The word “flip” has so many meanings it would take a whole article just to unpack them. But for our purposes, “flip” describes a new approach to teaching.

Traditional Lesson

  • Teacher presents a lesson in class.
  • Teacher gives an assignment.
  • Students grapple with homework.
  • Teacher gets one shot to explain.
  • Student gets one shot to learn.

Flipped Lesson

  • Teacher videotapes the lesson presentation.
  • Lesson is posted on YouTube or teacher's web page.
  • Video is viewed by students as "homework."
  • Students watch as many times as necessary to understand concept.
  • Assignment is completed in class during the next class period.

Advantages to Flipping the Instruction

  • Teacher produces the best lesson by preparing, videotaping, editing, adding graphics, incorporating music, etc.
  • Teacher may augment lesson with additional material on the same subject.
  • Student may view lesson as many times as needed.
  • Student completes the assignment in class where feedback is immediate and personal, unlike homework, teacher is available.
  • Students can interact and learn from each other.

A Ted Talk about using video to reinvent education by Salman Kahn.

This presentation talks about the role of video flipping instruction.