Flipping Back and Forth


A blog at Edutopia discusses flipping the flipped class back into the classroom.

In a flipped classroom, the main lessons are done at home using a virtual program on line or on a student’s tablet or computer, along with books, papers and pens, while “homework” –projects and exercises that reinforce the lessons – are done in school.

The main problem with flipped classes, the author says, is that there’s no way to ensure that the lessons are done at home. An at-home program like Extramarks LIVE lets students – and parents and mentors – work in a sort of semi-flipped manner, but with real goal-setting and oversight,which means the work gets done.

Because a student has options for collaboration and oversight for the lessons, practice and assessment, as well as in the goal-setting stage, there is way to check to make sure studying and learning is happening.

Students using Extramarks LIVE, for example, can set up a parent and/or a mentor to help them set goals, discuss problems, review assessment, and so on. They can set up peer groups in each class and chapter to further widen their ability to get understanding and answers.

It may be decades before most schools move to anything remotely approaching a true flipped classroom, but determined students and a conscientious parents or mentors can take advantage now of the efficiency and comprehensive nature of an at-home program like Extramarks LIVE to make “flipping” really work.