I’m flipping! My classroom that is…. I’d been thinking about it for a while and then because of personal reasons it became a necessity. What is flipped instruction, you ask? According to Wikipedia, Flip teaching or a flipped classroom is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teachers offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing. Now because about 80% of our students don’t have access to technology, I will be doing what has been called the “In Class Flip”. Learn more about it here.
In my classroom, students rotate through stations that focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and writing. The focus concept will be a video that is a station and I’ll be a station as well. Transforming my classroom in this manner really helped me to spend quality time with my students through small groups. I can’t wait to start out the school year this way.
Once I realized that I would be spending a huge chunk of time away from my classroom, I decided that students would have to continue to receive core instruction even though I wouldn’t be there. I had all of my flipcharts ready to go, but how could I get that information to them in a way that would keep them engaged and focused. Enter Edpuzzle!
Edpuzzle allows you to take just about any video (from on the internet of self-created), edit it down to the portions you want, add audio notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor individual student work. And it’s all FREE!
Through Edpuzzle, I can add checking for understanding questions for my students throughout the video that will self grade. Win/Win! It can be embedded through Edmodo, and students can log in through their Google or Edmodo accounts!
Here is a screenshot of the data I am able to get of what students are doing. This allows me to streamline my lessons and form small groups for instruction.
Did I mention that students can’t skip ahead in the video? Another WIN!
So if you’re interested in flipping or blended instruction – or just want to find another way to keep students engaged in learning…try Edpuzzle. I’m sure you’ll love it! 🙂
Until the next time,