Being a child of the 80's and 90's, my experiences as a student are what you would expect of the times. Teachers talked at us and we doodled in our notebooks. I mean took notes! We took notes in our notebooks... Well, whatever we did, it was not a flipped classroom. I have only just recently heard the term flipped classroom, never mind knowing what it meant. However, after completing a lesson on it and creating a video to answer some assignment questions, it's safe to say that I have a much better understanding of what the flipped classroom is.
No, it's not hanging the desks from the ceiling or students grading their own papers, but you could say that, in a way, it is the students being the teacher, or more precisely, it is the students learning how to teach themselves by actively engaging in their own learning. It is giving the tools, resources and power to the students so that they may find how, what, when and where they learn best. Though the concept is not as new as I would have guessed, it is still somewhat unheard of. From what I have read and researched, though, I am a believer.
I can see such great things happening in classrooms and schools that implement this method, but I can also see the many reasons why it has not yet taken over the country like a new Star Wars movie. Many classrooms and schools are a far cry from being able to afford the time or costs associated with digital technology or internet access. We, as educators, cannot know if each student has access to digital technology or internet access.
Cell phone companies may release a new version of a cell phone knowing there will be quirks to work out before the release of the two point oh, but we can't really take that approach with our students who all deserve the absolute best we can give them each year. We cannot and should not treat them as guinea pigs. The flipped classroom can work and has worked, but there are many hurdles to overcome before we see it in every classroom, everywhere. Although, I am very much looking forward to it.
This is where you can find the video I made about the flipped classroom.