8 Articles Exploring Benefits of Flipped Classroom for Special Needs Students

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Many Educators Have Written About How They See the Flipped Classroom Helping Students With Special Needs

One of the participants in on of my 4 Week Online Flipped Classroom Workshop worked with special needs students. Just last week, another educator reached out to inquire about resources focused on flipped teaching and learning for students with disabilities or other special needs. I have to imagine there are plenty of other teachers who work with students with special needs who are thinking about how the flipped classroom might benefit them. So I Googled “flipped classroom and special needs students” and found a wealth of articles worth sharing.

Apparently, quite a few educators believe that flipped teaching and learning can be particularly effective with special needs students. Read for yourself what they’ve written!

Flipping the Classroom for Students With Learning Disabilities by Norene Wiesen

“For many teachers, the words “flipped classroom” are nothing more than a synonym for having students watch pre-recorded lesson videos at home and then do related assignments – formerly homework – during class time. There’s no doubt that that is exactly what the flipped classroom typically looks like on the surface. But when flip teaching is done right, what matters is that it uses time differently and more effectively, in ways that can profoundly benefit all learners, including students with learning disabilities …”

Flipping the Classroom for Students with Special Needs – Our Presentation, Tools and a Case Study by Andrea Prupas

“We recently presented our ideas and current work on “Flipping the classroom for students with special needs” at ATIA 2013. As we have posted previously, the flipped classroom has been making some big waves in the last year in both K-12 and in higher education. We’ve been working on this initative and wanted to share our resources so that we can generate ideas and discussion in this new and growing area.”

‘Flipped’ Classrooms Could Benefit Special-Needs Students by Beth Arky

“We were excited to read about “flipped” classrooms in two recent New York Times columns by Tina Rosenberg. The concept is simple: Rather than instruct students throughout the school day and expect them to put the material into practice in the form of homework, have them do the practical, hands-on work at school, under teachers’ supervision and at their own pace. Then, have them pick up the concepts by watching videotaped lectures at home.”

Flipping the Classroom for Special Needs Students by Bridget McCrea

“In Cornwall-Lebanon School District (PA), there was a time when students who suffered from severe disabilities and were unable to speak had to use a DynaVox speech communication solution to talk to teachers and collaborate with classmates. The bulky, clunky equipment wasn’t portable, said Jason Murray, the district’s technology coordinator, which meant that it certainly couldn’t play a part in a flipped classroom …”

Can Special Education Students Benefit From Flipped Classrooms? by Kelsey Herron

“Many of you have probably read about flipped classrooms—a new instructional model that brings traditional homework into the classroom and students watch the lecture at home the night before. This allows teachers to spend more one-on-one time with students.  With its one-on-one intensity, the flipped classroom could be a boon for special education students, but not without some adaptations first.”

The Surprising Ways BYOD, Flipped Classrooms, and 1-to-1 Are Being Used in the Special Ed Classroom by Dian Schaffhauser

“The latest compilation from the US Department of Education (from 2010-2011) reports that about 13 percent of public school enrollment consists of students served by special education programs. That count has pretty much stayed the same for the last 13 years. What’s different now is that, as technology pervades all aspects of the classroom, special education teachers need to make a decision about whether they’re going to stay on track with specialized assistive technologies or adopt some of the mainstream ones that general education students are using.”

Flipped learning is changing the face of special ed by Dennis Pierce

“At E.L. Haynes High School in Washington, D.C., 44 percent of students are English language learners, have special needs, or both. Yet all of the students in this urban charter school’s first graduating class have been accepted into college, said Principal Caroline Hill—and she attributed this success to a personalized, self-paced approach made possible by technology.”

Flipping a Classroom and Special Education by Glenda Hampton Anderson

(I see Glenda used my image, which I created for a prior post and then re-used above. Remember everyone, Web protocol requires citing the source of images you borrow).

“As schools shift to mobile device usage and new forms of technology inspired instruction, such as flipping the classroom, special education is realizing the power of these mainstream approaches for its assistive technologies, modifications and accommodations. It is an exciting time! Assistive technology is blurring with educational technology. It’s a dream coming true.

I just love the idea of flipping a classroom. For our students with learning challenges, this could be the cat’s meow! As special educators, this could be a wonderful strategy to help general education teachers explore. Talk about pre-teaching! The main theory behind a flipped classroom is having the lecture/lesson video taped and/or in digital format (a Youtube, a TED Talk, etc.) then watched at home, the classwork is then project based… when our normal approach has more of an approach to lecture/provide the lesson at school and the project at home. In the flipped classroom. the teacher is more of a facilitator.”

Are you using the flipped classroom with special needs students? We hope you will drop a comment and share a little about your experience!

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