Are you using the flipped classroom model? Flipped classrooms reverse the typical lecture and homework elements. The idea is that your students watch short video lectures at home before the class session, which leaves the entire in-class time for exercises, projects, or discussions.
The flipped classroom model allows teachers to take a new, more exciting role. Instead of being the lecturer all of the time, teachers are instead able to facilitate more interactive lessons. Plus, flipped classrooms provide a learning experience that is much more in line with students’ lives. Since students are already familiar and comfortable with navigating video and written content on the web (instead of reading a book), flipping your classroom can help encourage more engagement during your lesson!
Check out these tiles to help you get started with flipping your class. Add any of these tiles to your webmix by clicking on the link or the tile.
Screen-O-Matic: Screencasting helps you to make your own videos for your students to watch at home. When you’re ready to give screen casting a try, Screencast-O-Matic is a great option to start with. It works with both the Mac and the PC, and requires no installation. You can record and host 15 minute clips for free, and create unlimited clips if you have the Pro version, available for just $15 a year.
TenMarks: Practicing skills at home can be difficult without a teacher there to help. With TenMarks, students of every grade level can practice their math skills in its adaptive K–12 math platform. TenMarks helps to hone in on students’ areas for growth with lots of potential to empower. It is free with limited functionalities, and has an option to upgrade for premium features.
PowToon: If you want to step up your video skills, PowToon makes educational lessons way more awesome. PowToon is designed to allow education professionals (and students) to create content that is fun to make, fun to watch – and gets your class hooked on learning. There are two pricing plans available for people who want to get the most out of PowToon, but there is also a free plan with limited features.
HippoCampus: Video lectures are a main component of flipped classrooms. HippoCampus is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. Users do not need to register or log in to use the site.
Edmodo: Edmodo is a beloved application in the K-12 world for teachers who are looking to build a communication hub for their students. Edmodo operates like Facebook, except it is much safer and easier for educators to connect and collaborate with students, parents, and each other. Best of all, Edmodo is free!