What Educators Are Saying – The Flipped Classroom Model

Thanks to increased national media coverage by leading newspapers, magazines and television, the flipped classroom model is gaining exposure and being implemented in more schools around the world.

In fact, flipped classrooms are quickly becoming one of the most talked about education topics of the year.

Keep reading to learn what education pioneers and technology experts are saying about the benefits of flipped classrooms. If you have questions or would like to speak with an account representative about flipping your classroom, please call us at 877-219-1537 or click here to contact us online.

"I Talk to Every Student, in Every Classroom, Every Day." – Jonathon Bergman

Leading education and technology innovators have had a lot to say about the positive effect of flipping classrooms. Read the quotes below to discover the difference reverse instruction can make.

Jac de Haan, educator and founder of Technology with Intention, says:

The focus of flipped teaching is different from other examples in that the technology itself is simply a tool for flexible communication that allows educators to differentiate instruction to meet individual student needs and spend more time in the classroom focused on collaboration and higher-order thinking.

Eric Mazur, Harvard University’s Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, views education as a two-step process—transferring information and then providing an understanding for that information. He says:

In the standard approach, the emphasis in class is on the first, and the second is left to the student on his or her own, outside of the classroom. If you think about this rationally, you have to flip that, and put the first one outside the classroom, and the second inside. So I began to ask my students to read my lecture notes before class, and then tell me what questions they have, and when we meet, we discuss those questions.

Aaron Sams and Jonathon Bergman, flipped classroom pioneers and active educators say:

The most important thing is that the kids are learning. If they like the instructional videos for my chemistry class that I worked really hard on, great! If they’d rather just read the textbook during class, that’s fine too! I more or less put my kids in a room with a bunch of learning ingredients, shake it all up, and see what happens. (Sams)

The time when students really need me physically present is when they get stuck and need my individual help. They don’t need me there in the room with them to yak at them and give them content; they can receive content on their own. (Sams)

Clearly, I am a proponent of the flipped learning strategy. I see this as the bridge to the learner-centered, inquiry-driven, problem-based class of the future. This has the greatest chance to change education. (Bergman)

Flipping the classroom establishes a framework that ensures students receive a personalized education tailored to their individual needs. (Bergman and Sams)

Philip Kurbis, an educator at the Munich International School says:

Not all concepts are best taught using the same techniques; as such, some things are still taught traditionally, some concepts are taught through student discovery, and some through the flipped classroom. We look at the exit skills we want and plan thinking of the best methods to teach the students.

Ramsey Musallam, a flipped classroom pioneer and one of TechSmith's "Top 20 Educators to Watch," says:

We must empower students to become intelligent researchers and investigators of information, harnessing the power of the internet and their global community, to learn in ways the traditional classroom could never have granted them. Simultaneously, we must use the classroom as a medium for critical thinking and information assimilation, rather than information transfer. As a result, students become empowered to obtain a depth of knowledge while teachers are empowered to design learning environments that value critical thinking and application.

Sal Khan, the founder of online learning resource the Khan Academy, says:

There was nothing practical that anyone could do about this broken "learning" model until recently. But we can now deliver on-demand content to any student for nearly zero incremental cost. The video content can be paused and repeated as needed. Students can focus on exactly what they need to know. They don’t have to be embarrassed to fill in remedial gaps. They don’t need to take notes.

Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft, philanthropist and proponent of education reform, says of Sal Khan’s contribution to flipped classrooms:

I'd been, frankly, frustrated at how little creative work was being done to use the Web as a core component of instruction, and when I saw this, I thought -- yes, he's got it.

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