Unit 2: Google Applications to Flip the Classroom


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Introduction- Beginning with the End in Mind: looking forward to your final project

In unit two we are going to begin to build and start to brainstorm our topic and platform for the end product of this course. By the end of this course you will have created a flipped science lesson to compliment a scientific phenomenon activity using Google Classroom compatible applications.

To begin this process, we can start by thinking back to one of the signitificant positive aspects of the flipped classroom: students are about to use classroom time for interactive, explorative, inquiry phenomenon based activities. In 2.1 you will choose an activity that will be the base for your first flipped classroom lesson. You will build your virtual homework lesson around the topic/activity that you choose.

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View the final assignment directions and rubric here:Creating your Flipped Classroom

Unit Objectives

2.1 Students will brainstorm, reflect, and research exploratory labs or experiments that they could incorporate into their face-to-face classroom, and provide a lesson plan for this activity.
2.2 Students will view different Google Compatible resources and Google Classroom tools to use to create online virtual homework assignments as viewed from the student perspective.
2.3 Students will reflect on their science classroom and choose one platform that would best fit their classroom needs.

2.1 Choosing a Science Phenomenon

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Task: Review your own curriculum, or the links provided below to choose an in class activity or topic that you can complete with your class, now that you have the extra time flipping your classroom. Post your chosen lesson plan (can be a link or a pdf) here: Flipped Classroom Lesson Share

Decide to use one of your own lessons or check out these phenomenon and problem based learning activities for all grades and sciences:

2.2 Platform Tryouts

Below you will view a few Google compatible applications to create interactive virtual lessons for your flipped classroom homework. The first set of platforms are used to present your lesson in ways that have students interact with the content. The second section are more discussion based platforms that can be used to present a short lesson and allow students to interact with each other. Take time to view each example from the student perspective to determine how you want your students to view and recieve your lesson in a way that will help them learn your content that fits your classroom.

Lesson Presentations



PearDeck converts Google Slides to interactive lessons that alllow students to draw on slides, respond by text to questions on slides, drag shapes, or multiple choice questions. You can also attach links to external webpages for students to view in presentation mode.

This PearDeck was used for 9th grade Earth Science as the virtual homework before watching the Lorax and playing an interactive game in class. This lesson allows students to individualize their learning by choosing a specific event that they want to learn about.


Tryout PearDeck: Human Impacts on the Environement

This Peardeck allows you to see the different features that are available within PearDeck.


Tryout PearDeck: What is the universe?


  • Large variety of interactive options to add to PearDeck including text, drawing, multiple choice, draggable shapes, website links.
  • PearDeck provides templates for slides.
  • Has the option for student paced or teacher paced version.
  • Allows the teacher to see student work in real time as they are working.
  • Can convert any Google Slides to a lesson.


  • Students can skip through slides, unlike edpuzzle, students can move forward in the slides without answering questions.
  • You cannot include more than one add on per slide. When students explore web pages, they will need to navigate to a different slides to answer a question.
  • Runs off of a free trial, need premium in order to continue using student paced mode.
  • Not as many options in the free version as in NearPod.


NearPod is an interactive lesson presentation that allows students to interact with the content in the presentation through videos, polls, quizzes, collaboration boards,and written questions.


Tryout Nearpod: Parts of Plants and Animals



  • Can prevent students from skipping ahead, and can require responses.
  • Has lots of premade lessons online.
  • NearPod has a cool VR option to allow students to view visuals in 360 view.
  • Has similiar video features to edpuzzle to insert questions into a video.
  • Records student answers for teachers to see in real time after submited.
  • Can convert any Google Slides to a lesson.
  • Student or teacher paced.
  • There are more options in the free version of NearPod than in PearDeck.


  • Creating unique lessons can be time consuming.
  • Some features are free but there is a cost to upgrade.



EdPuzzle is an easy to use platform in which allows the teacher to incorporate questions and notes into any video to send to students for homework. Give Edpuzzle a try from the student perspective.


Tryout EdPuzzle: Newton's Laws of Motion


  • An option can be turned on, on edpuzzle that does not allow students to skip through the video or skip questions. In order for students to be successful with the questions they will need to watch the video.
  • Edpuzzle is very efficient in planning a quick lesson if you are low on time. You can use jut about any video on the internet to create a lesson. There are many videos with questions already in the videos that you can use, or you can create your own.
  • Within the video, you have the option to add multiple choice questions for quick grading, open ended questions to add some critical thinking, or written or audio notes from the teacher to the students.
  • Allows you to cut your video to just the essentials or break up a single video for multiple class days.


  • This platform does limit you to just a video for the students lesson. If you are looking for a more dynamic lesson that has students reading article or searching the web, something like PearDeck would be more appropriate.

Discussion Platforms



Flipgrid allows students to record videos of their responses in discussions. There are a variety of ways for students to edit their videos in creative ways that make creating these discussion videos engaging and fun. There are many multimedia platforms that can be imbedded into a flipgrid.


Tryout Flipgrid: Earth Day Discussion

  • After clicking the link you will need to click on 'Enter Guest Password' and enter 'Flippingtheclassroom'.


  • Multiple ways for students to edit their responses to incorporate enganging and creative discussions in the virtual classroom.
  • There is an available lesson library to browse premade flipgrids.
  • There are mutiple media sources that can be added into a flipgrid discussion including youtube, kahoot, and even nearpod assignments.
  • Teachers can monitor flipgrids before they post.
  • Flipgrid is completely free.


  • Flipgrid can become a disctraction from the main goal of the assignment by the huge variety of ways for students to edit their videos.


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Padlet is a online discussion board that allows the users to create fun and enagaging discussions. The user can include uploaded files, videos, voice recordings, gifs, youtube videos, links, music and more! Teachers have the ability to monitor discussion posts before posting as well as customize the theme and setup of the discussion. The teacher has the ability to choose different templates and formats. Take a look back at Unit one where you posted on one type of padlet format. Below are a few more to try out!


Tryout Padlet: Natural Disasters Map


  • Students can post and commment on each other's posts, with teacher maintenence, on various types of discussion boards.
  • Discussion boards are customizable through background, various icons, themes, discussion board format, and ability to include multimedia resources like videos, links, gifs, and pictures into posts.


  • The free verision is limited to three open padlets at a time.

2.3 Choosing your Platform


In Unit three you will create your virtual lesson to give students the background information they will need to complement your chosen in class activity. Which platform do you feel will reach your students and deliver the information best to your students for this lesson? Complete this Google Forms: Unit 2 Reflection

Navigate this Course

Return to: Unit 1: Flipping the Classroom in the Science Setting

What's Next: Unit 3: Creating your Flipped Science Classroom

References and Resources

Edpuzzle. Make Any Video Your Lesson. (2021). Edpuzzle. https://edpuzzle.com/

Flipgrid. (2021). Flipgrid. https://info.flipgrid.com/

Nearpod: Make every lesson interactive. https://nearpod.com/

Padlet. (2021). Padlet. https://padlet.com/auth/signup?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fpadlet.com%2Fdashboard

Pear Deck. Pear Deck. https://www.peardeck.com/googleslides