4 Educational Technology Ideas To Flip A Classroom

November 08, 2015
CJ Cannizzaro
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Educational Technology – 4 Ways To Flip A Classroom

Your classroom that is…flipped classrooms are becoming quite popular in technology enhanced learning environments. So what exactly is a flipped classroom?

Teachers…have you ever delivered a lesson to your class and had most (if not all) of them look at you with a blank stare! Then you ask if there is anyone who has a question and no one raises a hand? You really thought they “got it” until you see the homework the next day.

Parents… have you ever had your child bring a homework assignment to the kitchen table and not be able to explain why they need help?

As a former 3rd grade teacher I can relate — it happened to me with a math lesson on “working backwards” — a rather tough concept for third graders. This is where the concept of flipped classrooms can become quite useful for engaging students in a new paradigm for learning in a blended learning environment.

Characteristics of The Flipped Classroom:

  • Short videos are viewed by students at home prior to the class session
  • Videos may be accompanied by a quiz or activity
  • In-class time is devoted to review, practice exercises, projects or discussion

 

Advantages of the Flipped Classroom:

  • Students are more actively engaged in the learning process inside and outside the classroom when educational technology is involved
  • Teachers have the opportunity to more effectively use class time for one-on-one assistance
  • Parents can watch the videos with their children and provide better support
  • Class time devoted to the application of concepts enables teachers to detect and correct errors in thinking

There are numerous resources geared toward the successful implementation of the flipped classroom model. While it does require careful planning, the results will be well worth the effort! One of the most important elements is the use of technology (hardware and software) for the creation of content-specific video lessons.

Top Educational Technology Tools for Blending Learning in the Flipped Classroom

  1. Screencasting Software – allows the teacher the opportunity to record what is on the computer screen and record audio at the same time. If you are using slideshows or whiteboards for presentations using a screencasting program will enable you to capture the lesson in real time. A few of the popular programs are Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic, and SnagIt.
  2. Tablet Software – with the growing popularity of tablets in the classroom, there are a couple of great apps for video creation on a tablet — check out Knowmia and Explain Everything.
  3. Document Cameras – many teachers already use a document camera in the classroom (connected to a projection system). By using a USB cable you can project the image onto a computer screen and record it using one of the screencasting apps.
  4. Video Cameras – yes, you can very simply record your lessons using a video camera — standard tripod mounted — or record video with your Smartphone or tablet.

Not ready to create your own video content? There are a couple of great web resources with videos for almost anything! Khan Academy offers over 2400 free videos from arithmetic to physics, and finance. Virtual Nerd boasts over 1,500 video lessons covering Middle Grades Math through Algebra 2.  Registration is free with an email address.

Educational technology is used in the flipped classroom in different ways. I encourage you to try  blended learning and flip your classroom!

CJ is a certified professional educator with a MS in Instructional Technology. With over 25 years in education she is a consultant  to educational textbook publishers, school districts and corporations. As a professional development and training specialist  she was a major contributor to the CPALMS project, as well as a designer and facilitator for the Florida PROMiSE Grant Initiative.  She has written professional development courses to integrate technology in the classroom and collaborated with school districts  on Common Core for Math grades K-8. Originally a NJ native, she now resides in Florida where she continues to share her teaching strategies and educational technology ideas.
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