Seems like flipping your classroom is the new rage in technology, but for the life of me, I cannot understand why. So flipping your classroom involves you videotaping you teaching a lesson, you post it somewhere (YouTube, Moodle, etc), and students view it at home or in school as needed. Sort of like a tutorial module. But I just see so many cons against this. The first, and maybe the deal breaker for many, is what about students without internet access? If this instruction is anything less than review, then you are missing some of your students. Unless, you can send home a tablet or other device with the student–maybe a DVD with the content.
Then another issue–isn’t this another form of direct instruction? Yes, I can watch an instructional video, but that is probably my learning style. If we continue to preach to teach higher level thinking, is lecture style, even on YouTube, worthy? Same issues I possess regarding Khan Academy. Yes, great tutorial videos, but they are still just direct instruction. What about the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy–evaluating, creating, etc, etc?
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