You’ve probably heard of a learning technique called flipped classroom. But what does it actually mean, and how can it enhance your lessons?
Flipped classroom is a form of blended learning that encourages students to study new topics in advance of lessons.
As a topic is introduced before the lesson, you can spend more time in class identifying any areas of difficultly for your students and consolidating their understanding of key concepts. The flipped classroom approach also leaves more time for group discussion and collaborative, practical work in lessons.
Short videos make great resources for students to use independently for flipped classroom learning, as they offer information in a concise and engaging format. Videos also allow your students to learn at their own pace – pausing and rewinding to ensure that they’ve understood everything.
The flipped classroom has drastically changed schools’ exam results.
Clintondale High School is thought to have been one of the first ‘flipped schools’. Clintondale had been struggling with results, with many students failing science and maths. But when the flipped classroom was introduced, failure rates more than halved, dropping from 44% to 13% in maths, and 41% to 19% in science.
But the flipped classroom approach has raised a number of problems for teachers. Firstly, it’s difficult to find short videos online which just cover the key learning points of the curriculum.
Secondly, with a video online there’s no way of monitoring whether to not your students have actually watched them – let alone whether or not they’ve understood the content!
That’s why Twig has created Assignments – a new feature that lets you set Twig films as homework and monitor whether or not your students have watched them.
Accompanying each from in Twig Assignments is a list of key points, supplementary material to broaden your students’ knowledge and quizzes that let you see how much your students have learnt. The quiz results are recorded in graphs, which measure your students’ progress over time and show which bits they found the trickiest.