Perhaps the most important question is the one you see below.
Before I get there, let's look at some other pieces of feedback. Everyone answered this question, even if they rated my flipped-learning system as "Really Great". It was an open-response item, so I had to categorize the responses myself to build the graph below.
- "I did not enjoy the quizzes" -- That's okay, buddy. They're not my favorite thing either.
- "The quizzes sometimes needed very specific details on a certain topic." -- Yes.
- "The quiz taking part because sometimes you would forget something and fail because of it." -- Well, yeah that's how assessment works...but you always had a chance to retake those quizzes for mastery!
- "I felt like some of it was just memorization and less learning." -- Hmmmm, I wish he said more about that. Memorization is a form of learning, but what else did he have in mind?
The purple and green sections show the practical limits of digital instruction:
- "we could not ask immediate questions in person so that I could ask multiple questions while they were in my head"
- "Not being able to ask question until the next time we had class or during [intervention period]"
- "I did not like how sometimes the videos would be very long"
- "It relied too heavily on computers and technology"
- "i don't really like using the computer to get homework done." <-- This represents the 8% portion of 21st-century teenagers that don't feel like digital natives. We can't assume they all live online, or that every child enjoys screen time!
Let's end this post with some positive feedback. Again, I categorized the students' open-response submissions to search for trends.
- "What I liked the best was that the videos helped break down what the answer was and why it was that answer."
- "once you got into a routine, it made the process fast and simple."
- "It saved class time for more things related to the current topic."
- "It was nice not having loads of papers to carry around"
- "I like how it provides a chance for students with different learning styles to learn at their own pace."
- "I liked being explained what we were learning."
[to be continued]