Inverting Education

A few weeks ago I wrote about Technology and Test Results and how it will take time for modern learning theories and classroom strategies to catch up to the latest technologies.  I had an email asking for further ideas on this topic.  No matter what framework is followed I would encourage educators to be creative.  Technology is often said to be a great disruptor but to do so it has to be incorporated in “fresh” ways.

The idea of flipping, or inverting, a classroom is a great fit with new technologies.  First, allow me to explain the idea of flipping.  A traditional classroom had a content expert lecturing, leading activities, etc. and required the student to practice outside of class.  An inverted classroom has an instructor that leads differentiated instruction and hands on application specific to each students’ needs with non-class time being used to introduce topics to students.

In this way, students might watch a podcast of a lecture, paired with reading and taking notes for homework.  The next class session would be spent in an activity designed to check the student’s understanding, target specific levels of mastery, and apply the key concepts through the learning objectives.

The focus on differentiated learning should mean a larger portion of students are reached and have the opportunity to understand the subjects.  Of course, it requires students to do the work outside of class and attendance is mandatory, but the added relevance and value of the in-class activities should add to the appeal.

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