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Ten Years Later: How BYOD has Helped Flipped Classrooms Come of Age

Written by Jennifer Sturges | Find me on: LinkedIn


banner-classroom2.jpg2017 marks the ten year anniversary of the ideology of flipped classrooms first took hold and the beginning of the 21st century classrom experience. Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, two chemistry teachers in Colorado, wanted to spend more time with each student during class time, so they began posting their lectures online to free up time face to face time for discussion and interaction. 

Since then, the flipped classroom concept has become popular all over the world.  The onset of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies in classrooms has made the trend sky-rocket.  

BYOD in the Classroom

“Can I use my phone?"

Nearly every teacher and educator across the country is posed this question daily. Maybe the student has a valid reason; they want to search the internet for information related to an experiment, a history fact, or other education related activity. 

According to a Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 8 out of 10 school students reported having a smartphone, that unlike textbooks, they never forget.  Educators had to face reality that students’ personal devices were in the classroom and decide how they could be an enhancement and not a distraction to the learning process. 

While moderation and policies are needed, BYOD allows students to contribute to team activities and tends to increase motivation and interest in course materials. Since the goal of flipped classrooms is to inspire collaboration, students often feel more compelled to engage when allowed to use their own technology to join the conversation.

When wireless presentation systems like wePresent are paired with BYOD policies, student’s smartphones, tablets or Chromebooks become a useful learning tools and inspire flipped classroom interaction.

Flipped classrooms outfitted with wireless presentation systems link the class’ display system to devices used by students without worrying about cables or other wired connections. Using Quadrant Display, multiple students can share digital content with the classroom.  Students and teachers can collaboratively compare data, discuss group projects and interact with each other’s individual work.

wePresent allows for OnScreen Annotation, allowing presenters to write, draw and annotate on-screen presentations in real time using the built-in annotation overlay.  The idea behind this solution is simple: increase collaboration in the classroom and focus on performance. Students could share information with the entire class or within small huddle groups. Teacher can review content being presented and let the students know errors or highlight important information.

Flipped Classrooms Around the World

The classroom layout of the American high school PTECH in Johnstown, New York, was designed as a collaborative space for a start-up or a company meeting room. It is composed of four to five sub spaces which are equipped with a large screen, positioned in front of a table around on which students take their place and collaborate with projects in small groups. They can all connect their peripherals (computers, tablets, smartphones) to the screen through the wireless presentation system. Teachers move from table to table and can work either with the group or individually with each student. The students are the protagonist of their projects, learning how to lead them by interacting with each other.                                    

Innovative teachers in France have ran with the idea of the flipped classrooms, producing positive results. Physics teacher, Martial Gavaland led several experiments at his school. He uses pedagogical platforms such as EntBox and Moodle from which the students could access their course resources, tutorials, exercises and assignments.

Frédéric Laujon at the Lycée La Colinière in Nantes no longer gives exercises to do at home but rather short videos of 2 to 3 minutes to view. The evaluation of the viewed video is done during a questionnaire sent to the students.

Cher school math teacher, Christophe Le Guelvouit, gives his students the opportunity to watch videos on their smartphones. The work plan indicates which video should be seen to study a particular topic, and each student advances at their own pace with the possibility of continuing at home.

These examples showcase the possibilities that BYOD and the flipped classroom bring while working in tandem. Students can become more involved with their studies and capitalize on learning environments designed for digesting and utilizing digital content.


Mobile and collaborative technologies support students' autonomy and reinforce the notion of collaborative work provides a better learning experience.  Flipped classrooms leverage digital tools to positively influence student’s performance and motivation in the classroom.  Learn more about how wePresent can be used in educational environments to foster learning and improve interaction.

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Topics: education , flipped classroom , Higher Education

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