3 Tips for your Flips
Flipped learning is taking the teaching world by storm. It is a modern pedagogy that enables teachers to spend more time speaking with each student in their class one on one. Teachers who’ve successfully adopted the model report that they’ve gained much more in-class time which in turn meant that they could set more collaborative, hands-on tasks in class rather than just ‘getting through the curriculum’.
Flipped learning makes use of the all the wonderful tech that kids now have at their fingertips outside of the classroom by turning the ‘lecture’ component of classes (the teacher explaining things to the class) into videos that students can then watch at home or on the way to school.
There’s little reason for the whole class to be listening to the teacher to receive information while in the classroom. This realisation is what prompted Chemistry teachers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams to come up with the concept of flipped learning in the first place: they wanted to know what the best use of their class time is. If you haven’t already seen it, check out this short video of Jon and Aaron explaining the point of flipped learning:
However, as anyone who’s already tried flipping will tell you, it’s not as easy as simply making videos and popping them online. What if the students don’t do their homework or don’t learn well from videos?
In this post, we’ll share three tips we’ve found to help alleviate these issues.
Tip #1 - Make flips multimodal
It’s easy to get hung up on videos — after all, they seem to appear as the cornerstone of the flipped classroom! However, there are a few issues with videos. Some students prefer reading, looking at visual representations of learning materials such as diagrams or manipulate and play with interactive elements to drive their learning.
Also, how do we know whether our students have not only watched but also engaged with our flip? Luckily, it’s super-easy to make your flips multimodal in Stile: you can mix and match videos, questions, text, images, interactive canvases and links, all in one clean lesson.
Tip #2 - Measure and track engagement
How do you measure whether or not your students have engaged with your flip? Set a few quick multiple choice questions that require simple recollection (’have they actually watched it?’) and understanding (‘did they get it’). Ideally, set them together with the video, so students can check their understanding right away.
Some teachers like to then create another lesson with similar but different questions that students answer when they get to class. This helps refresh students’ memories and presents the topic in another context.
If you’ve had a chance to read our article on class analytics, you’ll know that real-time class analytics make it a breeze to see how well your class understands a given topic. Auto-marked multiple choice questions and automated feedback let you easily catch student misconceptions and see instantly who’s now ready to apply the new knowledge in higher-order thinking classroom activities and who might benefit from another look at the learning object.
Tip #3 - Provide a safe place for students to help each other and share resources
Peer-to-peer teaching is hugely effective in driving learning — not only for those who need the help but also for those who provide it. While it’s relatively easy to facilitate physical classroom discussions, taking this process online can be daunting.
Luckily, a safe collaborative space is only a click away. Each lesson in Stile can become a secure whole-class discussion board that can be moderated but he teacher. Simply turn on ‘Discussion’ in your Stile lesson to give your students the opportunity to help each other out and share resources (links or file attachments), and only your students and you can see it! Another benefit is that the communication is happening right there, without having to leave the app to ask classmates for help, which helps minimise distractions.
We think that Stile is quite possibly the best vehicle for flipped learning out there, but don’t take our word for it. Jump in and give it a try.
The Stile E-Team