A tutorial that demonstrates how useful the Flipped Classroom approach can be to teaching online. This video is full of practical ideas of how you could use the Flipped Classroom approach when delivering an online course. When working with tools like Zoom and Adobe Connect, we don’t want to spend too much time actually teaching. We want to spend more time working with the students in breakout rooms and getting them sharing and processing language. The idea of the Flipped Classroom is that the students do the lower order thinking skills at home so that they can do more group based, task based type learning when they are working in an online context. Tools like Google Maps or Google Earth are great tools for this. Teachers can model examples in the lesson, get the students to prepare a similar activity at home and then in class, students can work in break out rooms and share their ideas. This way you are making much better use of the live sessions. Instead of the teacher always being the focus of the lessons, the students can be working in breakout rooms and immediately sharing, collaborating and processing knowledge. It is vital that you understand the principles of the Flipped Classroom. You can apply these in the delivery of your classes. It does not mean that you don’t do any teaching in the live part of the lesson but it hopefully means that the live part is more student-focused and the students get more time to process and work with the things they are learning. The Flipped Classroom online does rely of course on the students working at home and preparing activities and I know that this can be very difficult. You don’t have to get them to do big pieces of work, it can be something basic but the idea is that you want the students to have something prepared on something done that they can immediately use in the live Zoom online sessions. It can be an effective way of working.
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