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Connected for Learning: Flipping the Classroom

My presentation at Connected for Learning: Flipping the Classroom was about my experiences and plans for flipping my Art & Design Context class. It’s a unit that has been problematic in terms of student achievement, however through changing the classroom activities and style of teaching & learning I’ve managed to improve student achievement over the past 3 years. This year I decided to experiment with a ‘flipped classroom’ approach and try to cut down on classroom lectures and increase the amount of assessment done in class time.

Classroom lectures tend to be boring and often demonstrate all that is wrong with the Aeroplane Model of Education (sit down, face forward, switch off all electronic devices and belt up! @timrylands). Also, students tend to work on assessments in isolation, when they really need guidance and mentoring to keep them on track.

I’ve given my students TV shows (Art of America BBC4), Youtube Videos, lecture recordings and websites as research material and set them the task of researching art & design movements. This research is carried out away from class, in a place and a time of the students’ choosing. This is in line with a theory put forward by Jason Fried in his TED video entitled ‘Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work‘.

Back in the classroom we will work on the assessments, analysing the research and writing it up as a report. Almost universally students are poor at writing reports. It’s a skill that isn’t practised enough, and in making the assessment a classroom activity I’m better placed to help students select relevant research and write it in the correct format. I’m hoping that this will help the students’ future education and employment prospects.

Links from my presentation at Connected for Learning: Flipping the Classroom, Stirling, 20th December 2011.

Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work – Jason Fried, TED

Facebook in the Classroom – Gillian McArthur, Carnegie College

Supporting Learning with Facebook, Google and WordPress – JISC RSC Scotland

A Day in the Life of Social Media – DBA Worldwide

Categories: Conference, CPD
  1. Erica S
    April 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

    What a great approach to a 21st century classroom! I agree with you that students learn best when they are applying what they have been taught, not when they are being “talked” at. (your aeroplane model description)
    Are there more teachers with your type of principles where you teach? If not, is it a hard adjustment for the students? Also, are the assessments matching up to the knowledge that is being instilled in them? I think that guiding kids and being more of a facilitator is what will bring about the most application of the knowledge they will need when they enter the workforce. Keep up the great work. I would love any idea for an elementary level, if you are willing to share 🙂

  2. colinmaxwell
    November 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    A year on and there has been an improvement in achievement compared to previous years in Art & Design: Context. It was good to have students coming into class already with a knowledge of the subjects and already with fairly clear ideas about the areas they were going to research. This saved so much time in the classroom, where I was able to use that time to help them improve their writing and research skills. Unfortunately I haven’t been timetabled to teach this subject this year, so won’t have the opportunity to build on this work.

  1. February 9, 2013 at 1:05 am

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