The shift away from solely lecture-based teaching combined with the widespread use of technology learning solutions is generating attention for the "flipped classroom." What's necessary in order to achieve a successful flipped classroom that encourages a student-centered approach to teaching while utilizing technology in a meaningful way? A recent Campus Technology article explores a new report on the "four pillars" of the flipped classroom:
- Flexible environments: Teachers must expect that class time will be "somewhat chaotic and noisy" and that timelines and expectations for learning assessments will have to be flexible as well.
- Culture shift: The classroom becomes student-centered. According to the guide: "Students move from being the product of teaching to the center of learning, where they are actively involved in knowledge formation through opportunities to participate in and evaluate their learning in a manner that is personally meaningful."
- Intentional content: Teachers are required to evaluate what they need to teach directly so that classroom time can be used for other methods of teaching, such as "active learning strategies, peer instruction, problem-based learning, or mastery or Socratic methods, depending on grade level and subject matter."
- Professional educators: The instructional videos used for flipped classrooms cannot replace trained, professional teachers.
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