Connect with your students both in and out of the classroom with these tips and tricks for flipping your class
The school year is underway. Procedures have been established and your class has routines in place. So, why not take the next step and engage students beyond the school day? One way to accomplish this is by flipping your classroom.
The flipped classroom is a form of blended learning. Students can watch the instructor’s lecture on a personal computer or mobile device outside of class giving the teacher more freedom to interact with students during the face-to-face class. Students are freed from the constraints of time allowing them to watch the lecture repeatedly if needed, take notes, develop questions, and reflect on the material.
Ready to get started? Here are a few tips to get you on your way!
Create a Video Recording
Your classroom instruction can be captured via your smartphone, tablet, computer, etc. Upload the video to your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or online forum and assign to your students. This reverses the role of homework giving students the lecture to absorb on their own and providing more interactive ‘homework’ to take place in class.
Design a Forum for your Students to Share
Once students have viewed the lecture, consider creating a discussion forum for students to interact. The Discussion tool in your VLE is a great way to get this started. Pose a question and let students interact with one another around the topic. Added bonus: this can be assigned as a gradable assignment in the VLE. Don’t have a VLE? Use social media to create the discussion activity.
Create Interactive ‘Homework’
Flip traditional homework into interactive classwork based on the lecture the students viewed. Science lecture on dissection? Follow that up with a lab that lets students practice what they learned. Geometry lesson? Use tangrams to create pictures. This gives you the freedom to spend more time on the activity and less time on the lecture.
Once you have one lesson down, you’ll want to do more. And you’ll want to get more creative. For a second lesson, you might try acting out the content or use media software to create a cool video presentation of the material. You don’t have to do everything at once but trying new things with your lessons will keep your students on their toes, engaged, and eager to see what’s next.
Flipped classrooms are a great way to get started with blended learning. The experience will help you become more comfortable using the features and tools in your LMS and more confident in taking bigger steps into the blended learning realm. And speaking of blended learning, we will be sharing more ideas on taking that next step, so be sure to follow D2L on Facebook and Twitter.