an insightful sharing of personal experience of the flipped classroom

the idea of flipped classroom(s) has gained attention in the recent 1-2 year or so. in her blog post “The Flip: End of a Love Affair“, Shelly Wright shared her flipping experiment and why she gave up flipped instruction. at one glance, it appears that the idea of flipped classroom doesnt work, but in fact as Shelly shared in her experience, the experiment worked out so well that her class has moved beyond the usual conception of a flipped classroom. not sure how many teachers would be as excited as me in learning how things had worked out and evolved. one thing i’m quite sure is Shelly plays a key role in this evolvement. imagine, a teacher who only asks students to watch videos at home, and babysit students in class to do their homework and act as a tutor if help is needed doesnt appear to be the way a flipped classroom will work out imho.

one of her ending statements serves as food for thought too:

“I’ve learned that inquiry & PBL learning can be incredibly powerful in the hands of students. I would never teach any other way again.”


eVideo – My foreigner neighbour

it’s been a while since i last visited eMedia, and am glad i did, cos i chanced upon this:

the video has four parts. viewing it, you can learn about food (民以食为天!), culture, values and beliefs of the Thai æ³°, Burmese 缅, Japanese 日, and Filipino 菲. Chinese subtitles’ included for this video as this is a resource for use by P5 CL teachers (:

[eSN] Studios OK movie-download technology

eSchoolNews reported that hollywood studios are going to allow videos that are purchased online to be transferred into DVDs. Videos are widely used in our classrooms, this ‘liberation’ of copyrights is indeed good news for our teachers and students. Read the full report here 🙂

Can video replace the written word?

Read this article and now that we have one IS school going into video and media literacy, perhaps there’s something in here that we can think about, especially:

So many people today get vital information in video format that an educator must also be a trainer in media savvy.

– if learners learn thru watching video, how can we go abt assessing the level of learners’ understanding by allowing them to create their own video

Unless viewers make the effort to pose critical questions while they watch – and also make time to reflect on what they’re seeing …

– reflection … critical questions … blogs !

programming that shows young people a possibility, such as a child doing a skilled activity, has proven to help unsure watchers “to believe they could do it.”

– can video creation by students themselves bring about similar effect?
[source : the christian science monitor]