Flipped learning environments enable teachers to rethink and modify the way they teach. Flipped classrooms move traditional activities (like homework) back into the classroom where teacher and student can engage about the lesson in greater depth, providing the student a more meaningful opportunity to learn. A student’s time outside of class can be used to watch educational technology videos online that the teacher or a third party prepares to further explore the subject. The iTunes U app and the Swivl video recording device are two technology tools teachers use to rethink delivery of subject matter to their students.
Using their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, students can use the iTunes U app as a place to learn more about a subject from just about anywhere. The I Tues U app contains the world’s largest collection of free educational content. iTunes U contains more than 1 million free books, videos, and lectures as well as information on thousands of subjects. All of the educational information contained within this app is collected from museums, cultural institutions, and collections including public courses from universities and leading schools all around the world – MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and Yale to name a few.
Swivl is a diverse video recording tool that students can effectively and creatively use to enhance their educational experience. In a flipped classroom environment, the student can wear Swivl on a lanyard and use it to record their class and then watch it at home so that they then can do their homework in class the next day. Students in a group project can also benefit from using Swivl because it allows all group members to actively participate at the same time in the video instead of one group member missing out as they would if they were the group’s designated cameraman.
By using the iTunes U app and the Swivl video recording device in a flipped classroom, a teacher can rethink subject matter delivery to their students, and evolve from beyond the limits of the brick and mortar campus.