What educators need to know about Flipped Learning Day

What you need to know about Flipped Learning Day; join a global network of forward-thinking educators


On Sept. 6, 2013, educators around the world will take a pledge to try one of the most discussed learning methods in classrooms today: flipped learning.

As of Sept. 1, hundreds of teachers in 23 countries have pledged to flip one lesson to experience flipped learning, with the expectation this leads to further flipped units or an entire course. This is the second year the Flipped Learning Network has held Flipped Learning Day.

In the flipped learning model, some or most of direct instruction is delivered outside the classroom using video or other modes of delivery. Class time, then, is available for students to engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with their peers, and evaluate their progress. Teachers can provide one-on-one assistance, guidance, and inspiration.

Based on a survey conducted by the Speak Up National Research Project in the fall of 2012, the Flipped Learning Network (FLN) estimates that only three percent of teachers in the U.S. know about or “do” flipped learning–yet 27 percent of principals indicated their teachers wanted to try it this year.

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Teachers can either create or curate a lesson on Flipped Learning Day. FlippedLearning.org offers tutorials for creating videos as well as video lessons from companies and nonprofits that teachers can adapt to fit in their classrooms.

(Next page: How to participate in Flipped Learning Day)

According to the FLN, there are a multitude of resources educators can use to “create” a flipped lesson. For example, TechSmith (a FLN partner) has created a tutorial on how to make videos. Click here to see how to get started, how to identify a lesson, and organize, record, review and share your screencast. While TechSmith offers a 30-day free trial, the company is offering an educator discount to purchase it. Learn more here.

Educators can also use Adobe Presenter to get started. Watch this video for more information on AdobePresenter. Free 30-day trials available.

For those educators interested in Curating for Flipped Learning Day, borrowing someone else’s content is not a problem, according to the FLN. Companies and nonprofits alike have contributed to a list of lessons for teachers to select from for Flipped Learning Day.  Browse through the list of a dozen options and look at the subjects, grade bands, and relevancy to what you are teaching on Sept 6. Once you find a lesson, review all and then adapt as needed to fit the classroom.

Some examples of lessons include:
– Project WET: Discover the Journey of Water in the Water Cycle
– Carolina Biological Supply Company: How Big is a Living Cell?
– PBS LearningMedia: Design and Build a Tangle-Free Headphone Holder
– Sophia Learning: The Study of Density
– WGBH: Internal and External Character Conflict
– Mackin Educational Resources: Computer Use & Policies
– eduCanon: Inference vs. Observation
– Channel One: National Youth Orchestra Ambassadors Program
– Knowmia: What is Temperature? Or Distance Formula

To sign up for the Flipped Learning Day pledge, visit http://fln.schoolwires.net//site/Default.aspx?PageID=72

To read some of the latest updates on Flipped Learning, read:

Take a look into Aaron Sams’ classroom as he explains why he flipped his classroom. Sams, along with Jonathan Bergmann, were the first to flip their classes. They currently teach in Woodland Park, Colorado.

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