PLN – something I have learnt… Flip Learning
One of the wonderful things about a PLN is that you are constantly coming across new ideas or old ideas re-invented that encourage you to think.
Recently I came across The Khan Academy and found it quite interesting. This wasn’t the concept that challenged me or made me think differently initially, as I thought of it as a handy tool. What started to make me think was the way those in my PLN were starting to use it, with the concept of flip learning being tossed around.
My understanding of Flip Learning so far is where students watch the videos from The Khan Academy at home for home work. This is the direct teaching of the subject matter. In class time the teacher then runs the lesson more like a tutorial and a place where what was seen as traditional homework takes place. The aim of this is to provide students with an expert to support them when they are applying the concepts that have been presented. From the conversations I observe this appears to be something that is being used in the area of maths.
I do find areas of this challenging and consequently am still forming my own view on this, some if these areas include:
Equity – how do you cater for those that don’t have access at home?
Differentiation – are there examples of how this has been incorporated?
Concept of home work – responses from students, what are their thoughts? What is the impact on a lesson if the videos have not been watched?
Parents – how are they responding to this?
The thing I like most about this concept is it is tuning into using technology the way students like to use it. It is asking students to complete a task that does not require extra help regarding the concepts, as they are receiving direct teaching at that particular moment. They can wrestle with their understanding of it in class later.