Flipped Classroom

The flipped classroom is a new wave of instruction where homework and lecture components in the classroom are switched. The instructor makes video lectures for students to watch outside of the classroom and then when the class meets there is a group activity to work on the concepts presented in the videos and then homework work time. I first was exposed to this style of teaching in my Discrete Math course at UW Platteville, but have also worked with cooperating teaching in my service learning and pre student teaching courses that incorporated the ideas of a flipped classroom into their classes.

Benefits: 

  • Students are able to ask questions and work through material with their peers and the instructor.
  • Students are able to pause videos and re watch them to review for assessments or when the concepts re appear later in the school year.
  • There are opportunities to make instruction shorter and more engaging focusing on the issues that all students are struggling with during the actual classroom meeting.

Concerns: 

The only concern I have with a flipped classroom is using it in a district where technology is not provided to each student. Some students may not have a computer or the internet available in their home, and without watching the videos in a flipped classroom the students will fall behind quickly.

Flipped Classroom Tools: 

If you are interested in incorporating a flipped classroom into your instruction, there are a lot of great tools out there. In this post I will outline two of my favorites that I have found.

  • Explain Everything

    • This is a great app available on the App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, and Chrome Web Store. A quick disclaimer, this app does cost $2.99 to download, but the features and quality of video is worth the purchase. When you open the app you start with a board space and you can pick from 4 background colors. You can add text, video, pictures, or drawings that you add yourself. Something useful that I have found as a math teacher is writing equations and examples out on the slides using the different color pen methods to highlight certain steps throughout the process to keep organized. After you have made your slides, you can record your voice and audio for each individual slide. This is beneficial so that the audio does not have to be one continuous file like in other apps, allowing you to be able to eliminate unnecessary gaps in sound. This is also useful for rerecording audio because you can isolate specific sections.
      • To learn more or download the app visit here!

 

  • TEDed

    • TEDed is a very cool free resource available from any device that has internet access. Disclaimer, if you choose to make a TEDed lesson, your students need to have an account to view it. On TEDed you can build a lesson for your students based on any of the videos in the TEDed library. These videos are quick, fun, and engaging full of lots of color and examples. After the students watch the video there are options to add questions for them to answer and discussion boards for them to participate in. There are a variety of subjects and topics to choose from,  the options are endless. In my opinion, TEDed offers great extra resources for students to be exposed to material and ideas in an avenue that plays to their interest.
      • Check out TEDed for yourself here!
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