Wednesday, 30 May 2012

UDL, Science and Flipping!

UDL again.  Flipping again. And, if you keep reading - a great Google Doc!!

Universal design's focus is that barriers to learning are removed and all students have equal access to the curriculum.

Reducing the number of students in the margins.  Sounds good.  Hard to argue.

The flipped classroom affords time to teachers so they can spend more time with students and have more of an opportunity to discover the barriers to learning.  When you teach high school science in a full year school (one that is an IB school for example) it is hard to get to know the 200 students you teach.  So time is gold.

Flipping gets you that time.

Flipping to me is way more than vodcasts.  It is strategically using "out of class" activities (vodcasts, interactive simulations, screen-casts, case studies, virtual labs, etc.) to motivate students to become engaged during the "in class activities." 

So some tools to assist the science teachers in the spirit of UDL and flipping can be found in this Google Doc I have started. Please comment if you can see how I can make this a better working document and share share share.......

UDL Applied and the Science Classroom:

1 comment:

  1. Great post Jane! Flipping not only affords teachers the time they need to engage their kids in class, but it also encourages teachers to be more selective about what content and concepts need to be delivered directly and what concepts can be developed through student activities. Flipping moves us away from "just in case" delivery of content and towards a "just in time" model that allows students to scaffold the extras upon they key ideas.