targeted Audience–20% project-Feb 28

Teachers would be my targeted audience regarding any information about flip learning in the classroom. If they heard of the topic and may have some misconception or resentments of the topic, I have to make sure that these are addressed. I also have to come from the perspective of someone teacher who has never heard of the topic, so explaining exactly what and clearly what flipping a classroom is needs to be addressed first.
In order to make my blog easily readable I would divide into different topic, like chapters in a book,  so that individual questions are addressed, and my audience can click to what is interesting to them and ignore the rest. I have to make sure that I present to them real experiences and outcomes of flipping a classroom in order to make my research more credible.
I would also provide links to an actual example, and any other links that may be appropriate. Even though teachers would be my main audience, administrators and parents of students will be interested in the topic as well.
Tags to key words such as teaching, flipped classroom, learning through technology, meaningful learning, visual demonstration, lectures ; would help any  person interested in the topic easily find my blog through the internet world.

My Floor Plan

My Floor Plan

My classroom is going to encourage virtual learning, all desks will have their own computers, so that videos and demonstrations will be easily shared and viewed by everyone. The teacher would have  a smart board and lectern as well to bring the class back together.

The side tables would be used for group projects, or discussions. This would encourage collaborative learning on top of information shared online.  The corner computers would be used as a base if problems occur to student’s own computers.

The side tables to the right would be used for papers, demonstrations, handouts, or extra table space for students. The cork board would be used for visual reminders of the topic we covered.

Side shelves would be used for storage and extra space for books, papers, book bags…

Many windows can be found around the classroom for natural sunlight. There are two doors to access the classroom, one to enter and one to exit.

Many plants can be found in the classroom to encourage the study  and have visuals of plants and nature. This would be a science oriented class.


Blog reflection of my 20% project–Febuary 14

The title for my project so far is :”The advantages and disadvantages of flip learning in science classes.”  
I first want to list a series of questions and concerns that I have about flip learning and see through research if these questions are adressed… This will help put perameters in my research and maybe address the concerns others might also have on this topic.

Questions such as:

1. What are the immediate and long term benefits  of flip learning?

2. What this type of teaching more or less time consuming,for both the students and the teacher?Are text books completely eliminated? How is class time used?

3. Since the lecture is not interactive, and traditionally lectures are always modified according to the students needs, how are these questions and needs carefully addressed?How are their concerns clarified?

4. How are special needs children supported?

5. Is there an age limitation to using this method? Too much flexibility, or responsibility.

6. Are the resources available to all teachers and students? Are the skills carefully presented to the teachers so that no disadvantages arise from the traditional method?

7. Is it going to be part of a bigger problem, that one institution is going to to “own” is all, allowing less flexibility teachers.

8. Does it allow for more a passive then interactive and active learning? How does the student teach how watch the video content for comprehension?

9. At what point does flip learning become destructive in science? Since science is always seen as an interactive discipline regarding observations, data analysis, and lab work.


These are quotes from teachers who used this method of teaching:

One criticized:

“It’s not the flipped classroom specifically,” Bogost, a game designer and professor in the School of Literature, Media and Communication, said. “It’s kind of the evolving anxiety involved with … the operation and ownership of institutions.There is reason to believe that continued investment in even the local, non-scaled, modest version of flipped classrooms will at the end of the day benefit these MOOC-like solutions because they will provide evidence and fodder and materials in general,” he said.

Others enjoyed the idea,
Shelly Wright described in her blog to her superintendent:
At the end, he looked at me and said, “So the videos — did you make your own, or use ones that someone else had made?” My immediate thought was, “you don’t get it.” I was candid: “If you think it’s only about the videos, then you have a really shallow definition of what this could be. The real power is when students take responsibility for their own learning.”