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A Flipped Classroom: How Can Using Technology Help?

Technology Tools for Classroom Use

The idea behind a flipped classroom is not new. I don’t have to sit here and tell you that if implemented correctly, positive results can occur in the form of increased scores and better understanding of concepts for students. The definition of this remains the same as described by Lakmal and Dawson (2015):

Flipped classroom is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional educational arrangement by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom and moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom. In a flipped classroom model, students watch online lectures, collaborate in online discussions, or carry out research at home and engage in concepts in the classroom with the guidance of the instructor.”

There are so many tools available for use, but it is up to the teacher on knowing what tools there are, what they do, and how to effectively implement them in the classroom.

This is a quick list of some technology tools out there (paid and free) that anyone trying to implement a flipped classroom can use (and also the reasons why they’re good):

Khan Academy

This one has been around for a while, and it can be argued that Khan was one of the leading pioneers in digital instruction outside the class and is what made a flipped classroom and technology possible. Implementing the video lessons to be viewed at home allows more time to be devoted to in-class activities for the students.

Open Yale Courses

Let me begin by saying, this website is free…you heard me right, FREE! Now who doesn’t like free stuff? Same idea behind Khan academy with the use of videos, though it has more of a focus on college level subjects. However, there are still some general courses that are taught in college that are taught in high schools such as physics, calculus, biology, history, etc. Teachers will need to vet which videos will fit their current concept they’re trying to teach.

MITOpenCourseware

Another free website yet again. An agglomerate of many courses taught at MIT, this website offers the materials used by professors to teach these courses all on their site. Talk about ultimate transparency. Though not really focused on video instruction, the site is meant to provide educators supplemental materials such as syllabi, practice questions, and exams that were administered to that course. This can be extremely useful to teachers who are looking for some in-class content uses for their students to practice what they learned.

Omninox

We offer supplemental tools in the form of practice problems. Lots and LOTS of practice questions for multiple subjects that is timed, graded, and provides instant feedback in the form of explanations. Our current focus is for the Advanced Placement courses, mainly because there are a lot of students who want to increase their chances at getting admitted into colleges, so they like to take AP courses.

These practice questions can benefit a flipped classroom, because students can practice the concepts they learned with the relevant questions in the class. Also, it can save you from having to write your own questions since you can just use ours! Now, our website/platform is not free, but hey, the best things in life aren’t always free.

Ted Ed

A very interesting site to say the least. You can view and create your own quick lessons about any subject you want. Every lesson has sections to help engage with the students in some way.

It features “Watch” section where you can pull YouTube videos and embed them into your private lesson, a section called “Think”, which has a mix of some multiple choice questions and short answer which you can create, a section called “Dig Deeper”, which provides additional resources to users who want to learn more about the topic, and a section called “Discuss”, which is exactly what you think… you can discuss…about anything related to the topic.

How do you use this in a flipped classroom? The students can review video and the extra resources at home, while the questions and discussion portion can be used in the classroom the next day. Overall, it has a great user interface and it looks clean.

Conclusion

Using technology in the flipped classroom seems intimidating at first, but hopefully this quick list of online platforms can give you peace of mind as to what resources can be used to create an effective teaching strategy.

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