Flipped Classroom Module 2

In this module you will learn about the tools used to flip your classroom. You will begin to apply what you have learned so far and begin to create your base materials for a lesson from your curriculum.

Tools for Flipping the Classroom:
Below, are a few examples of some flipped lessons created by one of your course creators, Jaime Vandergrift, for use in her classroom. These were created using ShowMe and Educreations.

Both ShowMe and Educreations are online apps for iPads or browsers that can record "SmartBoard" lessons with audio. They are both easy to use, and as you can see above, they make learning more interesting for the student. These lessons can be posted to your blog or wiki or students can look them up right on Educreations or the ShowMe site. These sites are both free to use. Another one is called Camtasia. It allows you to record what is on your computer screen and record your voice.

You can even use digital video cameras and record videos of yourself teaching the lessons. Below is an example of a middle school teacher in Paulding County, Georgia. She has a blog that she uploads informative videos that are simple to understand to go with her 6th grade Social Studies curriculum. These were created by Jill Oberkofler.

To create these types of videos you can use flip cameras, the video setting on your digital camera, an old fashioned camcorder, or even your phone video app.

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Steps to creating your own Video or SmartBoard creation:

The following steps should be useful in creating your media for the lesson.

1. Begin with your objective in mind. What is it that you want the students to know when you are through? How are you going to assess them on it? What will you use for follow up in the classroom? Begin by thinking through these things.
2. Next, begin to come up with your script. What will you say on the video/SmartBoard creation? Write it out so that you know what you want to say.
3. Then, practice. Be sure it flows well and the script has everything you need. On the website for Camtasia, they have step by step video tutorials to help with this.
3. Then, set up the scene for a video or computer screen recording. Be sure there are no noises to distract you or the learner. Also, be sure that what is being recorded visually is free from distraction (desktop background).
4. Begin recording what you want to say. When you are through, do a preview to be sure it is what you want the learner to learn and that it flows well.
5. Post it to your blog, wiki, website, etc.

Where to Post your lesson:

There are many ways to put your lesson out there. Most teachers already have a blog that is provided by the school. You can post it onto there. You can also create a wiki space for your class where you can post your video lessons. This lesson is an example of a wiki. These are usually free for teachers and students and very easy to create and use. Wikispaces is a good example. If you have your own website, you can post it there.

What Next?

The next thing you need to do is to create any practice pieces to go with the lesson. Maybe you just want the students to take notes on the
material. If that is the case, they can just use a sheet of paper. If not, you need to create the material and hand it out in class or attach it with the video lesson.

Now it is your turn!
Your next step is to begin creating your basic idea of a concept from your curriculum that you want to flip. Begin with something simple. For example, if you were a middle school science teacher, you might begin with "What is an Igneous Rock?" You could create a video explaining how igneous rocks are created. You could use pictures, drawings, etc. to explain it. Then, have them fill in a chart or organizer as they watch. Okay, get started and do not be intimidated!! The hardest part is getting started!