An instructor’s stage is her classroom or in the virtual world… our zoom room! While the instructor may have a lot of the expertise in the content, the learner should also be given the opportunity to be on stage! Let’s talk flipped classroom.

What does a flipped classroom even mean? According to Wikipedia’s recent definition, “A flipped classroom is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom. It moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom.” Sounds great, right?

With virtual live sessions and virtual tools, learners can easily take center stage and be the lead of engagement.  Through screen sharing and annotating tools in Zoom, learners can have the opportunity to showcase their learning to their instructor and other classmates in real time with instant feedback. Learners can also engage in unique virtual tools like Animoto, EdPuzzle, Go Animate, Lego Moviemaker, Sway, Instagram, iMovie, or Voki.  All of these tools are easily embedded in a variety of learning opportunities in language courses to help learners develop their language learning and demonstrate their knowledge in their own personalized way.

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