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Flipped learning and the changing role of the teacher

Throughout the Enabling e-Learning community, we’ve hosted discussions about flipped learning before, to help build understandings about flipped learning. We’ve hosted a webinar sharing how one teacher (Angela Stensness) has flipped learning in maths for her secondary students and Warren Grieves has shared a resource on how to teach/use Scratch through flipped learning instruction. The whole notion of flipped learning prompts us to reflect on teaching in a traditional sense – a model where;

...teachers share knowledge with students on a particular subject, through lessons that build on their prior knowledge and moves them toward a deeper understanding of the subject. (Ten Trends 2019 PDF, p22).

One of CORE’s Ten Trends 2019 looks at the Changing role of teachers, where we acknowledge a shift, is marked by a move from a “one- size- fits-all” approach of delivering and receiving knowledge, to an approach that honours the individual and their diversity (Ten Trends 2019 PDF, p22).

The demands on teachers to make this happen in a responsive and manageable way, could sound alarming for most, but at Ashhurst School the teachers are training themselves to implement strategies where students can learn new concepts through sourced or prepared video content; so that by the time they get to the teacher, time is freed-up for higher order application of the learning to occur. Ie; the students then do something with that learning. Who wouldn’t want to ‘free’ themselves up more to do what we’re meant to do – teach?

In this video, Teachers, Sara and Emma, explain how they plan their lessons for a flipped classroom including how they make their instructional videos. In this context the flipped learning occurs in the classroom but parents and whānau can also access the content if need be.

The digital tools they have used to create instructional videos include:

  • Quicktime: to video themselves or a screen capture
  • Explain Everything app: to video instructional video with voice-overs
  • Youtube: to store videos and create embed code to host elsewhere
  • Playposit: to insert learning activities (pause to reflect or discuss, links to websites etc)
  • Google site: to create a portal to house the content

Playposit tools

Playposit instructions tools

Are you interested in giving this a go on your own? Then you might like to:

If you're already flipping your lessons or have any questions, we'd love to hear more...


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