Create a class twitter page that includes announcements, due dates, quizzes, and more
Create a building twitter page for students that includes calendar information, changes, inclement weather forecasts, and and so much more
Use twitter as a Bellringer or opening activity
I had the opportunity to attend a WONDERFUL METC session today about flipping the classroom! Wow! Have you ever been to a workshop that had so much valuable information that your brain was on overload?! This is where I am tonight!
As you have most likely noticed by reading this blog, I am EXTREMELY interested in flipping the classroom, and all of the potential this new teaching method can offer. Many of the questions I had about this topic were answered today, and I left with a huge amount of information that I will attempt to convey to you!
First of all, when you have decided to flip your classroom, you definitely need to explore the options available for screencasting. One of the essential features of a flipped classroom is that the students watch “lecture” videos on their own time and complete “homework” in class under the teacher’s supervision. Many options for screencasting and video creation were mentioned today, but my absolute FAVORITE is still Explain Everything!
Before I get any deeper into flipping resources, let me explain Explain Everything 🙂
- It is an awesome app for your iPad…it’s $2.99. And this is probably the best $2.99 that I’ve spent in a long time, including the money I spend on lattes and clothes, which is saying something!
- It allows you to import pictures and video directly from your iPad, as well as files stored in iTunes, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and other cloud based storage systems
- After importing your document, Explain Everything allows you to…
- record yourself talking
- annotate your screen
- edit your project
- ADD A VIDEO OR PICTURE WITHIN THE SCREEN!
- save your project
Since Edmodo is my Learning Management System (LMS) of choice, I need to upload my video to my Edmodo folders.
The easiest way I’ve found to make this happen is to export my video from Explain Everything to my Vimeo account. Once I’ve named the video, I can click the share feature (looks like a paper airplane) and choose to copy the url or the embed code for the video. I can paste the code in my Edmodo library and share it with my students through their course folders. I can even embed the video on my course Google site! Awesome!
I can do ALL of this from my iPad AND my students can access the video from any device that has Internet access…computer, tablet, smartphone…ANYTHING!
I’ve included some resources below for embedding, screencasting with Explain Everything, and creating and uploading to vimeo!
- a database of resources for a project
- a Webquest for a younger grade
- a website to promote awareness about a local issue
- a website to record information from a research project
- a website that includes classroom news and important dates
- a website to present how they’ve met objectives
Let’s say you’re teaching a unit about Native American civilizations. There is so much information you need to cover with your kids, and you don’t know if you have time to “cover” the content well.