Why have I flipped?

What is Flip?

F=  Flexible Enviroment

L= Learning Culture

I= Intentional Content

P= Professional Educator

There is a new emphasis on coaching rather than lecturing, using everyday mobile devises. With emerging technologies and the need for new ways of communication, not to mention fitting in to a new build that does not have the teaching space we are used to, things have to change. 

So I thought I would have a look in to the world of flipped learning to see how this will fit with my students, whilst incorporating web 2 applications.

What & why?

Flip teaching or a flipped classroom is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teachers offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing. This is also known as backwards classroom, flipped classroom, reverse teaching. (Wikipedia 2014 online).

I first thought are we creating robo teacher to replace the real thing, but realised that to flip you still need to develop the resource and be there to check learning has taken place. I also realised that in doing this you are creating independence and although it takes time to create these resources it does reduce time spent  in delivery underpinning knowledge and puts the ownership on the learner. You can flip the knowledge part of delivery come in to the class room and and check the understanding, or start the applying in preparation for analysis, cutting down classroom time, ideal for the open learning spaces of a modern college, provided we have mobile devises available.

I am not sure if I have become engaged in the concept of flipped or more so the resources I can use to flip that interests me, and until I have started flipping I will remain unsure of this answer.

The concept was first introduced in to the classroom in 2006 by Tenneson & McGlasson,  with the emphasis on showing videos to demonstrate knowledge, it has since developed further the incorporate electronic resources to educate and communicate to the community.  The idea being classroom is truly student-centered and teachers are free to engage with students on an individual level (Flipped learning network 2014 Online). There are lots of U tube videos on the flipped concept, however I found this link interesting.


Having this interesting insight I set about exploring the resources that can be used to flip learning, you can see how I got on and experience some of the developments in my three developed resources pages.  


Reference list:

Flipped Learning Newtwork (2014) gateway to student engament [Online] Avalilable:  http://flippedlearning.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=82&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=103&PageID=1 [22may 2014]

Wikepedia (2014) What is flipped learning? [Online] Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_teaching [22 may 2014]

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WOW I am cooking on gas

I think I have just wrote a whole FD Paper centred around web 2 pot holes, I was so engrossed in the investigation I have spent a whole day doing this, and finally I have published some work of art, well I think so.

Have a look at the web pages that I have developed that provide links to the following titles:

1. What is Web 2 & web 2 & teaching and learning

2. Web 2.0 Potholes

3. Links to useful resources

4. Three developed flipped learning tools 

Wow and I have just discovered colour within the blog…

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My Padlet Experience

I liked the idea of Padlet, it seemed easy to create and it was, and you get to keep the evidence, not like post it notes, where students cannot reflect back on them as they end up in the bin. That is of course you publish the wall in something like Moodle.

Not all students had the technology to use it interactively as I would have liked, with many having to use the desktop sets following the URL link. Maybe we are not all as techno update as we would like to think.

Students embraced Padlet and I feel they said what they wanted as it was anonymous, they coudl also see what other feel and for me it provided feedback to use in the future.


Have a look at how I got on..


padlet wall

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See how Animoto works

The idea of me using Animoto is to capture the learner journey in a video sense using pictures. Students will be presented with a CD of linked videos (when I work out how to link them all that is) as a reminder of their time at college. I so wish I had something like this to look back over or maybe not as it could have been incriminating…  

xmas animoto

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Reflection what do I already know and what do I now know?

Having had the time to process all the names of new resources flying around in class, ironically TAP day followed with a total new concept centred around teaching and learning (sharing good practice) overdue may I add, but never the less it was a welcomed experience and yet again more names of resources were hitting me head on, I am now firmly in a spin….

The week opened up my locked filing cabinet (in my head of course) of resources I have already had experience of using, firmly forgotten that old TIME thing. (Think I may be reflecting here).

How on earth do I remember all this? I know I will put in to practice some new technology in the form of WORDLE, t create an old and new list, so here it is.


New resources

new resources I ahve identifed

Old resources



This got me thinking! How do I store all these resources in a memory bank.

The outcome! I have created a page within this blog called Electronic resources web links

I am really enjoying this and I just had to pinch this quote as it sums up my felling so far.

“There is no better way to understand the impact of the Read/Write Web than becoming a part of it” (Richardson, 2010, p.38).

Richardson, W., (2010). Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. U.S.A: Corwin



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My Journey Begins here!

Day 1 – I have just been introduced in to the world of the “unknown” as I call it (blogging).

Being receptive to social sites this a FIRST for me, I am old fashioned at heart  and believe in face to face communication, as I find it easier to read reactions this way, I also find it more personal, something I feel social networking takes away.

As they say out with the old in with the new

Mitchell (1999, p.6) states Blogs are the latest in a series of  innovations that have been hailed for their revolutionary potential.

I like the word potential! and I am excited about other technologies that can be implemented within the blog, being a person who loves new ideas and learning new electronic teaching resources (except social networking of course) I have a real buzz about what lies ahead, and I cannot wait to share my experiences of new and emerging-technology I come across and sharing their implementation success.

Enjoy my blogging blagger journey.

Mitchell (1999) cited in O’Donnell, M.,  ‘Blogging as pedagogic practice: artefact and ecology’ Asia Pacific Educator , 17 2006, p.6. Available: http:// ro.uow.edu.au/apme/vol1/iss17/3

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