Variety in Learning – The Impact of Flipping Your Classroom.

Want a picture of flipped learning from many perspectives? Alex Nixon (@Science_Sauce) shares collage of innovators and practitioners he assembled for a teaching session in Bahrain.  Check out this short video and the story behind it, courtesy of @Science_Sauce himself. 

By: Alex Nixon @Science_Sauce

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With continuing improvements in video making and content sharing technology, flipped learning certainly has a place in many of the classrooms of tomorrow (and today, for that matter). For a session I recently ran at the Future Learning Summit at St Christopher’s International School, Bahrain, I decided Flipped Learning was a great topic to discuss at a summit centered around the future of education.

My session focused on why variety is important for today’s learners, and how flipped learning is an ideal platform to facilitate variety in the classroom because it frees up lesson time and gives teachers more freedom to do whatever activities suit their learners and their lesson content. As flipped learning was a focus of the session I decided it had to be flipped; teachers were given a handout as they entered and were tasked to follow the link to watch the video while completing the concept check questions. After that, we delved into a range of discussion-based activities. This provided a good opportunity for some teachers to gain an understanding of what flipped learning is, as it was possible that some attendees no flipped learning experience.

In the video I present two arguments for why variety matters. The first relates to how learners build unique understandings rather than taking in facts as is, and that the route to gaining that understanding will be unique to each learner. The second argument is that today’s learners’ minds are accustomed to variety because of their use of technology and the constant multi-tasking they do with their smartphones and other devices. The arguments are supported by academic literature and the sources are cited throughout the video.

The video was essentially a narrated presentation created in Apple’s Keynote, using a range of graphics from Pixabay.com, as well as the in-app images that are already available in Keynote. To make it a little more interesting, I used on overhead camera looking down at a green sheet of paper, and created a little “press” button, which I press periodically. I use chroma keying (green screening) to replace the green paper in the shot with my presentation, and the slides transition every time I hit the “press” button. I narrated with the Zoom H6’s mid-side microphone, and the whole thing was edited with Adobe Premiere Pro.

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