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Finding resources

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Now that we know what the flipped classroom is and how to restructure our class time and homework, the next question to ask is where can I find resources that my students can use prior to class? There are several ways to approach finding resources. The most common way is to use online videos. There's a variety of free things out there that we as educators can just spend our time searching, reviewing and picking a tool that's going to work for our students. YouTube, Khan Academy, BrainPop. All of these video services allow us to simply tell our students the link or video name, and trust that they can go home and access them.

Finding resources

Now that we know what the flipped classroom is and how to restructure our class time and homework, the next question to ask is where can I find resources that my students can use prior to class? There are several ways to approach finding resources. The most common way is to use online videos. There's a variety of free things out there that we as educators can just spend our time searching, reviewing and picking a tool that's going to work for our students. YouTube, Khan Academy, BrainPop. All of these video services allow us to simply tell our students the link or video name, and trust that they can go home and access them.

All of these online video services such as Youtube and Khan Academy, allow students to simply go home, look at the video we've assigned, and watch it. If your district has access to a paid service, such as BrainPop That's another great way to keep students engaged outside of the classroom. It doesn't just have to be online videos though. Any online content, or honestly any content at home that students can use to gain the knowledge, will be appropriate. I love Learner.org because they have online interactive modules that students can work through. Webpage content analysis is another great way to get students thinking and engaging with content outside of the classroom.

I'll literally assign a webpage or two and ask students to go home, to review the webpage, to analyze the content, and maybe even ask students to analyze conflicting ideologies between various webpages. You can also upload PowerPoints and send home notes. This way, students can go to your blog, download your PowerPoint presentation, and work through the content at their own pace. If you're unable to find an already-created online resource, the next step would be to create your own content. This is actually easier than you think. There are several ways to do this. The most popular way is to do a screencast.

What you're watching right now is a screencast. There's some software available, Jing being one of them that's absolutely free that will allow you to quickly create screencasts. Screencasts will capture any action that takes place on your monitor as well as your voice. Quicktime's another one that's free for all Mac users and Camtasia costs money but gives you a lot of control as an educator, even the ability to embed a quiz in the end of your screencast. Once you create a Screencast, you can use a free service such as Screencast.com or YouTube to upload your video to the internet.

And make it available for students. Using a blog is another great way to keep students up to date on what content you'd like and have them access it outside of the classroom. if you don't have a blog as a teacher then a few places to check out are Wordpress.com and edublogs.org. These are both places that you can quickly establish a free blog and start adding content to it so your students can access that content outside of class. Podcasts are a more simplified way to get information to your students. These are typically just audio. And you can record the audio on anything. Even most cell phones today have the ability to record audio.

You can then upload the podcast to something that has an RSS feed, such as your blog or podcast service. Once you have the podcast in the feed, you can then submit that feed to the iTunes library. This is a really hand thing for our students, because so many of our students have iPods, iPhones or iPads. Once your podcast is in the iTunes library, students can quickly download that information to their device and they have instant learning on the go. Right now, I'm going to quickly show you one place that's a great starting point for finding online content. Youtube actually has its own educational channel, which can be found at youtube.com/education.

Here, there's a variety of videos that are actually categorized by content area. For example, if I scroll down, I can see if there's Primary and Secondary Education, University, Lifetime Learning, there's even videos for Science and Engineering, Social Studies, the Social Sciences, Humanities, History, Mathematics, Business, Arts. Law, Education, Medicine, and even Languages. Typically, when I'm trying to find a video for class, this is the first place that I check. I just pop on to the Youtube Education Channel, and quickly search in the top bar to see if any keywords from the content I'm teaching them come up.

I recommend reviewing all videos to make sure they're appropriate for your class, as well as teaching the content that you want to teach. Often you'll find a variety of videos for your particular subject and so you'll have to take the time to move through the videos to figure out which one's going to be best for your students.

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Is this course right for me?
      51s
  3. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  6. 10m 2s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 44s
  7. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
    3. Communication
      3m 54s
  8. 6m 27s
    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
  9. 12m 50s
    1. Blogging fundamentals
      12m 50s
  10. 14m 40s
    1. Getting started with Schoology
      6m 46s
    2. Integrating Google Apps
      7m 54s
  11. 11m 59s
    1. Understanding online file syncing
      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  12. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  14. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  15. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
  16. 18m 8s
    1. Create a quick class website
      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  18. 10m 14s
    1. Mind mapping for students
      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
    1. Creating online interactive discussions
      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
    1. Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange
      4m 19s
  21. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  22. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
  23. 10m 52s
    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  24. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  25. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  26. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  27. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  28. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  29. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  30. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  31. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  32. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  33. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  34. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  35. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  36. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  37. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  38. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  39. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  40. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  41. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s

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