How to Flip the Classroom

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Flipping the classroom involves assigning web-based content as homework that replaces the traditional in-class lecture, making time and space available in the classroom for more inquiry-based projects. Professor Eric Mazur began experimenting with this instructional style at Harvard in the 1990s. In 2004, the Khan Academy videos helped bring the classroom flip into secondary education.

There is a lot of controversy and passion surrounding the flipped classroom. Advocates of flipping point to many advantages including students learning at their own pace, availability of online lessons and time for real work in the classroom. Opponents of flipping point to holes including student access to internet & computer at home, time constraints for students at home if all subjects are flipped and merely transferring bad classroom instructional practices from classroom to the web. Educational Technology for School Leaders.

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