UNIT 4: Create your own Flipped Lesson Plan

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Ok, we now know a little bit about the flipped classroom. Lets take a look at some examples of how other teachers are flipping the classroom, and then create a Flipped lesson plan ourselves.

Take a few minutes to watch the youtube video below. It shows a few examples of the flipped classroom ranging from simple to outrageous. It all depends on how deep you choose to delve, and how much time you feel you need to spend. As you’ll see, even the simpler videos are very effective at getting the point across.

After you watch the video, read through the short explanations below. They will give you an idea of what it would take to produce similar videos yourself.

Ok, without further ado, here we go:


Explanation of each Video:

In the first video, Coach O’Neil uses a Mac and Smart Notebook software to explain Algebraic Linear Equations. He was able to capture his video using Jing, and share it via ScreenCast.

In the second example, Dr. Anderson uses his iPhone’s camera and iMovie app to create this video of chemical mixtures. Since iMovie in iOS allows for direct uploads to Youtube, Dr. Anderson was able to film, edit and publish his video using only his iPhone.

In the third example, Coach Hanhstadt explains the tenets of the Blind Relay using the grand-daddy of all Flipped Classroom software: Camtasia. Camtasia is amazing, it’s wonderful, and it’s expensive ($300, gasp!). Camtasia allows for screen-capture and film capture to happen simultaneously. Wow, that’s crazy! You can record yourself speaking via your laptop’s camera, while recording what’s on your screen, at the same time. Wow… Not only that, but it has neat editing features like adding text, shapes, the glowing mouse, and music ducking and voiceover. Simply fantastic! Click here to learn more about Camtasia.

Now it’s time for Mr. Mara. Don’t we wish we were all as talented! Mr. Mara is tall, young, handsome, can sing, dance, has good hygiene, and also is charismatic enough to get all school lady-teachers involved in his video. More than that, he’s tech-savvy enough get have some serious video editing skills. Mr. Mara used some heavy duty video editing software to edit his dance moves. Some examples of which are iMovie and Final Cut for Mac, as well as Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro for Mac/PC. Well done, sir. Well done.

The last video shows that we need not all be artistically inclined in order to be teachers. And that, sometimes, our students turn out to be the more effective instructors. This was a super simple video shot with a Flip Cam, and then shared to Youtube using a PC/Mac.

Brining it all together

Now it's time to demonstrate how one can bring it all together. Mrs. Munafo uses a very simple and effective work. She records her videos using her iPhone on a tripod. She demonstrate the lesson using a series of pre-prepared whiteboards which she places in front of the camera as she explains the lesson. Ms. Munafo does it all in one take, and never uses voice overs or banners. This means that her videos don't require any editing, so there is no need to use her computer to share her videos. She uses her iPhone's camera app to upload her videos to Youtube, and then posts those videos on her Blog. Using Weebly, Ms. Munafo is able to combine her online videos with a written record for students to review (after all, some students do learn better by reading). By doing so, Ms. Munafo has given her students a simple way to keep track of what's going on in class, find out what's due next, and review previous lessons. Moreover, parents can also visit her Blog page, and be able to actively participate in their children's math lessons. All in all, Ms. Munafo has done a great job at keeping it simple while being highly effective.

Click to see Ms. Munafo in action!

Check out Ms. Munafo's Blog on Weeble

Now it's your turn

Using what you've learned in this mini-course, you are now tasked with creating your very own flipped lesson. You are welcome to keep it simple, and concise. The idea is to convey your message as well as you can, with the tools you have available. Most of all, your success should be repeatable. This means that you should choose tools that you are comfortable with, and that you always have access to. It's also important that you are able to work efficiently, as you might be posting several flipped lessons through the course of the week. I like Mrs, Mufano's lessons because they are easily reproduced, and have very short production times. She writes her lesson plan, fills out her boards, practices her lecture, and records. Follow the steps below to flip your own lessons.

1) Write a lesson plan involving a lecture/demonstration portion and a classwork/activity portion.

2) Record the lecture-portion by using one of the many tools outlined in Unit II. One popular method is to record by setting a smartphone on a tripod (see here), and using your phone to upload to youtube. Conversely, you can record a screen-capture using Jing, and then share using a ScreenCast weblink.

3) Create your own blog or LMS account. Sign up for any of the many blogging sites or Online Learning Management Systems listed in Unit II

4) Login to your blog/LMS and write your first post. This will be the at-home portion of your lesson. Post all student goals and learning objectives for this portion of your lesson. Be sure to include, in writing, the items that students will be responsible for submitting during class (taking notes, answering questions, etc).

5) Post your video recording onto your newly created Blog/LMS post. Most blogs allow you to embed youtube videos, so students can watch your shared videos right from your Blog site. If using Jing, you can simply post the share-link provided to you by your ScreenCast account. Your students can simply click the link, and watch the video

6) Now share with your students! Let them know what you've got planned, and how they to access the online portion of their lesson. Let them know what they'll be responsible for while at home, and set expectations about the types of activities in which you'll involve them during their next class.

Congratulations, you've just flipped your classroom!

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