Flipped debate with Audioboom evidence.

Previously with my year 8 class, we delved into the realm of debating. Exploring the purpose and need of rules; how to research and prepare for debates; what topics are good to debate on and finally performed a formal debate. This time, I’ve flipped the classroom around.

The Flipped classroom

Based on modern thinking about education (that being that it doesn’t all have to be in school, see here) I have thought closely about how I could use this to aid my own pupils in their learning. There have been many successes such as here, but how could I implement this into my own teaching practice? My first thought was to utilise homework more efficiently. Stop it from being a chore and make it engaging, entertaining and cooperative (hopefully.)

In this case I set the task of preparing for another debate – I know it’s not quite something new and learning at home, but it makes them use what they have learnt – the traditional homework (Next time it will be something they will need to find out for themselves.)

The debate was a topic they had previously suggested, so I assumed they had a vested interest in the matter: Should school uniforms be banned?

Again, I set up a Padlet page, this time only 2: For and against – the theory was, this would make collaboration easier and the sharing of knowledge efficient. AS you can see below, this worked to a certain extent, but because the topic was so personal, they lacked in sources of information. However, sharing ideas did work.



This is an excellent was to track who is contributing and who isn’t, as each pupil must write their name (the more unscrupulous and intellectual ones may ask another to write their name and claim work which is not theirs, but that does show some context of thought.)

Crunch time.

I gave them an entire week to prepare for the debate. They were working on groups of 3 and had 1 leader who would be representing their group’s effort by reading the speech that they had to write. As this is such a verbal and practical task, I recorded the whole debate as evidence to demonstrate what they achieved. I ended up using Audioboom (app)(Android), which is a free app and website (you can pay and can record for longer, but it’s not always necessary.)

Audioboom (app)(Android),is a very simple app which records for 10 mins at a time and posts straight to the web, which can be embedded later. This is very useful for creating a flipped classroom as you or your pupils can record instructions, hints, answers or anything else that may be useful and embed it straight on the website. This could be used as an aid to reading ( I have a future plan of creating our own audio book performances!)

Here is the end result of the debate. I think it might have gone better if I too were more prepared and wasn’t in a pre-lunch haze.


You can also add a picture to the recording to make it personalised or to give it that added oomph of colour.

The task following this involves my pupils parents being involved (school trip so I don’t expect much homework wise) – they will (hopefully) listen to the debate and decide on which side one; who had the better arguments and will leave some feedback on what was achieved.

More articles on Flipped learning here