The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is the independent authority responsible for the development of a national curriculum, a national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program that supports 21st century learning for all Australian students.I love the way how they directly talk about '21st century learning for all Australian students.' This notion is extremely important. The flipped model of learning is revolutionary for some and old hat for others. For those who have been living under a rock lately Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams do a fantastic job exploring the notion on their blog. My simple definition is that the flipped classroom provides opportunities for teachers to help students think deeply and solve complex issues. The 'boring instruction' is done at home using medium such as video and the application of knowledge gained is applied in the classroom setting.
On our last pupil free day, I really started to think about this notion. I personally think that Mathematics is the easiest curriculum area to 'flip'. I have had some success with it in the past and have promised Jess Oram that I will write a more detailed blog post about it in the future. The kids really got into it and we had some success. With the new curriculum being provided unit by unit, I really think that there is an opportunity for teachers to work together. Wouldn't it be awesome if little Johnny sitting in my classroom is watching a video created by a teacher on the other side of the classroom? Then he comes to school the next day and we explore the concept in more detail and apply his understanding about the topic to new and unfamiliar contexts?
But the key question is - How can we share these videos across education systems? Obviously here in Education Queensland, we have the fantastic Learning Place and edTube is a great medium. But how am I going to bring the teacher in from Western Australia? The obvious answer is YouTube but as we all know, the majority of schools block this resource for kids. The kids would be watching the videos at home but still some parents have concerns about this tool. If the videos were licensed under the proper Creative Commons attribution on YouTube, the teacher could use an extension from Firefox or Chrome to download it and provide it to the students. This seems like a messy way to me but it may the best way to get the job done.
I am not saying that this model of instruciton is the be all and end all of everything. It certainly has some drawbacks and I know that some parents have some concerns about it. I just think it is an opportunity to put the students first and provide them with the best possible educational experiences. I would be really interested to hear your thoughts about this notion.
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