When my colleague presented this idea to me, and after reading Flip Your Classroom in the summer of 2013, I was impressed that flipping could solve several problems at once:
- effectively differentiating for students' learning pace
- making homework more useful, relevant, and appealing
- connecting and informing my support staff and students' parents
- breaking free from a biased and boring textbook
- ensuring that students understand the basics before diving into specialized exploration (like research, role-playing, debates, etc.) or else they produce glittering projects of nothingness
However, the #flipclass community, related Facebook pages, and other digital sites look like Las Vegas Strip: strewn with glitzy ads for new apps, devices, consultants, and even more apps. The corporate-workshop and edtech vultures are circling; many administrators and teachers are easy prey.
I have higher hopes for FlipCon15 in Michigan, which sadly I cannot attend in person. I care much less about techie tools and video productions. I want to see and hear more about:
- How is flipped instruction helping us to narrow communication and achievement gaps?
- What barriers and fears prevent our colleagues from giving this a try?
- How should flipping look different at elementary -- middle -- high school levels? (How young is too young?)
- What do we do in our classrooms that we couldn't do before?