Flipping the Science Classroom
The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework components of a course are reversed. Students view new material at home through various technological resources such as websites, videos, applications, and much more. In class, time is devoted to refining skills and concepts learned at home through exercises, projects, labs, or discussions. While this pedagogical approach is relatively new, studies show that this approach is being under-utilized in the science classroom. This course will show the benefits of incorporating this pedagogical approach in the science classroom, teach methods and resources available to teachers to aid in creating a flipped classroom lesson, and lastly provide an opportunity for teachers to create their own flipped classroom lesson and self-assess and reflect on the process.
Unit One: Why Flip Your Classroom?
In the first unit, participants will learn the benefits of incorporating flipped classroom lessons into their curriculum, specifically the science classroom.
Unit Two: How do I Create a Flipped Classroom Lesson? Resources to "Flip"
This part of the course examines specific technologies that aid in creating successful flipped classroom lessons. While videos are a flipped classroom staple, this part of the course examines video platforms for your students to access in addition to other resources such as YouTube, TedTalks, Annotation Software, iTunes, Simulations, Interactives, Models, and much more.
Unit Three: Creating a Flipped Classroom Lesson
In this unit, participants will identify a current lesson you are teaching in the classroom and walk through the process of transforming it to a flipped classroom format. Students will refer back to Unit 2 of the course, incorporating some of the resources they have learned about in order to create their own lesson.
Unit Four: Assessing Your Lesson
After creating a flipped classroom lesson, participants will self-assess their lessons and share their creations while writing a reflection on the flipped classroom experience and writing about their intentions to incorporate this pedagogical style in future teaching endeavors.