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How Courseware Can Help Your Flipped Classroom

How Courseware Can Help Your Flipped Classroom

The traditional method of learning—direct instruction in the classroom with take-home practice for homework—is evolving into more flexible blended-learning approaches that effectively use technology to empower students to learn at their own pace from anywhere. One such type of blended-learning model is the flipped classroom.

With the flipped-classroom model, students receive direct instruction (either recorded lessons from the teacher or another source) at home and practice in the classroom. The key benefit of this method is that students are in the classroom for the portion of learning in which they are applying what they have learned. This means that students can receive support from their peers and teacher when they may need it most. In this post, we’ll discuss how Courseware, Edmentum’s standards-aligned digital curricula, is perfect for helping you successfully implement a flipped classroom so that you can spend more class time helping students apply content and less time delivering direct instruction.

How Courseware Can Help Your Flipped Classroom

Digital Tutorials as Homework  

Homework in the flipped classroom involves online learning, so it’s critical to utilize an effective online learning platform that is easy to use, pedagogically sound, and engaging. It should also present students with explanations that an educator would provide if the instruction was taking place in class. With Courseware’s digital curricula, you can have students independently work on standards-based tutorials (or specific sections of tutorials) as their take-home assignment. As students make progress through their tutorials, they are presented with built-in check-in questions that offer instant feedback and as helpful, guided notes so that they know if they’re understanding the content and why. In this way, you can have the initial instruction take place at home (or outside of class) at the students’ individual pace so that when they return to class, they’re ready to apply what they’ve learned.

As students work in Courseware, they’ll find a variety of tools and features that will help them engage with the curricula, including reading tools (slide narration and click-to-speak), a translate tool (helpful for English language learners), highlighters, a glossary, and a dictionary.

Practice in the Classroom

The benefit of the flipped-classroom method is that the amount of time it would typically take for you to teach a lesson to the class can now be used for activities, so you can now effectively focus your time on guiding your students to apply the content they’ve recently learned. Application activities in the classroom can take different forms, including group projects, interactive practice assignments, and individualized work.

As you and your class get into a rhythm of what works in your flipped classroom, you can play with the setup of the classroom. For example, you can dedicate entire days to independent work versus interactive practice versus group projects and rotate as needed.

Your entire class does not need to work on the same type of assignment every time. For example, if you are noticing that some of your students need intervention and the rest of the class would benefit from peer work, then you can organize the class according to what individual or groups of students need.

Mastery Time

After instruction has taken place at home and practice and application has taken place in the classroom, it’s now time to determine which students have mastered the content and which need additional practice and/or instruction. With Courseware, every tutorial is paired with a system-scored mastery test that allows students to assess their skills. This provides you with data-rich analytics so that you can monitor whole-class and individual-student progress. By using technology as a powerful teaching tool, you’ll be better equipped to make informed decisions about how to best support your students and save yourself time along the way.

Want to continue learning about different blended-learning models? Check out our blended learning how-to guide!  

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Fabiola Garcia

Fabiola Garcia happily joined the Edmentum team in 2014 and worked several years in the support and sales teams before serving as a Marketing Specialist. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Sociology with a Social Science Research Methods certificate from Texas Woman's University. Fabiola is passionate about education and strives to empower educators with relevant resources so that they can continue transforming their classrooms one student at a time.