Getting started with the Flip

In his book “Who Owns the Learning?” Alan November states that:

“Students teaching students is a powerful method for building learning and driving creativity and innovation. With easy-to-use tools for screen-casting and publishing to the web, students have a 24/7 opportunity to engage in peer tutoring with children from other classrooms, schools, nations and cultural backgrounds.”

The Australian-based Learnology education team has been working with educators and thought leaders in Australia and the USA to develop a definitive approach to the growing phenomenon of the Flipped Classroom. When aligned with quality teaching strategies The Flip is having a significant impact on standards in classrooms around the world.

Schools adopting The Flip are reporting:

·      Measurably improved depth of understanding

·      Lessons where meaning is now negotiated and owned by the students

·      Heightened levels of meaningful discussion and interactivity

·      Enhanced and increasingly focused student engagement, collaboration and enjoyment

·      Students are actively engaged in all aspects of learning

·      Every student has a voice and can see that their voice is heard

The Flip often begins with teachers accessing found content on the web. Sources such as YouTube, Ted-Ed and Khan Academy are often the first port of call. However, in order to personalize the approach teachers move on to developing their own content using podcasts and vodcasts. For many teachers this is a big leap and this is where Atomic Learning’s excellent Video Storytelling in  the Classroom Spotlight proves to be invaluable.

Building understanding in the use of commonly used, educationally appropriate software, this excellent series of tutorials offers guidance on producing home-grown video tutorials and podcasts along with advice and support in using YouTube as an educator.

Taken to its conclusion, the Flipped classroom should support teachers in flipping the ownership of learning in their classroom, handing over responsibility for developing tutorials to their students.  

Designing and publishing their own tutorials gives students a sense of ownership, autonomy, mastery and purpose and this student-friendly spotlight allows students to successfully generate their video tutorial ideas, identifying proper video and audio techniques to communicating their messages to target audiences.

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