Flipped learning put into practice.

Mark Smith
23rd March 2021

This reflection was contributed as a submission for a 2 Star Badge in The Digital Teacher (Leading)

Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

Fairly new to teaching having only started full time in Nov20.
Teach at an FE college in construction-painting and decorating.
Mixed groups ranging from 16-35, Entry level 3 up to level 2.
Varying levels of skill with all aspects, theory, practical and digital skills. This has creating some challenges during the recent lockdown.

How did you use the learning from this/these module(s) (briefly describe the learning context, with a focus on The Digital Teacher)

Instead of setting homework to be done before the next session I set the students some research to do on our next topic. It was a simple task of researching wallpaper symbols and their meanings. This allowed me to start the next session by going straight into a kahoots quiz prepopulated with most of the wallpaper symbols. It was quite clear from correct scores who had done their research and... more

How did you adapt/modify activities and/or resources for your context providing alternative approaches with specific reference to The Digital Teacher practices?

The kahoots quiz was already made up for this PowerPoint but was normally used towards the end of the lesson and homework set to explain what each symbol means afterwards.
Doing it this way allowed me to use the kahoots quiz earlier and the homework could then be done during the lesson, then peer marked giving me more time for other tasks.
Doing it this way also allowed me to... more

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

Flipped learning was the new approach I tried out, this was the first time I'd tried it so it is new to the students but once they realise it will give them a head start in the next lessons quiz then I'm pretty sure they will take to it quickly.

What worked well, or did not work so well? How would you approach the activity/use the resource differently next time?

It was a mixed result really, I'm sure the students were pleased they didn't have 'homework' but may have seen the research as homework even though they was no written aspect to it. I'm hopeful that more students will do the next lot of research set.

How did the learning from the module(s) impact on the quality of the learning experience?

Flipped learning is a simple concept but was completely new to me, I never recall having it done that way when I was at school so never thought of doing it.
I feel that it is a good way to instigate learning from the offset of the lesson which is key to getting everyone involved.

How have you initiated strategic change/quality improvement in relation to The Digital Teacher, eg at a peer, department, organisational, regional, national level)?

I showcased my Kahoots quiz to a colleague and explained how I was setting the research task instead of homework. He agreed that getting homework back from his students on time was an issue for him as well and said that he would give it a try.
Luckily he already had some Kahoots quizzes set up at the end of his power points so it was an easy task to move it onto the previous weeks one.... more

What will be your next step in bringing about further change?

Continuing with flipped learning without overdoing it, I need to think of some starter activities other than kahoots to try so my lessons don't become too predictable.

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Flipped learning Digital Skills Teaching and learning approach

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