When I started my flipped classroom three years ago I ran into a number of snags. If you’re thinking of flipping your classes then here are three mistakes to avoid so your process goes smoother.
What is a Flipped Classroom?
In a traditional classroom, you would see a teacher doing the lecture in class and the students completing practice or extension activities for homework. In a “flipped classroom” this process is reversed. Students watch the lectures for homework through videos leaving more time in the classroom for practice and activities in the classroom where the teacher can offer more support.
So why did I decide to go to a flipped model? I’m sure we all feel like we just never have enough to do all of the things that we want to in our classroom. I definitely felt that way after moving to Middle School. There just was never enough time to get through the curriculum and do all the fun activities that I wanted to do. The flipped classroom model seemed like the perfect way to get some of that time. Instead of doing a 40-minute lecture, the students only had to do a 10-minute lecture – plus they could stop, rewind and pause when they needed to. Students who were absent didn’t miss the lecture because it was online. And it really helped me to not fall behind when we had a crazy winter with many, many snow days!
But like anything worth doing it didn’t come without some hurdles as mentioned in the video. Now you can avoid those!
Software Mentioned in the Video
Techsmith Camtasia – Excellent video creation software! If you’re looking to really take your videos to the next level this software is amazing. BUT if you’re just starting out I don’t recommend purchasing this until you’re totally sold on the flipped model.
Techsmith Screencast – In the video I call this the “TechSmith software.” It is a Camtasia site that hosts your videos with the option to build in quizzes and more, which YouTube can’t do. It also sends you emails when students complete the videos so you can see the students’ answers and the percent of the content watched. If you decide to go with this be sure to get the education subscription pricing. Way cheaper than paying month-to-month!