What is the flipped classroom? Imagine, if you will, a learning space where homework is cleverly disguised as teacher-created videos and self-paced lessons, while classwork consists of collaboration among students, and being able to guide students one-on-one. Teachers across the country have been “flipping” their classroom instruction and transforming the role of the teacher and the learner.
Teq is now offering Just Flip It: Creating the Flipped Classroom Learning Experience. This course will provide you with the strategies and resources to get you started creating a flipped environment in your classroom. Together we will cover how to use collaborative websites like Edmodo and TodaysMeet, and tools like Google Docs. We will also review how SMART Notebook and screen recording software can allow students to review lessons at home, at their own pace.
There are some great resources online for creating videos and lesson screen captures to flip your classroom. TechSmith has several tools (and tutorials), like Jing (a free tool), that you can use to to record lessons, ensuring that students — whether you are flipping your classroom, or they are simply absent — do not miss important content. Jing allows you to record any action you perform on your computer, recording your voice via your computer’s microphone. You can upload videos to Screencast for students to view later. Screencast provides a link to each video that can be shared over a school’s teacher portal or an Edmodo group.
With Jing you can also take snap-shots of anything on your computer, including applications and the web pages. Jing produces a Flash video file (.flv), which can be inserted into a SMART Notebook page for offline viewing. Jing is a desktop application that needs to be downloaded and installed locally on your computer.