Frequently Asked Questions About The Flipped Classroom Model

Flipped classrooms—a new innovative teaching method that allows for one-on-one instruction— help each and every student learn to his or her fullest potential.

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Flipped Classroom FAQ

What is a flipped classroom?

A Flipped classroom, also referred to as reverse instruction, literally “flip” the setting for homework and classwork, meaning that students view their lectures at-home in the form of digital instruction and use class time to complete assignments with individual attention from their teacher.

What is digital instruction, and can it be as effective as personal instruction?

In flipped classrooms, the at-home digital instruction typically consists of a 10-15 minute video lesson. While the videos are created to be concise, they contain all of the information needed for the student to grasp a concept.

With the ability to pause and rewind the video, many students find digital instruction to be more effective than a lecture from the teacher. When it comes time to prepare for a test or if a student misses a class, they will have access to the entire library of videos for review.

Do students need a computer at-home for a flipped classroom?

The short answer is no. However, students must have access to technology to view the instructional videos, which are often distributed online. This technology can include a smartphone, portable media player, tablet or even gaming device.

If a student doesn’t have access to any of these devices, he or she might have access to a computer after school or at a local library.

Are there any statistics available on the effectiveness of flipped classrooms?

Flipped classrooms as a teaching method is still in its infancy. One of the pioneers of flipped classrooms was a math teacher at Byron High School in Minnesota.

In 2006, while still using the traditional teaching, model math mastery among students was at a dismal 29.9%. The following school year, a flipped classroom was implemented and by 2011 math mastery had been raised to an astonishing 73.8%.

Flipped classrooms improved students’ education by nearly 250%.

How popular are flipped classrooms?

Flipped classrooms are gaining popularity with each passing school year. In 2012 they have received extensive media coverage by major newspapers, education authorities, and even a CBS 60 Minutes interview with one of its pioneers, YouTube education sensation Sal Khan.

As success stories from early adopters of flipped classrooms continue to be shared and access to technology becomes more prevalent, its popularity will only grow.

When can I flip my traditional school or classroom?

Transitioning to flipped classrooms can occur gradually if necessary. Within a school it can happen in one subject or even one class at a time. The flip can occur at any time during the school year.

The important thing is to have the at-home digital instruction prepared early in the process to provide a framework for in class activities. Students adapt to the shift remarkably fast. Teachers, however, may take time to transition from their role as lecturer to learning coach. Preparation makes this transition easier.

Where can my school find at-home digital instruction solutions?

Because flipped classrooms are still relatively new, teachers in flipped classrooms have typically resorted to recording their own lectures and sharing them with students online.

Because flipped classrooms are still relatively new, teachers in flipped classrooms have typically resorted to recording their own lectures and sharing them with students online.

Fortunately, software solutions are now available that will save time, and deliver a more personalized multimedia rich experience.

How can SkillsTutor help you flip your classroom?

We’ll take care of your at-home digital instruction needs with our acclaimed cloud-based lessons and tools, accessible from nearly any device with an Internet connection.

Students will have the benefit of using custom data-driven software that personalizes teaching to their preferred pace.

What’s left? For you to embrace your role as a learning coach and work with students one-on-one in the classroom to supplement their learning with practice and discussion.

Let Us Get You Started With Your Classroom Flip

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