What technology do you need for the Flipped Classroom?

imageCaroline Chisholm Catholic College in Melbourne is on the pathway to the Flipped Classroom – a pedagogical model that inverts traditional teaching by delivering instruction online outside of class while moving problem solving (traditionally given as homework) into the classroom.  And one of the starting points for the ICT department was to ensure the technology was there to support the vision, putting the students at the front of the classroom.

One of the keys to supporting a flipped classroom model really well as that students have access to good collaboration technology inside and outside the classroom and teachers have easy ways to record materials for students to watch. (Karl Fisch, of Shift Happens fame, uses the flipped classroom model – you can read more about it here)

The college were already using [email protected] for their student email, and an IP-based phone system, but they were starting to look also at Google Apps as another platform for learning. But when they got into deeper discussions with Generation-e (a Microsoft Gold Certified partner), they were very pleased with the solution that they were given, that included moving to the latest Microsoft software to fully support their new teaching and learning model – using Office 365 for education, Lync 2013, Windows 8 and SkyDrive Pro.

The Generation-e team summarises the impact for the college in their case study:


Caroline Chisholm Catholic College was very pleased with the end result.  With features such as the video recording capabilities of Lync, teachers will be able to roll out the “Flipped Classroom” initiative. That means conducting and recording lessons using real-time collaboration, pushing video, presentations, white-boarding and chat during sessions.  The initiative offers further enrichment through video collaboration with overseas sister schools for LOTE programs, as well as digital excursions.

Further benefits of the Microsoft stack include:

  • Increased staff productivity- heads of departments conduct online meetings; ICT staff collaborate between three campuses without having to travel or leave the support desk unattended
  • 100% Lync uptake- staff have happily transitioned from desk phones to their screens
  • Collaboration enabled by federating with other schools and suppliers
  • Better student engagement- the use of My Site provides them with a single location to manage all their documents, content, and tasks enabling them to collaborate on group projects and present them in class
  • With Windows 8, SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint, students’ notes are automatically updated and saved
  • Improved student efficiency- O365 enables students to access their laptops with a single login
  • Increased flexibility- O365 puts students in the cloud to provide maximum storage, allowing anywhere access from their laptops
  • Stronger community through social collaboration –  access to discussions, newsfeeds and photo sharing on SharePoint
  • While the students are now able to push their notes to any device through OneNote, this will be particularly useful once they shift from laptops to tablets


Learn MoreRead the full case study on the Generation-e website