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Flipping the Classroom
‘Forces set free by technology are beginning to turn the traditional classroom on its head.'(1)
‘Flipping the classroom’ is an educational term that describes the new paradigms of teaching that have been developing due to innovation and proliferation of technology. Delivery of lessons and information is now ubiquitous; anywhere at anytime. Whereas a traditional classroom facilitated the learning of content at school, coupled with reinforcement (in various forms) at home, technology is allowing students to gather their data in their own time. This allows teachers to act more like facilitators, supporting the learning and producing process, and explicitly teaching the key skills of digital literacy; accuracy, originality, using multiple sources, correct referencing and multi-modal product creation.
Think of your experience at school; you came into class, sat down and listened to a teacher talk about a concept. There would be writing on the board that you had to copy down, photocopied sheets that you had to highlight, textbooks that you had to read and, if you were really lucky, a diagram on an overhead projector. The emphasis was on content delivery and learning facts and figures. Information came from a finite number of sources. Every student was gathering information from the same one or two sources, and the encyclopedias were hot property in the library. Students were basically regurgitating(2) content from one text onto their own text.
Now, with the internet and all its data dispensing portals (YouTube, blogs, forums, online articles, journals, etc), students have many more ways to find the information they need to build knowledge and demonstrate understanding. The skills that students need to flourish in the 21st Century are processes, not total recall of information. They need to be able find information and determine if it is accurate and applicable to their task. Then, they need to be able to present their new found insights in an engaging and appropriate way for intended audience.
Flipping the classroom means that students become teachers in many ways. They must research the topic to determine their own perceptions. In order to teach a concept, they have to make sure that they thoroughly understand what they are talking about, and they need to communicate it clearly and coherently. To sum the process, we can revisit a well known proverb:
‘Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.’
Laptops enable learning to take place just about anywhere with internet connectivity. The impending laptop programme at Coomera Anglican College will allow teachers and students to more readily practise contexts like a flipped classroom, move away from a 19th Century education model and embrace 21st Century ubiquitous learning methods.
(1) Stevenson, Andrew, 2011. Technology brings the classroom back home in role reversal, Sydney Morning Herald,
http://bit.ly/uIbgtH, viewed on 07/11/2011.
(2) Regurgitation – Repeat (information) without analysing or comprehending it.
Year 3 – Fact or Fiction is all about making informed choices
Habit of Mind Focus #6: Striving For Accuracy and Precision
When completing these activities and thinking about the concepts, students should reflect on the need to be accurate and precise in their their learning. Making informed choices about the information they find on the internet is very important and a skill they will need in order to successfully learn at any age.
What is a search?
To find information on the internet, you need to do a search. To search for information, we use a web browser and a search engine.
What is a web browser?
What is a web search?
There are many different types of search engines. Click here to look at a list. The two most popular search engines are:
Discuss the difference between a web browser and a search engine. Then, look at how to create better web searches. For a more detailed explanation, watch ‘How Search Works’.
Play ‘Googlewhack‘ to see which show has more search results – ‘Glee’ or ‘The Simpsons’
There are some great sites for parents who want to encourage safe searching with their children – Managing Kids’ Search Queries, Kids.net.au (Search engine for kids), Comprehensive search engine advice, Parental Controls on search engines and Google SafeSearch Engine. Download the Parental Control Bar for peace of mind.