Essential Question: Which emerging pedagogy appeals most to you, and might be most useful for your classroom and students? Why?
This is a tough question. I have been most interested in MOOC's and flipping my classroom. Genius hour would be hard to do in a secondary situation where I have course material that needs to be covered. This week I decided to read about both MOOC's and the flipped classroom. I saw many similarities between the flipped classroom and MOOC's. If I can only pick one I would say flipping my classroom appeals most because it has been on my radar the longest. I also believe I have been more interested in MOOC's for my own benefit rather than the direct impact of my students. In a flipped classroom I can see both a benefit for myself and the students.
What is a MOOC?
I was having a little trouble distinguishing what was so different about a MOOC and the flipped classroom. This video really helped. "A massive open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance" ("Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)", n.d.). MOOC's are open to anyone not just your class. To me this a huge distinguishing factor. This confirmed my idea that a MOOC would be more helpful to me than my students. According to Thompson (2013), MOOC's could help me to supplement with material from experts or help me as teacher to learn from some of the best teachers. I can see this as the biggest benefit.
What is the Flipped Classroom?
According to the Flipped Learning Network, “Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter" ("The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms", n.d.). This to me means that classroom time can be used to engage students in something other than the class content. However, in my situation I think some class time would need to be used to allow students to interact with the class content as many students do not have internet access at home. One of the main benefits is that students work at their own pace. In a lecture a student may hear something only one time, but with a video they can hear it as many times as they would like.
I really liked this simplistic picture of how a traditional classroom differs from a flipped classroom.
I think a big part of the success is that students can be more engaged in the class material. Instead of teachers doing all of the instructing, students are working with each other and the teacher. According to Tucker (2015) it allows time for students to think critically about the information they are presented with. Tucker specifically talks about using EDpuzzle. This is a great tool that allows a teacher to either make or find a video and ask the students questions during the video. I have used this tool to present classroom material in the past. I really like the way the information is presented and they are working on a gradebook so that teachers can see the bigger picture rather than just a lesson. It is amazing how silent students are while reviewing class material!
According to Bedrina (2016), "results show that in some cases flipping the classroom helped to improve the class failure rate by as high as 30%, and 94% of students pointed out that they liked this approach to learning." Many articles say this approach might not be for everyone, but with these results it would be worth a try.
Bedrina, O. (2016, May 27). The Flipped Classroom: Does it Actually Work? Retrieved June 02, 2016, from https://blog.animatron.com/2016/05/27/the-flipped-classroom-does-it-actually-work/
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). (n.d.). Retrieved June 02, 2016, from https://library.educause.edu/topics/teaching-and-learning/massive-open-online-course-mooc
The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms. (n.d.). Retrieved June 02, 2016, from http://www.edudemic.com/guides/flipped-classrooms-guide/
Thompson, G. (2013, September 5). Get Ready: MOOCs Are Coming to K-12 -- THE Journal. Retrieved June 02, 2016, from https://thejournal.com/articles/2013/09/02/get-ready-moocs-are-coming-to-k-12.aspx
Tucker, C. (2015, June 29). Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle. Retrieved June 02, 2016, from http://catlintucker.com/2015/06/flipped-classroom-engaging-students-with-edpuzzle/