[caption id="attachment_102020" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Jasmine Redeaux (left) and Nakesha Wilkerson (right) team up to finish a worksheet in their "flipped" chemistry class at their Macon, Ga., high school, while other classmates work on a lab. (Sarah Butrymowicz/MCT)"][/caption]

When Portland, Ore., elementary school teacher Sacha Luria decided last fall to try the new education strategy called "flipping the classroom," she faced a big obstacle.

Flipped classrooms use technology—online video instruction, laptops, or DVDs of lessons—to reverse what students traditionally have done in class and at home to learn. Listening to lectures becomes the...

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