Flipped learning

The key here is that you transfer the direct learning from the group space to the individual space – in whatever medium you see fit for your purpose – and consolidation happens in the group space – your lessons.

This transfer could be facilitated by:

  • Clips posted to YouTube
  • A blog via a blogging website
  • An email to all students in the cohort.
  • Watch a relevant episode of programmes Great British Bake Off etc…
  • Whilst making the clips is fun – it is time consuming and some of us are technophobes. 

Here’s a few ways around this…

  • Look at existing clips – use the most appropriate ones  and link to them (let’s not go re-inventing the wheel).
  • Use the school website/24 hour school to post links/resources/tutorials
  • Use existing websites – e.g. mymaths, gcse bitesize etc… (these are packed with tutorials and are already used well for revision and homework – but why not the learning? Leaving the consolidation and tweaking of the ideas and concepts to be done in the lesson by you and peers).
  • Look at iTunesU or relevant smartphone apps and direct the students to these.

It is essential that:

You stick to your guns – the classroom is for the consolidation of the concepts only so the direct learning is the responsibility of the student in their own time (homework). If students fail to prepare – they must seek out the  information from peers (peer to peer learning).  Don’t get drawn in!

You trial it several times before you decide if it is for you or not – students need to be conditioned into this new way of learning. Its new for both parties so be prepared for having to iron out some wrinkles.

You don’t have to be in the clip per se – it could be just your hands  as per the clip this morning and use subtitles.

You could include a codeword  to check students do actually watch and digest the material.

All filming was done using a video camera and tripod borrowed from media studies. All editing was done in windows movie maker. I now have my own camera and tripod that suits my personal needs better but you don’t need fancy stuff. All video editing was self-taught through experience and online tutorials – let me know if you need help.

Here’s a link to the humanities department from my previous school who used flipped learning to a great extent. Talking with them, they say that the investment of time for the clips is invaluable to the boost to learning it produces.


Here’s a link to the St Peters DT channel – have a look! P.s. the doodling tutorials on the ‘like’ pages are great – and doodling boosts brain processing power and creativity too! (Zentangles are a great de-stressing tool).