ERIC Number: EJ943125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-28
Schools "Flip" for Lesson Model Promoted by Khan Academy
Sparks, Sarah D.
Education Week, v31 n5 p1, 14 Sep 2011
The author reports on a "flip model" of instruction that has gotten national media attention lately, thanks to its promotion by Khan Academy, the high-profile nonprofit online-tutoring library created by Salman A. Khan, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate who was looking for a way to help his young relatives with their homework. The model--in which teachers introduce lectures online for students to access at home and then use class time for group practice and projects normally relegated to homework--is not unique to Khan Academy, however. The "flip model" of schooling calls for students to watch lectures online for homework and use class time for discussions, problem-solving, and labs. Critics, though, argue the model is too reliant on online materials and will prove difficult to use in schools without major technology infrastructure. Yet only recently has technology advanced enough to allow teachers to assign and track individual students using online material at home, and the flip model is still in the earliest stages of being formally studied.
Descriptors: Homework, Technology Uses in Education, Online Systems, Virtual Classrooms, Teaching Models, Teaching Methods, Tutoring, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Instructional Innovation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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