The concept of "flipped classroom" follows the flipped learning approach. While there is no common definition, experts agree that it consists on inverting the class lesson and the students homework. The student is given a series of prerecorded lectures or other materials to work on at home, while the time in the classroom is devoted to interactive and hands-on activities. During the lesson time, there is usually space for teacher review and for peer collaboration. Some of the most common tools used in this type of learning are Camstasia -an easy tool to create videos-, Wikispaces, edModo -a k-12 social network, very similar to the mentioned Wikispaces- or the very known Moodle.
While there are many advatages of Flipped Clasrooms, like the increase of interaction between students and teachers, the flexibility in the classroom, the possibility of including innovative elements to any lesson or the enhancement of thinking activities, there are still some burdens. Starting by the digital divide, the lack of guarantees that students will prepare lessons in advance or the problems this type of teaching can impose in standarized tests. So... what is your opinion on Flipped Classrooms? Let us know by answering the Open Questions below!
- Have you experienced with flipped classrooms? What type of exercises have you implemented? Which tools have you used?
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to implement the concept of the flipped classrooms?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of flipped classrooms?