"Flipped" Classrooms

 Tonight, as I spent some time doing backup chores on my computer and glancing at Costa Concordia articles, I stumbled across an article on CNN about "flipped classrooms".  Basically the lectures are all recorded and students come to school to do homework.  It's being used in a "Detroit area" high school and has raised student success rates dramatically.

 

Brilliant!  This hits close to home for me on two fronts.  First of all, I've experienced the "youtube instructional model" courtesy of Khan Academy and Stanford's recent AI class.  I'm also interested in getting my kids to go through MITs open courseware programs.  Instead of coughing up high tuition, let's see if they can pass a quiz in a free engineering or computer science class!   The second way this hits home is my recent work with the boy scouts in our troop on a rather lengthy religious award, Ad Altere Dei.  I gave the scouts homework which they went home and ignored.  This went on for two months and I decided to have them bring their books and do the homework at before troop meetings with my help.  They were able to finish the award and I think they got a lot more out of it than they would if they simply went off on their own to write up their responses to the questions in their workbooks.

 

I think I'll use this method from now on.  Now I wonder if I could implement the other half of flipped learning and "tape" lectures for youtube that wouldn't bore the poor scouts out of their skulls?