Re "New teaching technique flips classroom strategy" (Capitol & California, Jan. 28): "Flipped learning," when students acquire information at home and process it through interactions with teachers and classmates at school, is an old and valued strategy. It does not depend on new technology. Rather it recognizes that deep learning involves both the acquisition of information and the processing of information. Information can be acquired by watching, listening and reading. Information can be processed by applying it to problems or situations and putting it in context with other information.
Many educators have recognized that students learn well when assigned to acquire a specific body of information as "homework" and then have a chance to process that information via projects, discussions, problem-solving, and other activities in the classroom. While online videos provide another avenue for presenting information, they are not responsible for the flipped learning strategy; information was acquired from assigned readings in the good old days.
-- Melanie Loo, Sacramento