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Learn How To Enhance Learning Experience In A Flipped Classroom With 5 Best Tools

By Ashley Sanford*

Flipped classroom teaching is a new and much-hyped concept in education. It should not be considered as a substitute to a teacher but also a helpful tool to enhance teaching-learning process and make it effective. This teaching method provides a new platform to both the teachers and students to bring more engagement in studies, in the classroom.

With the help of this interactive method, students learn all the basics at home and become ready for efficient participation in class and therefore, study more effectively than ever. So, if you are interested in turning your class into a flipped classroom, take a look at the following 5 most commonly used tools below:

  • 1. VoiceThread
  • It is one of the best tools for making mini-lectures interesting and fun. Teachers can create narrated slide shows for delivering the lecture and use images and different kinds of media to grab attention of students. It also provides opportunities for students to interact by adding comments to the slide shows.
  • 2. Wikispaces
  • It is a free web tool which is designed to provide individuals, particularly students to share their thoughts, work and edit work with others. With wikispaces, teachers can create accounts for their students in bulk for free. Wikispaces is now being used around the world by teachers to enhance learning among their students. It can be used for:

    - Comprehensive exercises like online short questions and answers
    - Language, grammar and vocabulary exercises
    - Feedback and correction of wrong answers given by students

  • 3. Poll Everywhere
  • It is a great tool to be used in a flipped classroom as it helps students to gather feedback by and from other students regarding any important assignment or academic activity. The scope of this tool is not just limited to classroom but extends to conferences as well where an instant feedback or opinion is needed. This tool gives control in the hands of students and enables them to stay up to date with important work at school.
  • 4. FlipGrid
  • FlipGrid is a free tool that lets teachers create questions and make links for grid. With the motto 'relax and discuss' this tool allows students and teachers to hold an interactive learning session. It is very easy to use; just a two-minute tutorial on the page easily guides students about the entire process. Its colourful and initiative design gives a pleasant learning experience to students and enables them to learn quick brainstorming. The 90 second response helps students learn to formulate distilled ideas efficiently while considering alternative views and ideas submitted by other class fellows simultaneously.
  • 5. Edmodo
  • Edmodo is the most popular tool used by teachers, students and parents around the world for a great communication and learning experience. It is by far the best tool for injecting life into dull and boring old curriculums. It helps students develop the habit of taking initiatives. The option of creating a co-classroom (joint learning venture with students from around the world) enables students to learn from each other, and diversity of ideas makes their thinking process efficient and productive.

    The unique feature that makes this tool popular among masses is that it enables teachers to interact with students and their parents simultaneously. Teachers can update class schedules, lectures, assignment due dates, coursework details and make other important announcements easily without inviting each and every parent to school.
According to initial studies, all these tools have helped students learn better and retain information for a longer period of time. The best thing about usage of tools in classroom is that they save time, increase interest of students in topic and have proved useful for students of all age groups including primary school to post-graduation students.

(*) Ashley Sanford is an editor and Quality assurance manager who supervises dissertation writers from Peak Dissertation. You can follow her on Twitter.

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