Beth Lamb, 1:1 Digital Immersion Facilitator, Tai Tokerau Education Trust NZ
So you are a digital class or teacher? Work in a 1:1 environment? Paperless school? That means you’ve cracked it right? The digital utopia is yours, you are a 21st-century educator leading edge etc… But somewhere in the back of your mind is this nagging doubt … Is this it? You have attended conferences, PLD, you can converse about the SAMR model and TPACK but still your class has really really expensive typewriters?
If this sounds even a little like you, fear not you are not alone. Teachers everywhere are waking up to realise that “being digital” does NOT by itself improve education. We need to find the time in the busy day for teachers to do what teachers do best – TEACH. How is this achieved? Flipping and Inflipping is the answer.
Imagine having students come to lessons front loaded with some of the ideas and concepts you wish to teach. Imagine a struggling student being able to gain access to the demonstration/content as many times as they require without embarrassment or stress. Imagine parents and caregivers being able to “see” the lessons. A student off school – no problem… For teachers who care about students, flipping just makes sense.
Schools and parents are experiencing huge financial stress by purchasing devices because educators say learners need digital. I would suggest that for schools not to embrace flipping is a negligent misuse of the possibilities afforded by these devices. School leaders need to embrace flipped learning as the meta strategy for all education across the curriculum and across the school levels. This is huge but throughout the year this blog will step out 1 model of flipping a school. Flipping is hard work, Flipping is rewarding work and flipping makes a difference. Until now digital classrooms could without question claim to have engaged the students as never before – but can that claim be extended to raising achievement?
There is now an overwhelming body of evidence as well as anecdotal teacher and student stories that prove this works. Fear not the transition to flipped. No longer will you sound like a lone nut rambling about videos. There are sound processes, resources and PLD to give you strength in supported numbers as class by class, flipping takes on education. The fact that this is a global pedagogy well documented and supported will assist you in informing your parents and all other stakeholders about how you are changing your practice for the better. Having a good grasp of the research behind the outcomes for flipping is essential to empower you to go beyond the gut feeling of this being a great change.
I challenge you to give flipped learning a try and please share your journey with others. Log into the global community and join in with the exciting discussions.
I’ll be presenting at FlipCon NZ and FlipCon Australia 2018 – please come along and say Kia ora. www.flipconaus.com
Sites to see
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