Good Blog Post on Pros & Cons of the Flipped Classroom

Mary Beth Hertz, an elementary computer teacher in Philadelphia, PA wrote an interesting blog post at Edutopia. In the post she presents some pros and cons of the flipped classroom model.

In this post, I will present some of her pros and let you got to her post to read the cons. The following are some important points about flipping the classroom that Mary Beth blogs about:

  • The most important thing about the flipped classroom is the face to face interaction and meaningful learning activities.
  • It should be a mixture of direct instruction and constructivism.
  • For students to be successful in a flipped model – videos must include a variety of approaches.

Here are some of the pros, according to Mary Beth Hertz, of the flipped classroom model:

  • Allows students to individualize their learning and move at their own pace.
  • Students can review what they need – when they need it.
  • Students can catch up on missed lessons.

Check out her post for the cons – if you are a classroom teacher, I think the challenges she lists will resonate with you.

Don’t Collaborate Without a Protocol!

This article from the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement is one of many that warns school leaders of the dangers of putting teachers in a room to collaborate without a highly structured protocol guiding their conversation.

This video below of a highly motivated team, working hard and working together shows that without a plan – teamwork doesn’t always result in the positive outcomes that you might envision.

Project Glass – This Changes Everything!

Google Glasses
Project Glass may assist the shift of computers being “everywhere, yet nowhere.”

Throughout the history of mankind, there have been many shifts and many different types of shifts.  The most recent shifts have been documented in the many Youtube “Shift Happens” videos.  Some shifts sneak up on us and we didn’t see them coming and people kind of look around asking themselves what happened to the “good old days”.  As I watched the Project Glass Live Demo at Google I/O I got the sensation that I was witnessing a huge shift in the making.  In his keynote speech at the 2012 eTech Ohio conference for educators, Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, gave his vision for the future of computing.  He explained that computers would be like electricity – it would be everywhere, yet nowhere.  He described electricity as being all around us but yet we never see it – it is just there.  The Google Glasses are the tip of the iceberg in this trend.

My next question becomes, how will or can this technology impact education?  Additionally, how will school policies adapt to allow educators and students to take advantage of this shift?