Explore Flipped Learning at ISTE 2015

ISTE2015logo2Are you going to the ISTE 2015 conference and want to find out more about Flipped Learning?  There are quite a few opportunities for you to explore.  Below is a list of the sessions we were able to find.

But first, we (Jon Bergmann & Aaron Sams) would like to invite you to our large group session where we will be talking about our latest project.  We have written a series of short-form books about flipping different subjects/curricular areas.  Our session focuses in on one central question:  Now that you have flipped your class, what do you do IN class?  Thus far we have written four of the five books, two of which are currently in print.  The other three are in various stages of editing and writing.  The books are:

  • Flipped Learning for Science Instruction (In print and available at ISTE 2015)

  • Flipped Learning for Math Instruction (In print and available at ISTE 2015)

  • Flipped Learning for Social Science Instruction (In the last stages of editing)

  • Flipped Learning for ELA Instruction (In the beginning stages of editing)

  • Flipped Learning for Elementary Education (We are currently writing this book)

Details on Our Large Group Session

Flip This, Flip That: Flipped Learning across the Grades and Subject Areas

Tuesday, June 30 from 2:15-3:15

Room: PCC 113BC

Book signing right after the session

Other Sessions

Session & Presenters

Time and Location

Blend and Flip in the Elementary Classroom

Kim Sharp, Linda Corbin

Monday, June 29

8:30–9:30 am

PCC 103A

Bring Flipped Learning Into the Elementary Literacy Classroom

Katharine Hale

Monday, June 29

11:00 am–12:00 pm

PCC 124

Create Your First Touchcast Today! (B212)

Crystal Kirch

Monday, June 29

11:00 am–12:00 pm

PCC 118A

How to Flip Your Classroom Without Flipping out Your Students

Cody Fannin, Kelly Bentley, Robin Hunter

Poster Session

Monday, June 29

11:00 am–1:00 pm

PCC Broad Street Atrium, Table 36

Snapshot 1 of 2: Wanna Flip? Touchcast It

David Lockhart

Monday, June 29

12:45–1:45 pm

PCC 121AB, Table 1

Flip your Classroom with Office Mix: MIE Teacher Academy Series

Gloria Wood

Monday, June 29

1:30–2:30 pm

PCC 203

Free Flipped Learning Tools You’ll Love

Rachelle Wooten

Monday, June 29

3:00–3:15 pm

Marriott 309/310

Flipped Learning Instructional Model: Perceptions of Student Engagement in Eighth Grade Math

Diane Mason, Keely Coufa

Monday, June 29

4:15–5:15 pm

PCC 122A, Table 1

WSQing Your Way to FlipClass Success

Crystal Kirch

Monday, June 29, 4:15–5:15 pm

PCC 204C

Flipping Across Disciplines

Robert Boriskin

Monday, June 29

5:30–6:45 pm

PCC 124, Table 2

Flip Your Class from Start to Finish

Crystal Kirch

Tuesday, June 30

8:30–11:30 am

Marriott Franklin 6

Flip This, Flip That: Flipped Learning across the Grades and Subject Areas

Aaron Sams, Jonathan Bergmann

Tuesday, June 30

2:15–3:15 pm


Creating an Inquiry-Based Classroom through Flipped and Personalized Learning

Ashley Fulmer

Tuesday, June 30

4:00–5:00 pm

Flipping Your Classroom with Google Apps for Education (B327)

Bruce Ellis

Tuesday, June 30

4:00–5:00 pm

PCC 118A

Flipping Forward: Research to Guide the Evolution of Flipped Instruction

Bethann Wiley, Debra Ingram, Wayne Feller

Tuesday, June 30

4:00–5:00 pm

PCC 122A, Table 2

Snapshot 2 of 2: Flip Your Meetings for Effective Results

Kelli Murphy-Godfrey

Tuesday, June 30

4:00–5:00 pm

PCC 120B, Table 2

Many Methods to Flipped Classroom Success

Ayelet Segal, Brian Jones, Crystal Kirch, Timonious Downing

Wednesday, July 1

10:15–11:15 am

PCC 125

Flipped Out! Tales of a First-Year Flipper

Carrie Shanahan, Renee Ashlock

Wednesday, July 1

11:00 am–1:00 pm

PCC Broad Street Atrium, Table 12

Flipping the Math Classroom for English Language Learners

Angelica Safanova

Wednesday, July 1

11:00 am–1:00 pm

PCC Broad Street Atrium, Table 5

Stop Doing Teacher Demos! Flipped Learning in Career and Tech Ed

Chaiti Paul, Natalie Hamilton

Wednesday, July 1, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

PCC Broad Street Atrium, Table 41

If you would like, you can also download a pdf of this and bring it with you to ISTE 2015 as a quick reference:

One last thing. If you are coming to ISTE 2015, we are collecting your stories for possibly having you on Jon’s radio show.  If interested in telling us how you got started flipping your class or how you are implementing flipped learning, please fill out the form linked HERE.

Flipping 3rd Grade

Last week I had the privilege of visiting Cindy Gallagher’s third grade class at St. Celestine School in Elmwood Park, IL. Jeanine Rocchi, the building principal, met me in her office and told me how pleased she was with Cindy’s move to a flipped classroom.  I was then escorted to the room and walked into a place of active learning and engagement.  Her students greeted me and even made a poster for me.

The lesson I observed was a math lesson on finding volume.  The previous night the students had watched a 3 min video on how to find volume.  You can watch it here:  Then in class, Cindy spent a few minutes checking for understanding regarding volume and then gave them three tasks:

  • A Socrative Quiz on their iPads
  • A typical worksheet where students solve volume problems
  • A hands on activity where students found the volume of several rectangular objects in the room

Each student jumped in and started working on their tasks.  Since they already had background information they  were ready to get messy with their learning.  As I circulated in the room, I took some time to talk to many of the students.  I asked if they had watched the video and all of them said they had.  One boy told me that the topic was a bit “tricky” for him and he had to watch it twice.  I loved how this young man knows when he needs to hear something twice.

Another young man was not doing the tasks in the order that Mrs. Gallagher had presented and I asked him why. He told me he really like the Socrative quiz best so he wanted to save it for last.  He was taking more ownership of his learning.  He liked that he had some choice over the order in which he accomplished tasks.

Afterward, I chatted with Cindy and asked about her thoughts on the lesson and on flipped learning in particular.  She told me, “I could never go back.”  And, since she was only flipping math, she wanted to expand it more for next year.  So next year she is going to start flipping some grammar and vocabulary. She said she loves that her kids are getting so much more individual attention.

What strikes me about Cindy’s class, is how the simplicity of flipped class method has such deep implications for learning. Her class has been transformed and allows for greater differentiation, more engagement, and better student outcomes.

A Critique of Student Centered Classrooms

Many education reformers and education pundits have been pushing for student-centered classrooms for quite some time.  The teacher should simply be a facilitator of the class, and let students construct their own knowledge.   Then students, left to themselves, with their natural curiosity and inner desire to learn freed from constraints, will take ownership of their learning and become lifelong learners.  The reason many have been calling for this change is that classrooms have been too teacher-centered for a long time.  In another post I shared some data from the Marzano Research group that indicates classrooms across the United States are heavily teacher-centered. So I get it.  We need to move away from the teacher as the sole deliverer of content.  But lets not throw out the baby with the bath water.

We can’t completely do away with teachers leading and teaching their classes.  I believe one reason many teachers hesitate to embrace a student-centered classroom is that a completely student-centered classroom goes too far.  Students often don’t know what they don’t know.  I, as a science teacher, am an expert on a topic such as Chemistry and know Chemistry very well.  My students, on the other hand, come to class not knowing Chemistry very well, if at all.  And though it seems well and good to think that we can have students completely construct knowledge on their own, we need to teach them the things that we do know.  We are experts in our field.  We went to college for a long time to learn specific content.

Instead of choosing between student and teacher-centered classrooms, we should think of it more as a continuum. Teachers need to teach and students need to take ownership.  The best classes bring in both of these elements. The sweet spot is where they come together so that the classroom becomes neither student nor teacher-centered as a whole. See diagram below. The sweet spot will be different for each teacher depending on the subject taught and degree of willingness to give up some control.

I believe one of the best ways to make your class less teacher-centered is to flip your class.  Teachers can still teach and students can still construct knowledge.  If teachers are presenting content to a whole group of students at the same time on a consistent basis, then classes tend to be too teacher-centered.  The simple act of putting the direct instruction (the “teaching”) on a short instructional video allows for more time for student-centered activities.  Teachers still “teach,” but class time is now freed up for students to explore, expand, and receive assistance.


What do you think?  To what extent do you think teachers need to teach and students need to construct?  Share with me your thoughts on how you can make class less teacher-centered and yet still allow you to teach.  Or if you think classes need to be student-centered.

Visit a Flipped Class Up and Personal

FlipConTXVisitThere have been a lot of people talking about the flipped classroom.  Many people think it is just videos at home and homework in class. It is so much more. When teachers flip their class they ask one fundamental question:  What is the best use of class time?  So the key to the flipped class is how class time is re-imagined.

To that end we want to invite you to see how teachers from across the globe are flipping their classes.  Thirty-six sites from around the world have offered to open their doors in conjunction with Digital Learning Day on Friday, March 13, 2015. There are fifteen states and twelve countries you can visit.  The US states are:  AL, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MN, MO, NC, NY, OH, TX, UT, VA, and you can visit classes in the following countries:  Brazil, China, India, Italia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Serbia, Singapore, The Netherlands, UK, USA.

So go out and go visit (in person) a flipped class and experience a classroom where students are the center of learning.  Sign up at:  http://flippedlearning.org//site/Default.aspx?PageID=104.  The deadline to sign up is March 12th.

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