergman did a keynote, had an additional session and did a workshop the day after.  As always when talking about using technology in school, I have to say that I am concerned about how Norwegian school-owners, school leaders and teachers seem to be absent from the conversations going on in social media like Twitter and blog writing.  It was on Twitter I first was made aware of the Flipped classroom, and also how I got to meet Aaron and Jonathan in person at ISTE Philidelphia in 2012. For those who did not attend our conference last year, the misconception about what the flipped classroom really is, looks a lot like what I found at “November learning” via Twitter!

  1. Students do not want to sit at home watching boring video lectures on the web. At least in the classroom, they get some kind of interaction with me and with their peers. This is just a lot of excitement over bad pedagogy. (apparently there is a really bad video made by a teacher from a school nearby that is used to show how bad this can be!)
  2. Where is the accountability? How do I even know if students are watching the videos?
  3. As a teacher, I don’t have the time or the expertise to produce all of the videos required to teach like this

Seems to me when discussing pedagogy, content and technology, we tend to focus on difficulties and not possibilities! Let’s start thinking about teaching and learning as fun!  November learning uses the expression Flipped Learning and it is so much more then making videos for students to watch. Forget about the technology for a while. Focus on the learning and the research and how you are interacting with your students in class. Don’t spend it lecturing!

What flipped learning is all about:

Points over are copied from November learning. I attended Alan Novembers workshop at ISTE and follow his work online.

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