Monday, June 30, 2014

If Flipping is NOT for you

One of the major concerns about the Flipped Classroom model is what happens when students don't have internet access at home or after school programs. I must confess so far this has been one of my major concerns about embracing the program. Teaching in a school where over 90 percent of students qualify for free meals, it's not hard to determine that many will struggle with assignments that require for them to watch videos or complete assignments over the internet. So I felt really ecstatic when I found Jennifer Gonzalez blog entry about In-Class version of the Flipped Classroom (published on March 2014 by Edutopia.

Gonzalez, a teacher, author, and blogger, shares her vision of how the In-Class model can in effect be an alternative for those teachers who want to adopt the program but might face adversities such as lack of technology, parental support, students' buy-in, etc. She explains,

  • "An In-Class Flip works like this. Just like with a traditional flip, the teacher pre-records direct instruction, say in a video lecture. But instead of having students view the content at home, that video becomes a station in class that small groups rotate through. The rest of their time is spent on other activities -independent work and group work- with some activities related to the lesson and others focusing on different course content. As with a traditional flip, the direct instruction runs on its own, which frees te teacher for more one-on-one time with students."

This blended model offers an alternative configuration for delivering and differentiating instruction, while incorporating technology in a meaningful way.

Here's a video created by Gonzales for the  In-Class Flip model: 

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