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The Flipped Classroom is Hot, Hot, Hot

by Kelly Walsh on April 29, 2012


Reverse instruction is a hot news topic these days. Here’s 15 news stories from the last month about flipping the classroom.

There are news stories and web articles about reverse instruction, or ‘flipping the classroom’, published just about every day lately. Here’s 15 news stories from the last 4 weeks focused on this instructional technology phenomenon. Many of these articles mention ‘the flip’ in their title (and for every one of these, there have been one or two additional articles that discuss the concept).

Flipped Classroom 15 Recent News Stories Graphic

In addition to listing these articles here, I’ve also created and shared a video and a Slideshare deck to help to bring attention to this powerful idea and spread the word about it to educators everywhere. If you want to spread the word too, please pass this article or one of these other presentations on to your colleagues.

1. ‘Flipped Classroom’ Makes Most of Hands-On Time, Education Week, April 25, 2012

2. The Flipped Classroom,, Heart Beat , Barat Academy, Chesterfield, MO April 27, 2012

3. Framingham High teachers try ‘flipped classroom’ format, The MetroWest Daily News, April 24, 2012

4. ‘Flipped Classroom’ Getting A Tryout At Suburban High Schools, CBS Chicago, April 23, 2012

5. A New Homework Strategy: Flipped Classrooms, Hartford Courant, April 25, 2012

6. Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video, Geek Dad on, April 13, 2012

7. With A New Education Platform, TED Gives Teachers The Keys To A Flipped Classroom, TechCrunch, April 24, 2012

8. Inside The Flipped Classroom, The Journal, April 11, 2012

9. The flip: Classwork at home, homework in class, The Washington Post, April 15, 2012

10. St. Gabriel’s Launches 1:1 iPad Initiative To Flip Classrooms, The Journal, April 3, 2012

11. ‘Flipped classroom’ model leaps to Long Island, (Long Island Business News), April 4, 2012

11. Conference to explore best practices in flipped learning, eSchoolNews, April5, 2012

13. Is Reverse Instruction Education Technology’s Perfect Storm?, EmergingEdTech, April 8, 2012

14. Arizona schools flipping homework, lectures, AZCentral, 12 News March 31, 2012

15. Mishicot Middle School tried new model for math class,, April 13, 2012

It’s exciting to me to see this high level of interest in this topic, since I’ll be presenting on the subject at the Campus Technology 2012 Conference in Boston in July in my session, “Flipping the Classroom – Succeeding With Reverse Instruction”. I hope I’ll be seeing some of you there!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Reverse Instruction Tools And Techniques – Screencasting
7 Stories From Educators About Teaching In The Flipped Classroom
Is Reverse Instruction Education Technology’s Perfect Storm?


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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K. Walsh August 14, 2012 at 6:49 am

My pleasure Mitchell – I’m glad this video was an incentive to you. The momentum just keeps on building for implementing the flip in high schools and colleges, as well as younger grades. My recommendation is to pick up the new brief, but information packed “Flip Your Classroom” book by John Bergmann and Aaron Sams and give it a read (and consider coming back from our next online Flipped Classroom Workshop in October!)

Mitchell Swords August 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Thanks for the fuel to keep me going. I have been researching this model in order to implement it into my classroom in the fall (2 weeks). We have a 1:1 macbook initiative this year for the first time with 6th graders. I am planning to intergrate methods of the flip throughout the year, and using Digital tic -tac-toe boards for differentiated projects as the students become more comfortable with the tech tools. I am debating whether to pilot a section using mastery learning in the final two units of the year after our state testing to see if that method would be something I would like to explore and implement further. This really gives me that much more confidence and excitement in this model. Any thoughts back would be greatly appreciated!

Dan McGuire May 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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