What Is A Flipped Classroom? (Updated For 2013)

Flipped learning has been around for awhile. It’s a rethinking of the standard classroom model that puts students in the driver’s seat. With the influx of technology into education, the flipped classroom model has really taken off. In fact, it’s one of the hottest education trends we’ve been monitoring on Edudemic for the past 4 years. We published a useful guide to flipped classrooms many moons ago but were excited to see an updated visual guide to flipped classrooms from the fine folks at We Are Teachers. It details the basics of flipping, apps that you should use in a flipped classroom, and more.

See Also: The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms and  The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms

What A Flipped Classroom Requires

To start, the visual lays out what it takes to get started. It details the big questions you should ask yourself, the tools that you should consider using in this type of setup, and more.

How It Actually Works

Next, the guide moves onto how it actually works. This part is a bit brief but hey, it’s an infographic. What do you expect? In any case, this part touches on a key point about flipping: it’s not about where and when the learning will take place, it’s all about who the attention is focused on. Typically, it’s on the teacher and the old ‘eyes-front’ ideology. In this new type of setup, the attention is focused on the learner. That means the teacher is more of a guide on the side rather than a sage on the stage.

Should You Flip?

Most teachers have not (yet) flipped their classrooms. They’ve heard about it, to be sure. But they just haven’t taken the leap. I can’t blame them, though. There’s so many new classroom trends and tools coming down the pipeline that it’s easy to just sit back and wait for things to fall where they may. It’s easier to just keep going along business as usual and even ignoring all the trends.

But that would be wrong.

You can’t grow as a teacher or student without experimenting. Flipping has been around for enough years now that it makes sense to at least give it a try. It’s not some fly-by-night idea. It’s a practice being used by thousands of classrooms around the world. Why not give it a try? This visual guide should get you started on the right foot. Enjoy!

flipped classroom guide