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When one hears “Flipped Instruction” one typically thinks about students watching videos. And you’d be right! Videos are typically a large component of the flipped classroom pedagogy. When instructional video is used in the classroom, students retain more information, visually understand concepts more readily and are more passionate about what they are learning.
Instructional video in the classroom:
- Reinforces reading and lecture material
- Aids in the development of a common base of knowledge among students
- Enhances student comprehension and discussion
- Provides greater accommodation of diverse learning styles
- Increases student motivation and enthusiasm
- Promotes teacher effectiveness (CPB, 2004)
Video reaches students from a variety of learning styles, provides common experiences for discussions, and illustrates complex concepts that engage students. Read more about “Using Education Video in the Classroom” from Safari Montage (a leading provider of video for the classroom) for theory, research and helpful tips.
When choosing videos for classroom use,
the most important thing to remember is to keep them short!
Here’s a quote from Jonathon Bergman, one of the originators of Flipped Learning. This is from “9 Video Tips for a Better Flipped Classroom” by David Raths.
“Make videos short and interactive. Bergmann says he and Sams initially took their standard lectures and made videos that contained multiple objectives and pieces of content that were way too long. Gradually they learned to make them much shorter, with one video per discrete objective. “My rule of thumb is one to 1½ minutes per grade level,” he says. “That means for a fourth-grader, your videos should be no longer than four to six minutes; and for a 10th-grader, that means 10- to 15-minute videos.”
Students need more than just exposure to video, more than just consumption of video in the learning process. They also need to be taught how to evaluate and use information. They need to learn strategies for analyzing media and understand point of view. While information literacy and media literacy are not the primary focus when thinking about flipped classroom pedagogy, it is important to discuss these elements every time a video is used in the classroom. You can learn more at the Partnership for 21st Century Skills website.
Let’s take a look at what the Flipped Classroom is, and what it is not…
Articles about the Flipped Classroom Model
- Flipped Classroom Resources from Jared Ward: EdTech blog
- Bloom’s Taxonomy: Old vs New
- The Four Pillars of F-L-I-P (and 11 Indicators)
- Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods
- 7 Things You Should Know About the Flipped Classroom
- Flip-Thinking, the New Buzzword Sweeping the US
- Flipping Classrooms – Does it Make Sense?
- Flipping at This Michigan School Took Failure Rates from 35% to 10% and College Enrollment from 63% to 80% in Two Years!
Many technology tools exist to make flipped classroom learning easier for both the teacher and the student. My favorite tools are those tools which make the video watching process more engaging. Let’s take a look at a few tools that will help you get started flipping your lessons:
For desktops and laptops:
- Screencastify for Chrome and Chromebooks (videos saved to Google Drive or YouTube)
- Screencast-O-Matic for PC’s and Mac (free version will save to Screencast-O-Matic, YouTube or download to your computer. Pro version allows direct save to Google Drive and much more for $15/year)
- If you discover you need more power and flexibility, take a look at SnagIt, Camtasia or Screenflow (Mac only)
- TEDEd is web-based, but you can only use YouTube or TED videos.
- EdPuzzle is also web-based and will work on pretty much anything, but you can pull videos from YouTube, LearnZillion, vimeo, Khan Academy, and many more video sharing sites. Take a look at the finished product of a Mitosis video that I’ll show you how I made. Also, take a look at some new features added 10/15, including Google Classroom integration!
Screencasting tools for the iPad:
You can also flip LIVE! You may not use the social tool Google+ for much (if anything) other than possible chatting with colleagues. But did you know the service has a hidden Super Power?? Once you have initially set up your G+ profile and a YouTube Channel, head to https://plus.google.com/hangouts/onair and sign in. You can then start a Google Hangout On Air.
A Google Hangout On Air will:
- Allow you to record your Webcam & microphone
- Share and record your computer screen
- Allow others to join in your live recording via YouTube
- Record it all and automatically post to YouTube!
- Learn more about Hangouts On Air
Most of these tools rely on saving or sharing your videos on YouTube. If you can’t use YouTube, you can now upload and host your videos in eMedia+ (accessed by logging into your MyUEN account).
Here’s a great example of a TEDEd flipped lesson on How to use a semicolon.
A good friend of mine suggested that I take a look at the learning platform that TED-Ed (http://ed.ted.com/) has developed for teachers. It is a powerful platform that helps teachers (or administrators, or students – anyone, really) to take ANY video from TED or YouTube and easily turn it into a flipped lesson that learners can view and do anywhere, anytime they have access to a browser.
First, TED-Ed offers pre-made lessons on just about any subject for you to use with your classrooms. You can also browse by Series to see other thought-provoking lessons. You can use each lesson as-is, or you can flip them to customize the instructions, questions and resources to fit your lesson.
If you can’t find something there that you need, you can ‘Find & Flip‘ any video on TED or from YouTube. Search for the video you need, preview it, and then Flip it!
You will now start to build a lesson based on this video:
- Give it a title of your choice
- Let’s Begin… – State the learning objective or intended outcomes, introduce the topic and video
- Watch – Students watch the video
- Think – Create up to 15 different multiple choice &/or open answer questions about the content. You can even set video time code hints to help your students out.
- Dig Deeper – Point your students to other web content, provide notes, or link them back to your class Web site or any other online resource.
- Discuss – allows for interactive discussion on the video
Once you are done, Finish the Flip and you’ll get a custom URL to your lesson. This will allow you and your students to track their progress and how they have done on each lesson.
This learning platform is incredibly easy to use and has some amazing potential. It would even be a great tool for students to build their own projects to peer-tutor other students on any topic.
And… If the video does not exist on TED or YouTube, you can always record your own to upload and use for a lesson!
Want to use your Flip cameras for more than just podcasts and random happenings around the school? Have a look at many other ways you can use your Flip cameras in the classroom. Some of the slides have YouTube videos embedded, so you may want to browse this at home if your school/district blocks this service.
Apps, sites and services we’ll cover today (I’ll add notes and any of your suggested apps as we go!):
- Explain Everything (I’ll be showing the $9.99 “Classic” version, but the free for 30 days subscription version will work for today). Learn more about their education subscription pricing, find an existing project to build from, or learn more about how to use the app.
- Educreations – This is a decent free alternative app to Explain Everything, and has great classroom support. If you have a classroom set of iPads, your students can create accounts linked to yours to create/share/submit projects with you. Recording and input features are not nearly as robust as Explain Everything, but it’s free!
- ShowMe is another good free alternative.
- Doceri and Doceri Desktop – Control and record your desktop/laptop with your iPad. iPad app is free, but desktop connection software is a one-time $30 purchase.
- EdPuzzle – Tremendously flexible platform for enhancing existing video for classroom use. Pull in video from a wide array of sources and add your own voice and questions to check for understanding embedded within the video.
- TEDEd – A more limited platform similar to EdPuzzle for adding your own questions and additional resources to video, but their video lesson library is AWESOME and is growing all the time.
- eMedia – Netflix for Utah Teachers. Part of Utah’s Online Library. eMedia is a growing library of videos vetted by Utah teachers, aligned to the Utah Core, and free to download and keep any video as long as you are a teacher in Utah.
- Flipgrid – Use video like your students use video. Flipgrid is a video response platform that allows educators to host video based discussions with students. Educators create topic grids and students respond with recorded videos to discuss, reflect, and share via webcam, tablet or mobile device.
- Learn more about Getting Started with Flipped and Blended Instruction from my blog at sedcclint.com
- Promethean IWB’s and ActiveInspire:
- Google Classroom
- SAGE Formative
- SEDC Roadshow
- 10:10 am: Commence The Flip! (repeats), Business Building, Room 102
- 11:20 am: Commence The Flip! (repeat), Ed Building, Room 104
- 2:40 pm: Getting Started with Google Classroom (repeat), Ed Building, Room 104
- 9:00 – 11:10 am (2-hour session): Creating on the iPad – In Depth, Ed Building, Room 203
Since our time is limited today, we decided to let YOU choose the topics for our presentation today. Please head to my voting page at Mentimeter and vote for your top pick. Once we have covered the overall top item, we will come back and vote again.
You can view the entire presentation here. I’ll be sure to update it with any new contributions from the presenters and participants. All of the links and apps in the presentation follow:
- Presentation Tips
- Educational Media
- Creation Apps
- Productivity Apps
- Educational Apps
- Quizzing and Assessment
Welcome to SUECON 2015! Below are the links to all of my presentation resources – just click on the session you have attended, and you’ll be able to download PDF’s of my presentations (or access them directly), see all of the session notes and links to the apps and resources that I have presented.
Friday, November 6
- 3:40 PM: Commence the Flip, Room 206 in the Pink Hall
- Flipped Instruction is more than just students watching videos, it’s a way to make the most of your time with your students by providing some of your direct instruction to students outside of class time. This allows for more time in class for projects, individualized instruction, and allowing students to do their “homework” where they can ask the expert their questions instead of their parents or the Internet. When instructional video is used in the classroom students retain more information, visually understand concepts more readily and are more passionate about what they are learning. This session will cover what Flipping is, what it isn’t, best practices and introduce you to some tools that can help you to commence your flip.
Saturday, November 7
- 9:50 AM: Painless Password Management, Room 202 in the Pink Hall
- In this session I will start you down the road to login and password nirvana by introducing you to a few tools that will help you create, track and remember your passwords for you! These tools will create complex passwords and save them so that you will only need to remember ONE more password for the rest of your life. Bring your logins and passwords that have been jotted down on the note pads in your desk and sticky notes from under your keyboard so that we can get them secure!
- 12:00 PM: Getting Started with Google Classroom, Room 123 in the Green Hall
- Classroom is Google’s version of an LMS (Learning Management System) that is designed to work incredibly well with teachers and schools who are using the Google Apps for Education platform (free Gmail for schools). It has many features similar to Canvas, but it is entirely free to use. If you are in a district who is using Google Tools and you are using Google Docs to collect student work, Classroom is what you need. Join me to learn the basics and to see how to take control of your digital student work.
Take a look at the chart below. As you go through your sessions at this conference, PLEASE keep these ideas in mind. 🙂