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EDITOR'S NOTES: The Flipped Learning Model

By David Hoffman - Posted Jan 1, 2013
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It’s a new teaching and learning technique that, like any good new technique in any field, blends the tried and true with the new. It goes by a range of names, but they all include “flipped”—flipped learning, the flipped classroom, etc. And it harnesses tried-and-true ed tech-based tools, content, and tactics, but in a new way. Educators and education companies are coming on board with new, or recast, tactics, not to mention products and services, to meet the needs of this growing movement toward flipping the classroom. So, in this issue, we’ve got both the concept and the tools and content for flipped learning covered.

As usual, Victor Rivero’s Tools for Learning products and services roundup is totally on point. In Flipping Out: A New Model to Reach All Students All Ways, (p. 14) he notes, “‘Flipped learning’—reversing the traditional ‘lecture in class, go home and do your homework’ model for a ‘watch the lecture at home and come in prepared for some in-depth collaboration and authentic learning’ arrangement—may very well be the latest trend, but all signs point to a staying power that says everyone who tries it is flipping for it.” He then explores a broad selection of the technologies, tools, and platforms that will enable you to succeed in implementing this new teaching and learning model.

In addition, author and educator Pat Semple, who is a firm believer in the flipped classroom model, discusses a set of tools she has developed that allows her to optimize her time by “flipping” what are traditionally viewed as classroom tasks (lectures) with what are traditionally viewed as homework tasks (researching and writing). Furthermore, she comes at it from a school librarian’s viewpoint, since she also firmly believes that “the library or media center is a perfect place for flipping.” Read and learn from her practical perspective in It’s Never Too Late to Flip! (p. 8).

Then, to round out coverage of the flipped learning concept, check out the reviews of the Knewton Adaptive Learning Platform, Globaloria, Khan Academy, and—all of which are geared toward facilitating the practice.

Internet@Schools at CIL 2013 Is Coming

Next April 8–9 in Washington, D.C., we’ll be there again with the 2-day track specially targeting K–12 tech-using educators within the broader context of the 3-day Computers in Libraries event. We—that would be librarian Carolyn Foote and your editor—have put together a program touching on these and more: the flipped learning model, apps for iPads, nonfiction and the Common Core Standards, ebook publishing in your library, social networking for the library, and open educational resources. You’ll find a link to the program at

David Hoffman , editor

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