What Role Does Mobile Learning Play in the Flipped Classroom?

Posted by Andrew Howard on Apr 22, 2014 9:50:49 AM
Andrew Howard

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Flipped classroom models create a  unique learning environment for today's students. Within the flipped classroom, students can actively question, discuss and put into practice the lessons they self-learned through online learning resources (videos, games, discussions, etc.)

The prevalence of mobile devices and high-speed connections are key to success with the flipped classroom model. Simply put, the ability to provide on-demand, self-driven learning resources to students, whenever/wherever they may be, is powerful stuff.

Integrated learning technology

We know the number of students with access to a smartphone or a tablet within the school walls may be limited. However, it's important to note that many do have access to electronic devices at home, at a coffee shop, or a local library. That's where the combination of mobile and flipped learning really hits its stride.

It's no secret that kids love to use mobile devices. Whether it be smartphones, tablets, computers, etc., it's hard to peal students away from those things. By making learning resources available through your students' mobile device whatever device is being used (anywhere and anytime), the lesson plan immediately caters to an already-engaged learner.

Additionally, familiarity with devices and online learning resources creates continutity between the at-home and in-class learning environment. 

Universal collaboration

Mobile learning is about to explode, partially because the technology is increasingly affordable, but largely because we’re more connected than ever before – which makes the flipped classroom model a realistic option, particularly for rural communities and other areas where previously slow connectivity or outdated equipment may have been a barrier.

Another boon today’s technology brings flipped classroom model learners is the ability to reach outside their peer group for help. Asking students and accessing educators at different sites for tips on understanding lessons boosts the conversation in the “traditional classroom” and gives children plenty of food for thought between sessions.

By providing ongoing access to a reciprocal learning environment, you’re giving your students the ability to engage resources at all levels. Meaning that those seeking a challenge can find one, and those who need a boost for basic skills can review material and find alternative approaches to understanding.

Bite-sized info

Mobile learning allows students to review and absorb bite-sized nuggets of information anywhere, making the time you spend ferrying them from rehearsal to practice productive learning time. With a mobile device, learning becomes an on-demand activity, making the flipped classroom model both successful and attractive to students on the go. Having the capacity to break information down into digestible pieces, review it as often as necessary, and attain mastery at one’s own pace provides an innovative foundation for success.


I hope you found this information about mobile learning interesting.

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