So what is a flipped classroom? I kept reading about it on the #edchat Twitter stream from American teachers. Sounded intriguing and sounded interesting. It was also sounding successful. The TechSmith explains it quite well and offers link to further information. Jackie Gerstein goes to a lot of trouble on her blog to clarify it and she offers a wealth of implementation support and explanation. Basically you set the homework of a video/podcast of your content and then use class time to explore this in a more meaningful and personal way with students. You could even do it for staff and faculty meetings – make a video of your content, get your staff to create and develop ideas as they are watching and then use the meeting time to discuss issues. You would need to develop questions sheets, feed back sheets or something like that so you could make best use of your real time with real people. It’s worth considering given students and staff have online access at home by and large. You’d have to look at any equity issues. It might mean my iPad would get better use at school instead of just sitting on my desk. There are lots of things I could share with students that way. Given our school has specialist commitments to music and volleyball I am not sure how we could ensure that all staff and students would be able to watch the material at home on a regular basis. It’s certainly worth considering as an option and then looking at how I could make use of a flipped classroom and when.