“Flipping” the classroom

Thanks to myriad online resources such as Khan Academy and ever-simpler ways to digitize everything, classroom teachers are increasingly able to integrate technology into their course outlines. My latest favorite is the concept of “flipping” the classroom. That is, sending lectures home (largely via online videos) and doing “homework” in the classroom, where the students have the opportunity to access their teachers and peers when confronted with difficult material. With any luck, this kind of innovation will eventually make my work obsolete (or finally get me into a classroom!). Here the Washington Post does a nice overview. (Or watch the TED talk by Salman Khan where he touches on this subject here.)