Those flipped classrooms

Posted on October 28, 2011

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http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/09/28/05khan_ep.h31.html?tkn=RXSFOFdsI1GuM3iSGpBwRVgXvjBxiGBlBelV&cmp=clp-sb-ascd talks about that ol’ Flipped Classroom again.

I do rather notice a theme. It’s really successful in this physics class at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology… and they note Salman Khan, “a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate who was looking for a way to help his young relatives with their homework.” I confess I appreciate the subtle recognition that yes, for independent learners already imbued with academic culture, this works. The quote that made me wince a bit was this one:

” The Khan program allows teachers to track what videos and individual exercises students spend the most time watching and working through, and how long it takes students to correctly solve 10 problems in a row for any given math concept.”

Can we say “procedure, procedure, procedure?” I was happy to see that the teacher being interviewed noted that now she could diagnose “pain points” (that’s right, they don’t remember fractions, perhaps) and remediate, but I have a sinking feeling that the “remediation” may well be the “appropriate” Khan procedure-procedure-procedure video.

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