Heather Parris-Fitzpatrick (shown right, center), program specialist for Technology Resource Solutions, and Lisa Estrada, program coordinator for Student Support Services, of the Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Department of Nassau BOCES advocate “flipping” classrooms to foster language development and self-directed learning.
A flipped classroom approach—a form of blended learning in which students watch lectures online and work on problem sets with other students in class—allows teachers to spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. “The flipped classroom instructional model promotes asynchronous, differentiated, project-based learning that addresses all four language skills,” the Nassau BOCES staff member offered. “Teachers can scaffold instruction for ELLs by creating at-home viewing assignments paired with interactive student-centered tasks in the classroom.” The pair recommends flipped-learning ELLs as it provides multimedia support for content, provides multiple modalities for learning, addresses the four language skills, and offers increased accessibility and portability.
Parris-Fitzpatrick and Estrada presented a poster presentation and a mini-workshop, titled Exploring Frontiers for ELLs: Flipping the Classroom with Digital Media, at ISTE 2103. Nassau BOCES is a SunGard K-12 eFinancePLUS customer.