“Flipping the classroom” is a growing trend where instructors are moving lectures out of the classroom so that students consume them on their own time, while activities students used to do at home are now done in the classroom.
For example, you can record your lectures or use videos on YouTube or Khan Academy to replace your lectures. Students watch these videos and read their textbooks on their own time. When they come to class, you can then work with the material – solve problems, have discussions, critique papers, do experiments, have a debate…the possibilities are endless! By using technology this way, you are actually bringing more interaction and social contact into your classroom.
Want more information? Check out this blog entry: Mobile Learning and the Inverted Classroom.