Two EdTech innovators that I respect, Rabbi Dov Emerson and Rabbi Michael Green, recently pointed me to the amazing TED video by Salman Khan, the visionary who created the Khan Academy as an online repository of over 2100 video tutorials on a wide range of subjects in mathematics and science. In the video, Mr. Khan describes his dream of using his videos to "flip the classroom" where instead of learning about a new topic first from a teacher using a frontal lecturing style, students can watch the videos at home. Class time could then be devoted to what would normally be "homework assignments" with students performing exercises based on the new skill while the teacher is available to assist students who need extra help or provide enrichment in the form of real-world demonstrations.
This idea of the "Flipped Classroom" actually has been around a while. You can watch a video describing a flipped science classroom below:
In the theme of the "flipped classroom", I will now "flip" this blog. Instead of my sharing with you what I think about this idea, which you as always are free to agree or disagree with, I will withhold judgement at this point. I first invite you to share your thoughts either as comments on this posting or by contacting me via Twitter, Facebook, email or any other way you would like. I will post a follow-up in the future summarizing your thoughts (if you have any) and sharing some of my own (which might have changed by that point). I welcome your feedback.