Networks, Groups and Social Interaction

Jonathan Martin, Connected Principals, Feb 14, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The 'flip', as I have been reading in various K-12 blogs, is the idea of offering content and lectures at home, while using class time for activities. This, of course, is the opposite of traditional learning in schools, where class time is taken up in presentations and lectures, and activities are reserved for homework. There's a lot to be said for the flip - for example, it is much more conducive to cooperative activities than is working at home by oneself. The risk is the same as always: students with unstable homes, who work after hours, or who are undisciplined, will not spend the time at home. This article links to a number of resources on the flip, and in particular points to the Khan Academy as a natural for implementation of the flip.
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