The New Media Consortium (NMC), which is an international community of experts in educational technology, has recently identified five pressing “wicked challenges” that are vital to the future of education. According to Koehler and Mishra (2008), wicked problems are complex and often difficult to solve because they carry so many variables. Our biggest assignment for this course at the MAET program, Applying Educational Technology to Practice, was to reflectively select one of these challenges and then, in collaboration with our peers, think of ways to solve it, even though a complete solution is not entirely possible.

Fellow educators Sarah Smogor, Tiffany Beedy, Courtney Hansen and I decided that the flipped classroom approach, which is gaining popularity in many classrooms around the globe, could potentially support the new roles required of us teachers. “Flipping” the classroom offers a fresh experience of empowerment and ownership of learning, two of the characteristics that we consider fundamental in today’s educational settings. Although there are setbacks, like not enough resources or lack of professional development, some increasingly popular–and free–tools of video creation and sharing bring this model a step closer to our students.

In a previous course from the MAET, Nathan Walker, Megan Walker and I created this website about screencasting for education, where a handful of ideas and some great examples can be found.

At my school, several teachers have flipped their classrooms. Here’s a snippet about our IB Math Teacher Scott Hsu’s experience with this model:

Below is the work our group accomplished about this topic. Feel free to share your insights with us!

  • carriekemmett

    Hi Gitane,

    What a wonderful project your group has created! In terms of the white paper, I thought you included a lot of scholarly support as to why flipped classrooms would be more effective in the 21st century and it was important to not the obstacles of doing this well. The main suggestion I have for the white paper is including a more clear definition and example of a flipped classroom. How could a school approach taking on this flipped classroom–what would they need to do? I think a more specific plan of action would be helpful. I also noticed that you included Educreations in your twitter feeds, but didn’t mention this directly in your white paper. Is this a specific technology you would recommend?

    I think the tweets were a great touch and gave some additional perspective on the topic. I have never used SpicyNodes, but it look great and I am going to look into it more.

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