The flipped Classroom/Khan Academy experiment with 5th and 7th graders in California

Standardized tests on the flipped classroom/Khan Academy experiment with 5th and 7th graders in Los Altos, California apparently show more students “proficient,” and a few “advanced,” compared with traditional numeracy/math instruction at the same levels. According to an article by Gareth Cook in the Boston Globe, students and teachers loved it. This year they will use Khan Academy (and presumably the “flipped classroom” model) in all fifth and sixth grade classes in Los Altos.

It doesn’t mean that this is a math panacea. So far, it’s just an experiment that apparently has some promising results with children. Will it have promising results with adults? Not unless there are adult education classes that try it, and where the results can be reasonably compared with other, comparable, adult math classrooms. Do you know of any adult literacy education teachers who are trying the “flipped classroom” model? Are you thinking about it? What are the considerations in doing so for the use of technology, and for teaching numeracy? Can it be done in adult basic education?

Although in Los Altos they use Khan Academy videos, I see no reason why the flipped classroom should be limited to Khan videos. If there are better instructional videos for adults, teachers could use those. Some of these video resources are listed under “Instructional Videos Useful for Adult Learners” on the Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki at http://wiki.literacytent.org/index.php/Using_Video_with_Adult_Learners_-_Links_%26_Resources .
If you know of other numeracy/math videos that you think would be useful for adult learners, please add them to that page. (There are simple instructions for how to do this at the bottom of the wiki page.)

To read the Boston Globe article, go to http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/09/18/flipping_for_math/ .

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