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Flipping Your Classroom

What is a Flipped Classroom?

Let's visit Woodland Park, Colorado for a quick explanation of what a flipped classroom looks like


"The flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching methods, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving "homework" into the classroom."

This infograph explains the difference between a traditional classroom and a flipped classroom.


Watch Katie Gimbar explain why she flips her classroom.

"Team teach with yourself" - quote from Kevin Honeycutt. Basically, it means that using multimedia (audio and video) as an instructional tool helps teachers save time in the long run and allows the teacher to focus on individual learning needs and support at the time the student needs it most. 

Differentiation - learn and reinforce concepts at home. Students can pause, start, repeat at their own pace. This creates a less stressful environment for students who struggle with new concepts the first time.
Reteaching Tool -  review missed test questions, reteach concepts in alternate ways; move at the student's pace while you continue to teach others new concepts. Check out this screencast where a teacher narrates over a preexisting presentation to highlight key points.

- use audio or video to record tests and written passages for students with accommodations. Scan any documents to screencast as a visual cue to your voice narration.

Extended Learning Opportunities - have advanced or GT students create peer-screencasts. Giving gifted students the opportunity to explain or demonstrate a concept or problem helps both struggling students AND the GT student as they have to articulate the process in a clear and concise manner.
  • Watch as a student explains Math concepts using VoiceThread. Check out the video comment on the last slide. Global connections!

Using VoiceThread

Persistent Repository - with a little upfront work and over time, the teacher will develop a library of instructional videos that can be used for future students. It will save time in the long run. Start out small and build over time.
You do NOT have to reinvent the wheel... check out this great Writing Process Prezi example- You can take a presentation that is already available in a open source, then add your recorded commentary to create a customized screen cast.

Substitute Saver - Keep your students on track by using instructional videos when you're gone. Sometimes it is much easier to model the lesson rather than just writing it down. 

The Cay Setting Brainstorm

NOTE: This screencast includes 90 seconds of discussion  prior to the display of writing on the Smartboard.

MakeUp Work File - Keep "absent" students abreast of happenings by recording and posting content into a makeup work virtual folder that they miss out on when gone on field trips, sporting events, club activities, and pull out instruction, plus general excessive tardies and absences. Record key lessons or concepts that students must have access to. Also very useful for struggling students who need repetition at their own pace. Can be posted to your online portal or home page for home access or made available only in your classroom. 
  • Watch the student utilizing the screencast during class who was obviously not present when the initial lesson was taught. Have you experienced this situation before? 

More Examples

The first two screencasts below were created as a ppt, but modified at the Smartboard.

4 square model

box method 754 x 8

You can also do handwritten screencasts. They do NOT have to be typed. This is the fastest way to capture any task that you are finding difficult for the students to get.

line method multiplication by hand

If you find a website that you would like your students to refer to often at school or from home, then you can provide an overview of the site that can be filed as a permanent reference tool. 
You can also record yourself reading a book and putting it to scanned images of the book itself.


So you may ask yourself, how do I put these screencasts together in a package that is easily navigable for students &/or staff?

There are many options:
  • Create your own Google page (like the one you are on now) to include directions to your student, assignment attachments, screencasts, and YouTube videos. This is a great way to "package" your lessons together. You can use the free website, Tube Chop, to remove any unwanted content from pre-made material. 
  • You can create a resource wiki space that will allow you to post screencasts, links, assignments, etc. for the students to follow along. This is a great way to provide repeat directions, self-guided assignments, a monitored blog, and the like. See this Library Resource Wiki as a great example by Jennifer Wyatt at ESC3. She provides wonderful library tools for all librarians and ELA teachers to access.
  • If you want a simple way to consolidate your screencasts, just put everything on You Tube. Create playlists like this to organize different content areas. You can have all of your student subscribe to your content and they will receive notifications when you publish something new. You can also give them visibility to other great videos you have found to be useful as great reference tools.

Student Created Screencasts

Rylee's Math Screencasts

Luke's Math Screencasts

Technical Know How

Using SMART Recorder

The following screencasts show you the following steps:
  1. Plug microphone or headset into available USB port on front of computer.
  2. Check status of microphone or headset.

  3. Create a folder on your Y drive to store your created screencasts.
  4. Add Recorder to SMART Toolbar on your desktop.
  5. Start Recorder
  6. Set options to point saved videos to newly created folder from step 3.

  7. Begin with a test recording to make sure everything is working. Playback recording.
  8. Once you successfully test record, begin a new recording.
  9. Once finished, your new recording will be saved to the folder you specified on your Y drive.

  10. Upload your video to YouTube, share and get the link to post to students.

    First, create a YouTube account that connects to your Google Apps account.

    Then upload and link your video.

Using Audacity to Record Audio

Setting up LAME Encoder and Exporting to MP3

Other Screencasting Tools

You can use the following tools for screencasting (both are free for basic tasks). These would be great options if you don't have the SMART Recorder installed on your computer.
  • Jing - downloadable program that runs on your computer (pro version going away soon)
  • Screencast-o-Matic - all web-based. Easy interface
  • - or any trackable URL shortener. Allows you to track a page/site/video so you can see how many page views.
If you have an iPad, there are several nice tools that you can use to screencast:
Read more about all three of these tools.


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