I am so excited about flipping my classroom!
I have been lucky enough to attend some pretty amazing workshops this year dealing with flipping. I have been sifting through all of the resources and trying to come up with a game plan for my flip. Here’s what I have so far…
What to flip?
I currently teach many sections of American Government, which is a state tested area…eek! From my research and workshops that I’ve attended, I’ve learned that those who flip their classrooms (for the most part) see increases of 6-8% on their standardized tests. That information was enough to pique my interest! Instead of flipping lectures…which is what I have caught myself trying to do…I plan to take major concepts and convey those to my students in video form. For example, some of the “big ideas” in American government include … basic principles of the Constitution, types and systems of government, structure and function of the three branches of government, and landmark Supreme Court cases. I think by creating “flipped” videos, I can convey this content to my students in concise and effective videos.
What to use?
Since my building will be using Chromebooks next year, I obviously have to use a tool to create my videos that will be compatible with our technology. As I’ve said previously, Screencastify will be the tool I use most often. If I feel like I need to annotate or draw something out for my students (which they seem to get a kick out of!) I’ll most likely use my wonderful Explain Everything app on the iPad. Both Screencastify and Explain Everything have the option to upload videos to YouTube, which is what I’ll need to do. I plan to use either Educanon or EDpuzzle to create activities around my flipped videos. I can also use a Google Form embedded on my webpage to check student understanding!
Check back soon for information about what key components will be included in my flipped videos…I’ll post an example, too!
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