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If you have a flipped classroom, then the School 4 One application can be a quick way to create lessons for your flipped classroom. Here, from my homepage, I'm going to simply click on Recordings, at the bottom of the screen. To create a new recording, I'll click the plus sign in the upper left hand corner. Now getting started, I can either choose a blank background and then record my voice, annotations, images and even web pages directly on top of that blank background. Or I can start with any file that I like. For example if I have a worksheet, and I want to help walk students through the first problem on the worksheet, I can upload the worksheet, start a recording where I'm going to annotate drawing as well as my voice on top of it.
And then send that as a digital file out with a particular lesson. In this lesson, we'll be creating a flipped classroom lesson on nutrition energy flows. I'm going to get started by selecting a file from my Dropbox account. I'll navigate to the PowerPoint presentation that I'd like to use for this particular lesson. And when I select that PowerPoint presentation School 4 One is going to automatically convert it into their own file format. In the iPad, the PowerPoint presentation has now been loaded in. At this point, using the navigation arrows at the top of the screen, I can actually flip through the various slides for this particular PowerPoint presentation.
When I'm ready to start annotating, all I have to do is hit the red record button at the top of the screen. While I'm recording, not only is everything that I'm saying being recorded into the video format, I also have the opportunity to select pens in various sizes and colors, to annotate directly on top of the text. For example, because it's a blue background, I'll select this red pen. I now have the opportunity to make changes to the slide, and that will be recorded along with everything that I am saying. You can also select a highlighter so you can highlight and draw emphasis to various parts of the slide presentation as well. There is a laser pointer feature as well, that allows you to add a laser pointer to draw attention to various parts of the slide during your presentation.
I can even choose to import images straight from my iPad or from the web. I can add preformatted text with a variety of font styles, sizes, and even colors. And I can also import custom shapes to help enhance my presentation. When I'm done recording, all I have to do is hit the Record button again to stop the recording, and then click Save to save this as a digital presentation to my School 4 One account. When I'm ready to use this digital presentation, all I have to do is go back and select the appropriate class where I'm going to use it. I can create a new lesson plan. And then when I click the plus sign next to Attach Files and Voice Slides, under the Files section, you can see Recordings.
There's the recording that we just created. I can now attach it to this lesson plan and send it out to my students. This is a fast way to take your already created lessons, record them on your iPad, turn them into a flipped classroom lesson, and have students watch it at home. This will free up valuable class time for you to help all of your students to reach mastery, and for project based learning or even exploratory learning. I hope you enjoy using the School 4 One application, and that it can be a great tool for both you and your students.
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