Edutopia. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Jennifer Williams, co-founder of and lead program developer for Calliope Global. In order to prepare students for effective learning in an increasingly global and digital society, educators are seeking innovative communication tools that inspire student curiosity through investigation and reflection. Periscope is a powerful new tool that is inspiring teachers and students to create content together and share their worlds in impactful ways. As a free smartphone app, Periscope allows users to broadcast a live video stream to public or private audiences. Throughout broadcasts, followers join in and view the video in real time from anywhere in the world. Periscope for Student Instruction As a digital collaboration tool, Periscope affords the opportunity for students to see the world through the perspectives of others. Virtual Field Trips Expert Speakers or Demonstrations Historical Accounts and Interviews Student Collaborations Televising School Events.
Edutopia. Seventeen months ago, I made my first flipped learning video. And then, unexpectedly, it happened: I crossed the century mark. That is to say, I made my hundredth video. What have I learned along the road between one and one hundred? It's not about the video. I've said this before, but can’t repeat it enough: Teachers who embrace flipped learning need to think like architects, not video producers. It's tempting to become enamored by content creation -- after all, you want the lesson to hold visual appeal.
And then there's the issue of coverage. Don't forget the data. In the early days, I released video content to students through my YouTube channel and trusted that they would watch assigned lessons in time for class. Flip outside the box. Flipped learning is a powerful tool for classroom learning, but why stop there? Faculty meetings: Communicate all that administrivia ahead of time and use the space for deeper conversations about teaching and learning. Plan backward and give notice. Flipped Staff Meetings: Why Didn't We Do This A Long Time Ago? How–And Why–We Flipped Our Teacher Staff Meetings by Amy Arbogash Staff Meeting. There are often no more dreaded words in a teacher’s vocabulary than those. The time we all get together to hear the principal talk about due dates, important initiatives, and the increasing workload on our plate.
The place where teachers show up with papers to grade, emails to send, and conversations to catch up on. The one thing sure to not be tackled is the true task of schools – changing a teacher’s practice and improving student learning. So if staff meetings tend to be ineffective, boring, and repetitive, why do we continue to run them the way they have always been run? What if teachers could go to staff meetings and be actively collaborating? Our schools, and education in general, are being met with transformative times. The teaching method of flipping classes is not new to teachers.
Three years ago I began working with my administration to flip our staff meetings. Now I know what you are thinking. Should You Flip Your Classroom? At its core, "flipped instruction" refers to moving aspects of teaching out of the classroom and into the homework space. With the advent of new technologies, specifically the ability to record digitally annotated and narrated screencasts, instructional videos have become a common medium in the flipped classroom.
Although not limited to videos, a flipped classroom most often harnesses different forms of instructional video published online for students. Despite recent buzz, catalyzed primarily by Salman Khan's TED talk, flipped instruction is by no means a new methodology. In the early 19th century, General Sylvanus Thayer created a system at West Point where engineering students, given a set of materials, were responsible for obtaining core content prior to coming to class. The classroom space was then used for critical thinking and group problem solving. The Pros Advocates of the flipped classroom point to its potential as a time-shifting tool. And Cons Flipped Classroom in Perspective. Flipped-Learning Toolkit. Thinking about flipping your classroom?
Flipped-learning pioneers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams walk you through the steps you need to take to make blended learning a reality. Read More About Flipped Learning Video lectures at home? Homework in class? Welcome to a new world of active learning, where teachers can be there when students need them. 3 App Smash Video Projects to Challenge Your Students. When app-smashing on iPad, students and teachers use multiple apps to create individual pieces of content that are then merged or smashed together into one culminating product. Applying this concept dramatically increases creative potential, and the rate at which apps are developing allows for new, unique, and dynamic creations to consistently challenge what seemed possible only a few months or weeks ago. The final product involved in app-smashing often lends itself to video, so to kick off the school year, here are a few app-smashing video projects. Animated Paper Videos This video process involves creating drawings offline with paper that will later become animated, include voice-overs, and can be published to the web.
Begin the project by creating a set of drawings of either characters, icons or ideas. After completing the editing process, share the creations by publishing the video via YouTube or Vimeo RSA Animate Style Videos Picture-in-Picture Reports Video Lab Reports. 5 things you should know about flipped learning. Upside Down Roller Coaster by Austin Kirk on Flickr Flipped learning — the name says it all. It’s a 180-degree shift in how we approach learning and teaching. Our past way of thinking gets turned on its head as down becomes up and we reorient ourselves to a new model for student growth. Many teachers around the globe report smashing success with the flipped model. D students become A students. Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, co-authors of Flip Your Classroom and instigators of the flipped revolution, encourage teachers to keep the following in mind as they embark upon their journey toward flipped learning. 1. A flipped classroom will look and feel different than what you’re used to, especially when you’re just getting started.
“It will take time,” Sams said. 2. Many students who have struggled in traditional classrooms are able to thrive under the flipped model, largely because it gives students more control over the pace at which they learn. 3. 4. 5. Thinking about flipping? Becoming Invisible In My Classroom. Becoming Invisible In My Classroom by Jane Healey, Increasingly Invisible Teacher “She doesn’t do anything. She gets paid to babysit us while we do all the work.” I overheard the middle school students in the orthodontist’s office describing their teacher who “flipped” the classroom, and they were quite salty. “She walks around watching us, and she won’t even answer our questions.
She just says, “Where do you think you might find that information? So I’m useless. I’ve always thought a good teacher is like a good referee in sports: they are at their best when people don’t even notice them. Beyond students, many parents and critics, especially those worried about accountability, don’t see the teaching and wonder what their taxes are paying for. They learned in classrooms with desks in rows, worksheets, and right answers. In an innovative classroom, observers might see a teacher wandering around from student to student answering questions about writing a paragraph.
What If We Flipped Online Learning? If you’re an online student, taking an online course (perhaps at Modern Lessons or Khan Academy or Coursera or, well, the list goes on…), or simply looking into putting your lectures online, there’s something you should know. People are already considering what flipped online learning might look like. It’s a thought that’s being passed around some social media circles that I follow and illustrated in the below infographic. In short, flipped online learning would involve a larger focus on the student producing the learning materials and having an online instructor be more of a ‘guide on the side’ as it were.
Rather than watching videos and taking a quiz, you’d have a robust discussion, have students create projects to share with classmates, and generate more discussion out of that. Essentially, it could be a never-ending class filled with a seemingly infinite number of lessons. Source: An Ethical Island. What Is A Flipped Classroom? (Updated For 2013) Flipped learning has been around for awhile. It’s a rethinking of the standard classroom model that puts students in the driver’s seat. With the influx of technology into education, the flipped classroom model has really taken off. In fact, it’s one of the hottest education trends we’ve been monitoring on Edudemic for the past 4 years. We published a useful guide to flipped classrooms many moons ago but were excited to see an updated visual guide to flipped classrooms from the fine folks at We Are Teachers . It details the basics of flipping, apps that you should use in a flipped classroom, and more. See Also: The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms and The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms What A Flipped Classroom Requires To start, the visual lays out what it takes to get started.
How It Actually Works Next, the guide moves onto how it actually works. Should You Flip? Most teachers have not (yet) flipped their classrooms. But that would be wrong. Report: The 4 Pillars of the Flipped Classroom. 4 Popular Screencasting Tools Being Used In Education. What is screencasting? Why would you want to record your computer screen, anyway? Well, I’m glad you asked! Recording what is happening on your screen can be a pretty useful tool for teachers who want to create video tutorials or presentations for their classrooms, and many teachers are using screencasting tools in their flipped classroom models . But before you delve into what you’re going to do with your screencast, take a few moments to learn about the tools that are available to do the actual recording.
They range from free to fairly expensive ($299) and offer a variety of functionality from simple recording to quite complex video editing. We’ve selected a few that we know to be some of the most popular screencasting tools in use today by teachers, students, and many others. Camtasia Camtasia is a software application designed especially for video screen capture for creating video tutorials and presentations. Screencast-o-matic ScreenFlow4 iShowU. 27 Simple Ways To Flip The Classroom. 7 Ways To Use Your iPad In The Classroom 14.67K Views 0 Likes There's a plethora of ways to use your iPad in the classroom but this infographic details some insanely useful apps, methods, and ideas for all teachers.
The Present And Future Plans Of Khan Academy (Video) In a recent visit (2/26/13) to Charlie Rose, Sal Khan shared some insight into the current state of Khan Academy. According to his interview, the site is now reaching about 6 million students. The Khan Academy team is comprised of 40 people. Khan is no longer the only person making the videos, and he says it’s about “ten times bigger” than when he last spoke to Rose roughly 18 months ago. Khan goes on to discuss the self-paced model and how it is effective for certain learners. He also talks about the problems surrounding passive lectures: “whether you have 10 students in the room, 20 students in the room, or 2,000 students in the room, if you’re having a passive lecture … it doesn’t matter.” See Also: The 5 Most Popular Khan Academy Video Lessons Of All Time He goes on to call the current lecture system as downright “dehumanizing” in this interview.
Near the end, Khan shares how he hopes Khan Academy and similar tools can become “systemically important to the system.” Only time will tell. How To Create An Effective Classroom Website. No doubt you have already have a classroom website or will be required to create one in the very near future. Virtually every classroom teacher around the globe is being caught up in the development of this essential communication tool.
Most of the early birds to this challenge went out and used providers such as Teacher Web. Now, more and more districts are implementing a provider that the entire district will use that provides continuity and uniformity. This obviously will have its benefits for staff development but may stifle creativity. I started about 8 years ago with a variety of services, but about two years ago my district settled on one software host for us all to use. I dove in and decided to embrace the challenge to develop a comprehensive site that would be useful for students, parents, and teachers.
The first thing you will need is a website template. Hosts Once you have your blank canvas it’s time to start building your site from the ground up. Audio Contact Methods Forms. The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms. While flipping the classroom is still one of the hottest trends in education, it’s got nothing on time-saving and downright useful apps and web tools. In an effort to provide a quick look at some of the best web tools for flipped classrooms, I thought it would be useful to poll the @Edudemic Twitter followers .
Including the tweets, I also got at least 40 emails from friends, colleagues, and administrators from around the world. One thing stood out to me: there were a lot of repeats! Many folks who have tried the flipped classroom model or are currently deploying it have leveraged a lot of the same web tools. Below is a simple list designed to help get any educator, administrator, student, or parent a bit more familiar with some of the most popular web tools for flipped classrooms. Wikispaces Using In Flipped Classrooms: Many teachers who wrote into the ol’ Edudemic account say they use Wikispaces to power their classroom blog.
Poll Everywhere Edmodo Screencast Celly Dropbox YouTube Twitter. “Flipped classrooms”: You keep using that word... SmartBlogs. Flipping the Classroom: A revolutionary approach to learning presents some pros and cons. Flipped Learning: A response to 5 Criticisms -What’s Flipped Learning?