By David Solomon
Think back to a time when you were given homework as a young student. The teacher would play a video or share a lesson, hand out an assignment due the next day, and you would grudgingly place it in your backpack to bring home. With a flipped classroom, we turn this idea completely on its head by asking students to view the video material at home and do the assignment in class.
The flipped model allows students to work at their own pace, while teachers can focus on answering questions and offering one-on-one support. It also allows students to catch up with recorded lessons outside the classroom or review certain topics for a better understanding.
But does flipping the classroom really improve student achievement? Well, one study found that 67% of students had increased test scores using a flipped model, and 80% reported improved student attitudes. Here are three useful ways teachers can use video to power a successful flipped classroom:
- Did someone say “snow day”? Wherever your school is located, chances are you have to shut down at least one day a year due to weather. Whether it’s an emergency or not, be prepared with a recorded video lesson that you can share online. To make this sort of learning more common schools around the world are encouraging teachers to connect with students on an eLearning Day once every two weeks. Rather than show up for class, children can simply watch a video recorded by their teacher and do their work from home.
- The flipped classroom empowers students to take control of their learning. As students talk through their thoughts and work together to find answers, teachers can use the Activate Audio System to observe small groups and drop in on their collaboration. Teachers can gather evidence of student learning and achievement or make themselves available for group or one-on-one help as needed.
- Use video lectures to refine material. Teachers and administrators can look back at past recordings to see what went well and to find ways to improve. They can learn from taking notes on what questions students asked in the video, and then modify their future lessons accordingly. With a video, peers and coaches can also view the lesson on their own time and provide helpful feedback based on objective evidence from the classroom.
Using video in a flipped classroom gives students the freedom to learn and review at their own pace, and helps teachers refine their lessons. Together, they can use these tips to help everyone become better learners.
If you have been enjoying this blog series (and there is still more to come!), you may gain value from our video infographic, “9 New Ways to Use Video in Your School.”