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Report: Interest in Flipped Classrooms Surpasses Other Digital Learning Trends
Flipped classrooms are having a significant effect on teaching and learning,
according to a new white paper from Project
Tomorrow and the Flipped Learning
The white paper, "Speak
Up 2013 National Research Project Findings: A Second Year Review of Flipped
Learning," reports on a survey of more than 403,000 K-12 students, parents,
teachers, administrators and community members in the fall of 2013. The survey
defined flipped learning as using lecture videos as homework while using class
time for discussions, projects, experiments and personalized coaching.
According to the survey, a quarter of administrators identified flipped
learning as having a major effect on teaching and learning, compared to only 21
percent who identified educational games and mobile apps and 19 percent who
identified professional learning communities for educators has having a
According to teachers and administrators surveyed, the biggest barriers to
implementing flipped classrooms are concerns about student access to digital
learning materials from home and the need for instruction on how to create or
locate high quality videos and how to make the best use of additional classroom
time. However, the survey identified a significant decrease in the numbers of
teachers and administrators citing these concerns, and five percent of
administrators have provided their teachers with training in the past year on
how to implement flipped learning.
Key findings from the Speak Up 2013 survey include:
- One in six math and science teachers surveyed said they use flipped learning;
- Sixteen percent of teachers who responded reported regularly recording lessons for students to watch
- Forty-five percent of librarians and media specialists surveyed told researchers they regularly create videos
and other rich media as part of their jobs;
- Thirty-seven percent of librarians siad they help teachers use and create videos and rich
- Almost 20 percent of teachers told surveyors they want to learn how to flip their
- Forty-one percent of administrators indicated that they think pre-service teachers should learn how
to set up a flipped classroom before they earn their teaching credentials;
- Sixty-six percent of principals said they think teacher preparation programs should teach
pre-service teachers how to use and create videos and other digital media
for use in the classroom; and
- Seventy-five percent of middle and high school students said they think flipped classrooms
would help them learn.
"From this research, it is evident that the flipped learning model is gaining
the attention of educators who are interesting in improving student achievement
and teacher effectiveness by leveraging digital tools to enable innovation,"
said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, in a prepared statement.
The full white paper, "Speak Up 2013 National Research Project Findings: A
Second Year Review of Flipped Learning," can be found on
Project Tomorrow's site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].