What's the Buzz?

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Parenting is packed with buzzwords that come and go. Let's decipher some of them and figure out if they've got value for you!

BUZZ TERM: Flipped Classroom

WHAT IT MEANS: A "flipped classroom" flips the traditional model of education by using classroom time for practicing new skills and time at home for listening to lectures. By swapping homework for schoolwork, students can have a teacher's assistance as they apply new knowledge in hands-on tasks. The homework given to a student is to view prerecorded video tutorials and return to the classroom prepared to apply what they've learned. Supporters of this new way of learning say flipping allows teachers more time for one-on-one interaction, and also enables students to take control of their learning pace by pausing and rewinding lectures. Critics are concerned that more screen time and the viewing of commercials could be harmful to learners, and that flipped classrooms also depend upon access to technology at home, which not all students have.

WHERE IT COMES FROM: Salman Khan's collection of lessons on "Khan Academy" was an early force in the flipped-classroom movement. On the website khanacademy.org, you can view free lessons from Khan Academy. To read more about the ideas behind the flipped-classroom model, check out The One World Schoolhouse, also by Salman Khan.

-Melissa Boyd