Curious? Here are a couple of “flipped classroom” videos to view and a couple of articles to read.  Discover more about the new revolution in education that is helping students learn.

Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help. – from TED Talk

For those of you curious to see a “flipped classroom” in action, here is video on a “flipped” physics class at Harvard.  Notice how the students are learning by teaching each other after reading the material before coming to class.   Great example of our new understanding of how we learn.  Kids best learn by teaching others – just like the medical school teaching technique: see it, do it, teach it.  A great strategy for making concepts and meaning “stick!”

OK, so Harvard is bit beyond Middle School.  Flipping for Beginners. is a  “How-To” article by David Saltman in Harvard Education Letter: Tech Talk on how high schools are “flipping instruction”,  (Volume 27, Number 6 November/December 2011)

“Since she began ‘flipping’ lectures and homework assignments, high school science teacher Shelley Wright has noticed something: the number of students failing her course has dropped from the usual three to zero. Departmental exam scores are higher, too.”  David Saltman

Lectures are Homework in Schools Following Khan Academy Lead, Education Week.  This article explains about the Khan Academy  5th – 8th pilot program Los Altos School District, California. (published on-line, Sept. 2011)

And finally, Meet Sal Khan: the Seinfeld of the Education Revolution, an article from Mindshift including a Salman Khan Q&A.

Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture – Slideshare by Jackie Gerstein

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About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

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