New technology is opening new doors in classrooms all over the world as more teachers are using a flipped classroom model to deliver their content. A flipped classroom is a different approach for traditional classwork and homework. In the flipped model, a teacher will record or post video lectures instead of lecturing in class, and then student will watch the lectures as homework on a computer or mobile device. This frees up class time to be spent on various activities and practicing the skills while the teacher guides students through the exercises.
Relatively new a decade ago, learning management systems, mobile devices, and social sharing networks makes this concept a reality. In fact, according to one study (see infographic below provided by WeAreTeachers), despite the new technology, 70% of teachers have not yet flipped their classroom. In most cases, teachers avoid it because they don’t feel that their students have reliable access to the proper technologies.
Still, the barriers to entry are becoming less of a hazard. Familiar programs like YouTube, Edmodo, and the like are opening doors for students. That said, it will likely take time before we see a flipped classroom on a large scale. Roughly 33% of teachers have indicated that they are not sure the content they usually deliver in class can be effectively delivered in short online courses. What would likely need to happen is a change in lessons plans, which can take tens (if not hundreds) of hours.
Nonetheless, the future is bright. If I were to guess, I suspect we’ll see the flipped model trickle down – used primary in university settings and then eventually in a K-12 setting.