In my class, students and parents quickly become familiar with flip videos, as they are typically assigned for homework two evenings a week. Below is the information I provide to parents at the beginning of the school year so they understand the purpose and benefits of these videos.
A “flip” is a short instructional video that students watch from home. It is called a “flip video” because the instruction is literally flipped…students can learn some of the content at home, allow it to marinate overnight, and the following day we can focus on the application of this new content. Below is a list of some of the benefits to using flip videos in the classroom. The video provides an excellent overview and explanation of the flip model.
- Flipping helps students of all abilities excel – The flip delivers benefits to students across the full spectrum of abilities – from the students who struggle to absorb material as they frantically copy down notes, to the student who is ahead of the curve and gets bored. Having access to consume and replay learning content on demand and increased access to teachers in the classroom can benefit everyone!
- Students have more control – By providing short instructional videos at home, students are given the freedom to learn at their own pace. Students may pause or rewind the videos, write down questions they may have, and discuss them with their teacher and peers in class. This also allows students who need more time to understand certain concepts to take their time reviewing the material without getting left behind. As a result, this not only improves student achievement, but improves student behavior in class as well.
- Flipping increases student-teacher interaction– As a teacher, the ultimate benefit I see when using flip videos is the time I get to spend with students in class, the nature of which changes greatly under this model. Now, I can spend one-on-one time with students, or create groups that are struggling or excelling within the same content and give them a mini-lesson or demonstration. The bottom line is that when utilizing the flip video model, I have more time than ever to interact with our students, rather than just “performing” a lecture.
- Flipping promotes student-centered learning and collaboration – When flips are utilized, more time is created for class discussions, group work, math stations, and teacher consultations.
- Access = easier for parents to see what’s going on – Unlike traditional classroom models, flipped classrooms give parents access to their student’s instructional videos. This allows parents to be better prepared when attempting to help their students and gives them insight into the quality of instruction their students are receiving.
Click HERE OR click “My Flip Videos” in the menu tab to view the flip videos I have created for my 5th grade classroom.