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 Lindsey StreepeyMultimedia Writing and RhetoricMilberger March 26, 2013Final DraftA Revolution in TeachingTechnology could and should be used to improve the education of the students inour public schools. Flipping the classroom is an innovative technique that high schools aswell as colleges are starting to test. Flipping the classroom simply means that lectures are
delivered on the students’ own time outside of the school day using the Internet. Each
student in a class watches the same video for homework and then discusses the lectureduring class the next day. In this way class time is used for discussion and activities
rather than lecture. A synonym for “flip” is “revolution” and flipping the classroom isgoing to cause a revolution in the traditional learning system (“Flipping the Classroom”
1). The revolution occurs not only when the lectures take place at home instead of in theclassroom but also when teachers become mentors rather than just lecturers. Therevolution relies on innovative teachers who provide online content and who becomeguides of student learning. The revolution has the potential to increase student learningand decrease student failure rate.There are different ways of flipping a classroom. Some schools have teachers whorecord their own videos and put them online for their students to watch the night beforeclass. Other schools rely on Internet lessons made by teachers across the country or onlectures provided through their textbook company. Kahn Academy provides free lessons
 on YouTube and began with one individual, Salman Kahn, helping a younger relativewith math by posting math explanations on YouTube. Kahn Academy caught the interestand funding of Bill Gates and currently has over 900,000 YouTube subscribers and hasdelivered over 200 million free academic lessons online through YouTube. A flippedclassroom with an experienced teacher can evolve to where students are progressing atdifferent levels so that students could be watching different videos at night, depending ontheir individual progression. Some systems, such as with Kahn Academy, software can beused to help students progress faster and to individually monitor their progress.Implementing a flipped classroom requires time for the students to adjust to thechange in the way they are being taught. Student homework will be to watch a lessonand may include answering basic questions about the lesson. The difference between atraditional classroom and watching lectures at home can be an adjustment for students.Students will be challenged to focus on their own because they will not have a teacher  present to make sure that they are concentrating on the lesson. Some teachers are afraidthat the students will not focus when watching the lectures at home. However, this is thesame concern when in a large classroom setting where it is difficult to monitor theattention of each student when lecturing.In a traditional classroom, the teacher may not realize that a particular studentdoes not understand a concept if that student does not speak up. If the teacher believesthat the majority of the students are grasping the concept of the lecture, he or she may justmove on to the next topic and students may be left behind. In a flipped classroom,students who are afraid to ask questions in front of their peers can go over the lecture asmany times as needed. Struggling students, students with disabilities, and students
 acquiring English as a second language will all benefit from having repeated access to theinformationA flipped classroom allows for class time to be used for more individualized help.For example, in many math classes, the teacher lectures the entire class and then studentsare sent home with problems to do. Because of this, when students go home after a
traditional class, they often have “trouble connecting what they had been taught in class
with what they wer 
e supposed to apply at home” (“Flipping the Classroom” 3). Students
who did not understand or who cannot remember the lesson are unable to do the assignedmath problems and may give up. If class lectures are watched at home, the teacher canhelp students individually in class if they are struggling with a certain aspect of thematerial and can work with the entire class on more difficult problem solving. In aflipped classroom, the students have already experienced the material from watching thelecture
s at home and “it frees up more class time for doing hand
-on activities and helping
students work through concepts they do not understand” (Brunsell 1).
Flipping the classroom is also more beneficial for students than a traditionallearning environment because it allows time for more in-depth discussions and learning.Students have more time in class to do hands-on projects and to participate in deeper discussions. The students will learn the material more in depth because they are notsimply being lectured in class and they will be expected to participate. Students also benefit more from flipped classrooms rather than the traditional learning system becausethe students have more time to process the information being taught and to formulatetheir own questions before coming to class.

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