The Flipped Classroom
We are now solidly in the information economy. One way to tell is to look at the tools and daily management of information in business. In 1998, an average of 80% of the information used in operating a company came from internal sources, from within the company. In 2008, an average of 80% of the information used in company operations came from outside of the company.
The Internet has changed everything. It is a global brain, the world's largest library, everyone's printing press, and an almost unlimited communications tool.
As business daily life changes, the skill sets required for thriving business change. As those skill sets change, the training of new workers -- our school system -- must change. It is a time of chaos, when things are changing so rapidly that we are having to re-think even the most basic assumptions about teaching and learning. A time when free resources, rich media, and instant communication are so vast, flexible, varied and available that restrictions of the past based on paper, printing, and people are no longer constraints. We have never had a world without these physical restraints and limitations before, and now we don't quite know what to do.
But we are finding our way. We are innovating, exploring, and experimenting. In education, the Flipped Classroom is a perfect example of that experimental innovation, and we are finding rich success there. Here are a set of videos, web sites, and web articles about the Flipped Classroom.