What is a Flipped Classroom and Why is this Idea Trending?

There is a buzz among CAIS teachers about flipped classrooms. What is it? How does it operate? How did the model evolve? Here’s a video about two Colorado teachers who flipped their science classes a few years ago. Closer to home, St. Luke’s School has information on their webpage about flipped classroom. The ultimate source so far for video instructions stands as Khan Academy. It’s a well organized site, too, with over 2,600 videos of instruction.  http://www.khanacademy.org/   For more on “flipped thinking,” check out Daniel Pink.  What can CPD do to help CAIS teachers learn more about this new learning design? What classroom elements or practices do CAIS educators already operate that could be considered part of a “flipped” classroom?  How could we facilitate a CAIS event to better explain best practices of a “flipped” classroom?


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11 Responses to What is a Flipped Classroom and Why is this Idea Trending?

  1. I flipped my classroom last winter. Here are some observations and reflections: http://lorricarroll.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/i_flipped/

  2. rbrdie says:

    Online courses like Stanford’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and the Kahn Academy are examples of the future of education. Successful schools will be blended learning environments that take full advantage of the new ways information will be openly distributed. Another exciting technology which promises to enhance the experiential learning opportunities for our students will be digital fabrication. Currently, Fab Labs are being used successfully to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in progressive schools across the country. Through the completion of multidisciplinary experiential learning projects, students can explore their creativity and put into practice what they have learned. It is exciting to envision a future where everyone will have access to openly distributed information and inexpensive fabrication technologies—a future where even students can become designer/makers of our material world.

    • Rex Brodie says:

      100,000+ Sign Up For Stanford’s Open Class on Artificial Intelligence. Classes With 1 Million+ Next?

      “A groundbreaking change has struck academia, and its reverberations may be felt for years to come. One of Stanford’s first full courses to ever be openly made available online has gone viral. In a matter of weeks it has signed up more than 100,000 students from around the world! Even as I wrote this article, another 5000 joined! As news of the course continues to spread, the ultimate size of the class could reach greater epic proportions – we could easily see interest skyrocket to 200,000 or even 300,000 or more. Classes of 1 million or tens of millions may be in our future. If Stanford can succeed in teaching classes of 100k+ students at a time, what will it mean for education in general?”


      • Rex Brodie says:

        Origo’s 3D Printer Could Be The Last Toy Your Ten Year Old Will Ever Need

        “If you make what you want exactly as you want it to be, those things will be of higher value to you than the mass produced crap that dominates our world. With 3D printing you can make something that fits your body precisely, or a gift that fits the occasion precisely. You can make something for one person, you. This is where the true promise of 3D printing lies, to let us escape mass production and make the things that we really want. 3D printing closes the resolution gap between the imagination and reality. It is a wish fulfillment technology. It is our hope that by closing the gap between kids’ imaginations and the things they can make they will partially lose interest in mass produced items and they will help push back mass production.”
        —Joris Peels, October 2011


  3. Joan Brodie says:

    Here’s an article about Kahn that was published in The New York Times today:
    Should I start making grammar videos?

  4. Rex Brodie says:

    Here is a link to David Truss’s Scoop.it site…Shifting learning “open learning and innovation in Education.” Excellent source of information…this is where I learned about blended learning.
    Also, the Scoop.it site looks like a great way to gather information…check out the video

  5. Rex Brodie says:

    Scoop.it … can you say Information overload?

    IPads in Education “News, ideas and more on the use of IPads in the learning environment.”

  6. Rex Brodie says:

    Digital Fabrication – teaching using new technology
    “Teaching with new digital fabrication technologies”
    Curated by Rex Brodie


  7. Rex Brodie says:

    As I complete my MFA thesis, I look forward to further considering how digital fabrication technologies can be integrated into secondary school curriculum. As a way to organize and synthesize my thoughts, I have created a blog site. At the site, you will find links to information about new technologies, posts I have written, and the beginning of a description of a sculpture course I am designing that integrates digital fabrication. I invite you to follow my blog site and join me as I continue to learn more about this new transformative technology.


  8. Andrew says:

    I flipped my classroom last year with videos on my YouTube Channel. I can’t say that it was very successful for my official students, who seemed to use the videos haphazardly. And yet, the channel’s videos have a combined 40,000 views… mostly from India, Australia, Pakistan, and Canada. So it’s made me into more of an international teacher than I really expected.

  9. Rex Brodie says:

    Debating the ‘Flipped Classroom’ at Stanford
    January 5, 2012, 12:35 pm

    By Marc Parry
    Stanford University got lots of attention for inviting the public to participate in a series of free online computer-science classes. One thing that’s drawn less notice is how some of the technologies that help facilitate those mega-classes are changing the experience for Stanford students learning the same subjects. Now a Stanford student is provoking a debate on those innovations, with a blog post critiquing the rigor and format of the “flipped classroom” teaching method deployed in his machine-learning course.


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