Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video

In 2004, a former hedge fund analyst began recording and posting videos of himself explaining some math techniques. He created the material to help tutor his young cousin. Rather than keeping it private, however, the analyst posted the videos to YouTube. By 2012, Salman Khan had more than 3,000 lessons online, 140 million views, and a reputation as an education guru.
In addition to students viewing his handiwork 100,000 times each day, Khan Academy drew enough interest from teachers, philanthropists and investors to justify a career change from financial consultant to educational technologist. Khan’s videos are now supplemented with software to support formal curricula, “flipping the classroom” by assigning lectures to watch at home and working on homework together in class en route to student-led mastery of a variety of subjects. The idea has even proved inspirational to other technology-challenged domains (e.g., health care) to spark better use of online information to prepare for face-to-face encounters.
What Khan Academy is not, though, is a panacea for education. Khan’s timing — when digital media consumption is high and devices like iPads are widely popular (50 million units sold, through 2011) — helped mainstream the use of video for educational material. People like Bill Gates pump money into software development, and schools line up to try to capture a cost-effective genie in a bottle. Ultimately, success with a flipped class is a combination of understanding the pedagogical goals and using the technology and method to support them.
via Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | GeekDad | Wired.com.

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