By: Trent Carlson

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Hello again everyone! I’m back again talk about technology, but more specifically, a way that many schools are using it to literally FLIP the way that teachers teach their students. This method is referred to as Flipped Learning. How does it work? Put simply, instead of the traditional method (lecture during school, practice at home in the form of assignments), the class is organized in such a way that the students listen/ watch a lecture from their house using a computer, and when they come into class the next day, the class time is used to practice the learning and get help from the teacher when needed. This method of learning would not be possible without the technology we have today; however, is Flipped Learning a better method of teaching than the standard format?

Well based on the results from testing Flipped Learning and its’ effectiveness, they have found some significant increases in student performance. In fact, according to Knewton.com, the freshman English class failure percentage dropped from over 50% all the way down to 19%, and math class failure rates dropped from 44% to 13%. These are both great improvements thanks to the flipped classroom, and are showing continued success in other studies performed around the United States. But, does that mean that this method is effective for everyone? And should the Shakopee School District consider adding flipped learning classes to the curriculum?

Well, in short, yes! I believe that right now, in our high school, is a great time to get involved with a program such as this. I believe this because the Shakopee School District received a loan that allowed them to purchase a MacBook for every student in the High School, meaning that every student would have access to these lectures, and with such promising statistics (website linked below), it seems hard to refuse the idea. However, this change might not be able to happen immediately. As you might know, starting in the 2018-2019 school year, SHS will be starting its’ Academies program, where more of your courses are focused on the future fields of work you may want to work in. This might mean that the school district will be more occupied with trying to set this program in motion, and may take some time for them to consider this approach to learning. But personally, I believe this method has a lot of potential, but might not be useful in every classroom.

What’s your opinion on Flipped Learning? Should it be introduced into our school? Comment your thoughts down below!

Link to website: https://www.knewton.com/infographics/flipped-classroom/