THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM (1/2)
Blog Post Agenda:
1. What is the Flipped Classroom?
2. Five Ready-Made Flipped Classroom Resources
a) Khan Academy 🙂
c) Learn Zillion
d) MobyMax 🙂
e) BrainPop and BrainPopJr.
3. Tools to create your own lessons/lectures/tutorials (in my next blog post)
4. End-of-blog-post bonus (Videonot.es) 🙂
1. WHAT IS THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM
I will start by saying that this post is full of awesome resources that have a HUGE POTENTIAL in education and can supplement significantly educators’ attempt to differentiate their instruction and provide students with resources that fit their academic needs and foster personalized learning.
- What do you do when when there is a very wide range of academic skills, knowledge, and abilities in your classroom?
- What do you do if you are a parent of a child who needs more opportunities to learn specific skills or content?
- What do you do if you child is a typical, on-grade level student, but one who has a great curiosity for learning?
- What do you do if you are a parent of a child who learns at an accelerated pace?
- What do you do if your child is a prodigy?
This blog post will try to recommend tools that you could use if you answered YES, I WOULD NEED HELP/RESOURCES to any of these questions. Had I had access to these types of FREE resources like the ones featured in this blog, as a student, I would have been so thrilled and amazed beyond words!
The flipped classroom is an instructional model in which the direct teacher instruction and homework are reversed. In other words, it represents a shift in the classroom approach in terms of delivering the direct instruction/mini lessons/or lectures through various technology tools so that students could listen to them at home, and devote the class time to applying the concepts, discussions, projects, and other activities at the upper end of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
The key element in the flipped classroom is the video lecture which can be shared with students using:
- different already-made videos/lectures/instructional tutorials (resources FEATURED IN THIS BLOG POST) or
- videos/lectures/instructional created by the class teacher (tools FEATURED IN MY NEXT BLOG POST). These recorded lessons can be audio or video (tutorials, podcasts, vodcasts).
The use of technology in the flipped classroom does not replace the teacher but it rather compliments the instruction fostering the time efficient use of face-to-face instruction. Teacher have found ways to compensate the potential lack of technology at home, by burning CDs, by giving out flash drives, or by allowing students to use the computers at school either before or after school.
2. Five Ready-Made Flipped Classroom Resources
a) Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created in 2006 by Salman Khan, a graduate of Harvard Business School. His goal was to provide “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” On Khan Academy there are a ton of lectures on a variety of topics and subjects like math, history, medicine, biology, finance, chemistry, astronomy, economics, civics, art history, and computer science. The greatest variety of lectures on Khan Academy is, at this point, related to mathematics. However, Khan Academy is constantly growing and it is becoming a huge repository of teaching tutorials.
I might go more depth describing this amazing resource in a following blog post just because of its tremendous potential to respond to all learners’ individual needs. However, if you check out this blog post, it will probably be enough for you to get you started on using the Khan Academy with your students and kids. I would just say that it is truly amazingly useful. I would have been so thrilled to have access to something like it when I was a student myself!
I will start by describing the learning dashboard which is a great visual tool that indicates how many and how well you mastered various topics and skills. At this moment, there are 482 boxes symbolizing different aspects related to math skills and concepts, as you can see below. Each time you finish a task, the progress bar updates and as you master specific skills, individual cells darken until they get dark blue.
First, start with a pretest. The pretest is a new feature and maybe one of the most essential features of Khan Academy because it places users on the right track according to their initial knowledge and skill level as opposed to just accessing all the content and being overwhelmed by a vast amount of information and not knowing where to start. You can attempt to answer those questions, or mark “I haven’t learned this yet.” If you answer right to a question, the next questions you’ll cover more advanced concepts in order to accurately assess your skills and knowledge level at that particular moment in time.
According to your knowledge map which illustrates how many topics you master (the darker it is, the better you master those skills), Khan Academy will recommend the best next thing for you/your students. While students progress through the tasks, whenever they encounter difficulties, they can easily watch the lecture that explains the concept and goes with each particular task. Teachers or coaches can also recommend tasks for their students, and prioritize the content to be covered by students. Users can also take Mastery Challenges in order to help them level up their skills (and try to make the learning dashboard be full of dark blue squares). Teachers and users can get progress reports.
Also, Khan Academy plans to cover all Common Core standards by next fall, 2014.
You can watch here a Khan Academy video that talks about Common Core.
b) TedEd (“Lessons Worth Sharing”)
See a screenshot of what it looks like and its features below:
Flip your lesson using a couple of tabs:
-you can edit the title as it relates to your class,
-to change the instructions by editing the Let’s Begin section,
-you can select or deselect specific quiz questions (multiple choice type questions) found in the Quiz section, or the Think section, or you can add your own open ended questions,
-and you can use the resources listed in the Dig Deeper section, or add your own.
Then you can share the unique URL of your edited video with your students. Additionally, using their platform you can flip any video you find online, and even videos created by yourself.
On their website, they mention that TED Talk Lessons are created by TED-Ed using phenomenal TED Talks.
If you want to see a ready-made flipped video sample (4:32) (the video incorporates all features: View Video, Quiz, Think, Dig deeper, and Discuss) check one about English as a lingua franca here.
Learn Zillion is another great resources for flipping your classroom where you search a collection of awesome videos. You can search:
-by grade level
-by subject, then you can narrow it down by topic search, for instance ELA Topic
– by common Core Strand
Other searches criteria: Grammar and Idioms, Phonics, Reading, and Writing.
Also, there is a Common Core Navigator tab as well as a Math courses tab, and an English Language Arts tab to help you refine your search (see screenshot below). Note that this resource is constantly growing.
You may check out the following great video samples (2nd grade) to get an idea regarding how useful this can be for your instruction:
Sample- writing informational text- “Plan an explanatory paragraph using a graphic organizer”
Sample- narrative writing- “Plan a sequence of events for a narrative story using setting and character details”
This site also provides additional resources like quick teacher guides (discussion protocols), anchor texts, notes template, or parent guides.
To help your students quickly access a specific video, you can generate a quick code to share with them. A screen similar to the screenshot below will pop up.
Moby Max is an EXCELLENT, wonderful resource which targets grades K to 8- Math and English Language Arts
It motivates students by awarding badges, by providing games, and contests.
Moby Max claims that this program:
-finds missing skills with placement test
-remediates with targeted practice
-creates individualized learning paths
-monitors progress continually
-retains with systematic review
-reports on common core standards
What do you do when you have to teach kids who have a wide range of skills from very low to extremely advanced? Many teachers consider MobyMax as an incredible useful tool because of its practicality, and mostly because it helps them differentiate their instruction. It helps with differentiation, allowing high flyers to advance as fast as they can, and also allows slower learners to have the extra practice they need towards content and skill mastery.
e) BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.
BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. are not free, but they are very high quality and are being used in the US by about a quarter of the schools. Therefore, many teachers have the opportunity to use these awesome videos to flip their classes.
BrainPOP contains over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12 (ages 6 to 17), together with quizzes, supplemental information and related materials, covering subjects such as science, social studies, English, math, engineering, technology, arts, music, and health.
BrainPOP Jr. was introduced in 2006. It is similar to BrainPOP in subject areas, but the movies are geared towards grades K-3 (age 4-9). Like the regular BrainPOP, the site offers a free “Movie of the Week”, as well as several free movies in different curricular areas.
If you want to check them out, and have an iPad, you can download their free apps BrainPOP Featured Movie (they can see a new video daily—and they are available in Spanish and French, as well–) and BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week. I would highly recommend you downloading these two apps on your iPads for your students or children. They are absolutely amazing! J J
3. Tools to create your own lessons/lectures/tutorials
You can check out these resources in my next blog post.
4. End-of-blog-post bonus
VideoNot.es lets users take notes while watching online lessons. Using the tools mentioned in this blog post, students can easily get a lot of their education, knowledge, and skills online for free. A great tool to help them with this is Videonot.es which is a great note taking tool designed to go with videos.
– all the notes you type are automatically synchronized with the video. Later, just click on a line for the video to jump to the relevant part.
– you can create and manage your VideoNot.es directly via your Google Drive and access them from everywhere
– you can manage your permissions and share your VideoNot.es with your friends, fellow students, or make them private anytime.
You can check how it works here.
Until next time get creative, be inspired, and grow! 🙂
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