UNIT 2: What tools are available for Flipping?

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Types of learning tools

1 )Learning Management Software (LMS)

2) Video and Audio recording devices/services

3) Blogs

4) Screen Capture Software

5) Online Video and Audio

Learning Management Systems

LMS often come in the shape of websites that allow you to share, grade, assign homework, and build communities. An LMS is like Facebook for your classroom. Using an LMS, you create a class and add your roster to that class. From there, students can then login to the LMS and access posted homework, due dates, cheat sheets, review sessions, links to videos, audio recording of class discussion, etc. Students can even reach out to each other and form study groups, or work on the same paper from different locations.

Here are two very popular (and Free) Learning Management Systems:

1) Edmodo

2) NEO

Videos of Each:

Edmodo Video Neo Video

Where to sign up:



Recording Devices, accessories and Services

These are the tools that allow you to record and share your video/audio. They brake down into three types: Devices, accessories and Services. Devices are usually computers, iPads, smart phones, etc. Accessories cameras, microphones, lights, cables, etc. Examples of services are youtube, iTunes Podcast Store, filesharing services. The most complicated because they vary so much in use and application. For example, devices range from desktop computers with tons of accessories (mice, cameras, etc) to a simple iPad. Both can record audio/video, but one is obviously more accessible than the other (hint: It's the iPad!).

Here are a few devices that come to mind:

1) iPod Touch

2) iPad

3) Smart Phone

4) Flip Cam

5) Sony Bloggie

6) USB Microphones

7) Laptop Computer

Examples 1-3 are the simplest to use because they come combine services, accessories, and devices all in one. For example, you can use the iPhone camera to record a video, the iPhone itself to edit your video, and the iOS Youtube app to share the video with your class. Brillient. Items 4-7 work in tandem with each other. For example, you can use a FlipCam to record a video, then upload that video to Youtube using your laptop. This method is still very streamlined, just not as simple as using an iPhone instead.


The word Blog stands for Web Log, and they are a great way to deliver information to students while away from the classroom. Through the use of a Blogs, students can receive lectures while at home (via video, audio, or written word). Because blogs class lectures are received at home, blogs are an instrumental part of the Flipped Classroom. Delivering lectures at home allow teachers to dedicate their class time to classwork and homework. Thus allowing for more direct learning during class.

Here are a few Blog services that can be used free of charge:

Blog.com It’s free to start a blog here, and you’ll be able to choose from several gorgeous themes. You can also upgrade to their premium package and receive your own domain name.

Blogger.com Perhaps one of the most well-known platforms, Blogger is backed by Google, so it’s trustworthy and reliable. It’s incredibly simple to start using Blogger as the site takes you step-by-step through creating your site. There are a lot of customization options and you can purchase templates through outside website as well.

Squarespace.com Defintiely the most creative, modern and professional of the 10 platforms, SquareSpace is the only pricey option but will surely deliver the best results. Amazing for photographers, store owners, bloggers, musicians and business owners, this platform features tons of templates that will keep your blog looking polished and professional.

Tumblr.com Tumblr is easily the best of the 10 platforms when it comes to visuals. Images, videos, music—it’s all really easy to display on your tumblr profile. And, there are tons of creative ways that you can showcase them. People can also “reblog” your posts leaving you with more followers and a larger fan base.

WordPress.com Another hugely popular platform, WordPress is super-flexible for anyone whether you’re a blogger who writes or a photographer who wants to show their portfolio. You can also upgrade and get your own domain name. Like Tumblr, other WordPress users can like, see, and reblog your posts leaving you with the potential for more followers and readers.

Screen-Capture software

When providing written instructions on how to perform general computing tasks, it's safe to say that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's true, you might agree that video tutorials are priceless! Screen-capture software allows you to make a video recording of whatever is one your computer's screen. This means that you can show, rather than tell, how to perform tasks on the computer. This, combined with video sharing services like youtube, allows you to deliver very detailed instruction while taking advantage of distance learning.

Here are some examples of free video capture software:

Quicktime X (Mac only)

Quicktime X for Mac OSX comes built-in with every Mac. It allows for simple editing (mainly trimming), and can record audio commentary while simultaneously recording what's on your screen. Saving your video is easy, just click File->Save once you're done recording, and your video will be saved onto your Mac's Hard Drive. From there, your video can be upload to services like youtube, where it can shared with others on the web.


Jing is a free Video Capture tool is similar in function to Quicktime X, but differs greatly in terms of flexibility. Jing is available for Mac and PC, and allows users to record screen captures for free. However, unlike Quicktime X, Jing records files in the .SWF format. Meaning that you will not be able to upload your video to popular video sharing sites like youtube or dropbox. Instead, Jing requires that you use TechSmith's own video service, ScreenCast. Though Screencast.com allows you to create a free Screencast account, it is limited to 2GB of storage, and will only allow you to share videos created with Jing (also made by TechSmith). In the end, Jing is the best free solution available to PC users, and might be worth the trouble of signing up for a ScreenCast.com account.

Ways to share Files, Video and Audio

By far the most effective way to flip the classroom is by sharing content online. These online services allow you to share your class notes, recorded videos, and audio lectures with your students. You can share your syllabus, powerpoint presentations, class lectures, diagrams, or anything else that aids in the presentation of your lessons. Below are a few services offered for free, online. As always, be sure to respect copyrighted content, and read user agreements whenever posting/sharing content online.

Wikisend.com Wikisend is, by far, the simplest file sharing service currently available. There is no need to create an account, or sign up for anything. Simply upload your file, and share your link with your students (via email, blog, class LMS, etc.). The size limit is 100MB, so you should be able to share most of what you'd need.

Dropbox.com Dropbox is a versatile file sharing service available online, as well as on most mobile platforms (iOS, Android). Users can store files in their "Dropbox", and access them from any browser, anytime. Files can be uploaded using your computer, smartphone or tablet, and they can also be shared via Dropbox's Public Folder. After creating a Dropbox account, files dropped onto the "Public" folder can be shared with students, colleagues and parents. Sharing a files from the Public folder is as easy as right-clicking the file to obtain a public link. You can then share this link via email, blog, or class LMS.

Youtube.com We all know youtube as the website with the funniest cat videos, but it can also be a useful delivery tool for lesson-delivery and pedagogy. After creating a youtube account, you can upload videos to your account. These videos can be uploaded from your computer, smartphone or tablet, and can be shared publicly or privately. Better still, you can use your smartphone to record a video and then share it using your phone's Youtube App. All this can be done directly from your, without the need for additional devices (using Wi-Fi will avoid any additional Data charges from your wireless carrier).

VideoSprout.com Video sprout is an alternative to youtube. It is geared towards corporate customers who wish to distance themselves from the gritty nature of youtube videos (you won't find any cat videos on videosprout). Still, video sprout is free, easy, and worth a try!

ScreenCast.com This video sharing service is necessary for those looking to share videos created using Jing. If you use Jing as your screen capture software, ScreenCast.com is the easiest way to share your videos on the web.

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