We recently presented our ideas and current work on “Flipping the classroom for students with special needs” at ATIA 2013.Â As we have posted previously, theÂ flipped classroomÂ has been making some big waves in the last year in bothÂ K-12Â and inÂ higher education.Â We’ve been working on this initativeÂ and wanted to share our resources so that we can generate ideas and discussion in this new and growing area.
In our session, we challenged the notion that the benefit for flipping the classroom for students with special needs lies solely in the “ability to watch the content over and over again” within the online tutorials that teachers can use to create materials. While we feel that online tutorials are beneficial for individual needs for many reasons (ex. a highly visualÂ approach can be used to present content) we feel that other benefits stem from the fact that the classroom can become a more interactive, collaborative and authentic place for learning. Using David Thornburg‘s concept, we approached flipping the classroom for students with special needs with his idea of “doing things differently vs. doing different things.”
Flipping the classroom for students with special needs – Presentation at ATIA:
Flipped classroom for students with special needs – List of tools:
We also presented tools that can be used for flipping the classroom from three perspectives:
- Those that can be used outside of the classroom only (content curation and interactiveÂ screencasting)
- Those that can be used both inside or outside the classroom (screensharing, interactive polling) and
- Those used mainly for use inside the classroom (digital storytelling, blogging/microblogging, concept mapping).
We created a handout that you might want to use as a quick reference:
Flipping the classroom for students with special needs – Case study:
Lastly, we prepared a case study on flipping the classroom for students with special needs using a specialized approach for students with learning disabilities in the area of math problem solving and financial literacy. We merged a research-based approach with tools for flipping the classroom to create an example of what a lesson plan could look like. Our case study is embedded below:
We enjoyed discussing flipping the classroom for students with special needs and the great feedback we received from ourÂ colleaguesÂ at the conference (ATIA is always a great experience!) Please post your thoughts below, we would love to get the conversation going!