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The Smartest Classroom Technology Isn’t in the Classroom

by Dan Newman on October 28th, 2014

It’s time to unlearn a few things we know about learning methods. The concept of the ‘flipped classroom’ is changing the way we look at traditional classroom teaching. Taking the actual learning process out of the class, this method focuses on utilizing class time for more interactive activities such as discussions, experiments, hands-on assignments, and project works.

Although thoughts on an alternative teaching method has been around since the 1990s, as a learning model, the flipped classroom has grown into prominence only in recent times. Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, a chemistry teaching duo, started experimenting with various techniques to make learning more effective and began seeking out ways to use technology to improve interaction with students. While the method is still in a nascent stage, it has developed a significant following among educators who are not just adopting it but also helping it evolve by combining it with other methods such as project-based learning.

So what is a ‘Flipped classroom’?

Unlike traditional learning techniques, a flipped classroom provides information that would traditionally be covered in a lecture in advance. This advance learning takes place with the help of video, audio and text personalizing the learning experience. The students review the material in advance, and then use classroom time to discuss the topic more fully, ask questions, explore the topic, debate, etc

In a study conducted by the University of British Columbia, it was observed that students who learned their lessons through the flipped classroom technique scored better than students who were taught using the traditional method.

What are the benefits of flipping?

Students learn at their own pace

One of the biggest advantage of this method is it allows students to learn at a pace they are comfortable with. With the help of recorded audio and video, students can go through the important parts of the lecture many times. This also eliminates any difficulty a student might face in catching up with the rest of the lesson if he/she has missed any lecture.

Offers multi-way learning

Flipping classrooms encourage learning on multiple levels. Since this method takes the lectures out of the confines of the classroom, the students can go through them anywhere and anytime that’s best suited to them. This leaves the classrooms as a place for students to carry out meaningful activities based on their understanding of the concept delivered as a result of flipped learning.

Sparks interaction among the students

It has been noticed that flipped classroom technique can increase the level of interaction among students. This system allows teachers to ask multiple-interpretation based questions not just to evaluate their understanding of the topic, but also to initiate group-based activities. In fact, the Flipped Learning Network has members across the country who can work together on assignments for subjects like math and science, which many students find monotonous and downright frustrating when working alone.

With technology taking lessons out of the classrooms, students are more at ease with learning from anywhere they want. This flexibility in the education system is giving rise to what we may call smarter classrooms. And, this inevitably will give rise to a growing crop of smarter students.

What do you think about the concept of flipped learning? Does it make sense or sound like something you’d rather do without? We’re interested to hear what you think.

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