Well…the time has come! Tomorrow, my students will be completing their first flipped video module! I’m nervous and excited 🙂
My students will be viewing Foundations and Formations of Government 1 and will complete the Stoplight Activity as they watch the video. Please feel free to check these activities out and use them in your classroom!
To prevent confusion…I made a copy of my Stoplight Activity and included the name of the video, as well as the link for the video. If you’d like to see/use this activity, please click here.
Since YouTube is blocked in my building, and on my students’ devices (they’ll be able to watch my videos on YouTube as soon as my channel is approved for the “white list”), I’ve had to get creative with how I share my videos.
(Side note…I tried using Nicer Tube-blocked- and Keep Vid-blocked)
I used Screencastify on my Chromebook to create my flipped videos. I LOVE this tool…I think it is very user friendly, and while I can’t actually “annotate” the presentation, I think it works extremely well for flipped video creation. If you’re interested in annotating your flipped videos, please check out Explain Everything. It’s pretty amazing.
I really like that Screencastify has the option to upload to Google Drive or to YouTube. I like the idea of having a YouTube channel for my students to access…even when they’re long gone and in college…if they need help or need to locate information we discussed in class. With that in mind, I’ve uploaded my flipped videos to YouTube, thinking I could somehow get around the YouTube block. No such luck.
I immediately wished I had uploaded my flipped video to Google Drive…I could have easily shared the video with my students via Classroom, Google Drive, or email.
I spent most of my planning time today trying to figure out how to download a YouTube video to Google Drive, only to realize that my YouTube video wasn’t in the correct format to view in Google Drive. ARGH!
I FINALLY figured out how to download my YouTube video into an mp4 file, which can be uploaded to Google Drive and shared with students! Imagine me squealing with glee when I found this…because that’s what happened! Check out the screenshot to see how I did this 🙂 I feel like I should have known this all along, but I didn’t, and now I do!!
After downloading the video from YouTube as an mp4 file, and uploading it to Google Drive, then sharing it via Google Classroom, I was FINALLY able to have my students watch the video. Succcess!!
In addition to all of the well documented perks of using the “flipped classroom” model, another benefit is underemphasized…the impact on TEACHERS!
No, the “flipped classroom” doesn’t require less work, as some believe. Yes, flipped classroom teachers still teach…no teaching and lecturing are not synonymous terms.
Teachers can benefit immensely from the flipped model because it allows us to REFLECT on our teaching..which is what I did after I made my first video. No, its not perfect…and I think my students need that to help them remember that a human is teaching them, not a robot. I did get some incredible feedback from my flipped video that I will use as I continue to make more and more videos for my students.
Whew! I’m long winded today. Check back soon for updates from my flipped classroom!
On another note…Chromebooks are being deployed this week! Yipee!!!
Thanks for reading 🙂