M7: Instructional Video

Flipping the Classroom

There has been alot of buzz on the Internet, Social Media (Twitter), and in education circles around the concept of the “flipped classroom”. In essence the flipped classroom is captured in the following quote from Jonathan Martin from Connected Principles. Ideally, he suggests that teachers could

Flip [their] instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use [their] precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating. Classrooms become laboratories or studios, and yet content delivery is preserved.


The idea of the flipped classroom isn’t necessariy new, but it has gained increasing amount of attention because of Salman Khan from the Khan Academy. Review Sal’s TED talk below, and consider the following questions as you watch the video:

Salman Khan talk at TED 2011
  1. What are your initial impressions?
  2. What are the innovations? (Hint: there ismore than one)
  3. Does the innovation have anything to do with the technology?

Apart from the ideological aspects of his talk, what are the practical, pragmatic issues in taking this approach to your teaching? Take a few minutes to review the following post from David Wees, “So I tried the Khan Academy“, a Vancouver area teacher who tried using the Khan Academy with his students. Consider the following questions when reading his post.

  1. What is David’s impression of the Khan Academy?
  2. Did it work for him? why or why not?
  3. What were some of the practical challenges he faced?

For your blog post this week, reflect on the ideological and pragmatic issues that the Khan Academy presents to teachers. Is this a strategy you would consider using?

Recommended Reading

Debating the ‘Flipped Classroom’ at Stanford
By Marc Parry,  Chronicle of Higher Education

Another Teacher’s Story

Technologies You Can Use to ‘Flip’