The terms ‘flipped learning’ and ‘flipped classroom’ have been doing the rounds discussion in the education space for quite some time now. Leading schools advertise themselves to be practitioners of ‘flipped learning’. Today’s blog post offers an insight to teachers and instructors to truly innovate and offer their students a genuine ‘flipped learning’ experience.
Look Beyond the Textbook
The textbook is not the ‘Holy Grail’ – some of the best teachers that I have known when in school employed story-telling techniques to teach concepts and theories. The textbook was used to supplement the learning that they offered. If you are looking to flip the classroom then free your students from the burden of the textbook. Inspire them to think, to ask questions and to read as many books as possible.
Use Relevant Videos
Recently an article was published of a young school-teacher in rural Maharashtra who inspired the students in his village school to study better by sharing relevant instructional videos on a tablet device. This is of special significance because this is a remote village far removed from the comforts and advantages of a big city. This teacher would visit the nearest town a good three hours away by road, visit an internet browsing center, search and download instructional videos from YouTube and then transfer them to his tablet device. This young teacher was felicitated by the Government and is an example of how a dedicated teacher can change the destiny of the students of a village.
Videos are an effective teaching medium, they hold the interest of young learners and also contribute to improved retention of learning.
As stated in the earlier paragraph, just one tablet-device with off-line videos brought about positive changes in a village school. Think of the impact that could be achieved in an internet-enabled classroom, where videos can be streamed or students can interact with students and teachers from other schools. The learning possibilities that a steady internet connection can offer are truly infinite.
Creating Original Content
Yes, this truly works wonders, your own original content can go into helping students understand concepts better. Animated story-telling tools like Plotagon allow teachers as well as students to create animated videos using pre-defined characters and scenes, the user enters the script for the video and then the video is rendered and played. If you still face problems in creating video content, the humble PowerPoint can also be used to create interesting presentations.
Make Students Accountable
A great teacher is one who empowers his/her students and instils in them courage, self-belief and confidence to succeed. Allow your students to take the initiative and work together as teams on educational projects in the classroom. Communicate with them efficiently to remove the fear of exams. Conduct ample practice tests and assessments and figure out which students need added support in which subject-area. Effective communication between ‘parent-student-teacher’ is an integral part of a child’s academic progress and will help the student succeed. Empower your students and celebrate each small success that they achieve and praise them in the class to motivate them to perform better.
Using India Grid for Learning to Enable Flipped Learning
India Grid for Learning offers an interactive digital learning experience through its state-of-the-art digital content library that features content and learning resources from over 50 academic publishers. The system is designed to make learning a pleasure and not a chore and will definitely improve the retention of learning leading to a better academic score. Not just academic scores but students will genuinely be interested to learn more about subjects and topics that they like. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about IGfL and the portfolio of learning products that we offer.