ESL Techies is presenting at ISTE 2013 in San Antonio, Texas!
We just arrived in San Antonio for the 2013 ISTE Conference and are really looking forward to sharing our ideas with our workshop participants this Monday.
We’ve written in this blog before about how the flipped instructional model is particularly useful for English language learners. See our post from February 2012 Flipping the Classroom for ELLs.
Essentially, face to face lectures are replaced with at-home video tutorials or screencasts. This gives our ELLs lots of time to view and review the lecture without losing valuable time in the classroom.
When the student returns to class, the information from the video is applied to a project or learning task. This gives ELLs more time to synthesize their learning and practice language with their peers. Teachers become facilitators in this interactive, student-centered environment.
Another obvious advantage is that using multimedia when delivering instruction for ELLs, helps them build background knowledge, master vocabulary, infer meaning, as well as extend their knowledge of a topic.
Flipping the classroom does require careful preparation. Recording screencasts and other types of video tutorials takes time, but they can be scaffolded and differentiated for the unique language needs of ESL students.
Whether teachers make their own screencasts or use pre-made videos in a flipped classroom, the teachers and students are ultimately rewarded with more time to explore, interact and learn.
For this year’s workshop we will be working with four apps for the iPad that make flipping the classroom easier for teachers:
Educreations, Videolicious, Nearpod and Edmodo.
Other Flipped Resources:
Bergman, J. & Sams, A. (2012) Flip your classroom: reach every student in every class every day
The Flipped Learning Network
The Center for Teaching + Learning, University of Texas at Austin: