Creating and sharing engaging flipped classes can revolutionize your classroom. Flipped classes allow your students to become familiarized with the content outside of the classroom, allowing them to engage in higher order thinking activities and projects during classtime when the instructor is there to help. Do not assume, however, that students will know how to effectively learn using flipped classes. Take time to show students how to watch flipped classes, including the ability to pause and rewind, taking notes, and asking questions. Office Mix is a great tool which allows instructors to easily introduce content by creating a flipped class. Another great use for Office Mix is to allows your students to create flipped classes. The ability to teach a concept is one of the most powerful forms of learning, however, students are rarely put in a position to teach content. Having students create a flipped class is a great way to have them demonstrate their understanding of the content, while developing a deeper understanding of it.
- [Voiceover] In this video, I want to go over a few suggestions or considerations regarding flipped classes. I've been using them for a while now, and I've learned a lot of things the hard way by failing. I believe the flipped classroom concept can transform education by giving us more time to engage our students in applying the content. Here are some of my suggestions for creating flipped classes. First, make it short, my suggestion is five minutes or less. When I first started doing flipped classes, I was making mine 15 minutes long, I put a ton of time into them, making them creative, fun, engaging, but students didn't like them, they said they were too long, so I started taking the same flipped classes and dividing them up into three five-minute classes.
When I did that, the students loved them. Make it short. Next, make it engaging, make it something that the student can't just turn on and let play as they listen to it, make it something that captures their attention. Be yourself, don't try to copy the personality of someone else, or be someone that you're not, just be yourself and the kids will appreciate it. Provide a way for students to ask questions, this may be giving them your email address, however be careful, when I first started I did that and was overwhelmed by the number of questions that I would receive.
Eventually, we started a forum on a learning management system in which students could post questions, and when they did other students were there right away to answer the questions. It was great. Next, curate your flipped classes. Make sure that students have access to your classes, even after they're over. Students may want to go back and review, or watch one that they liked. Another suggestion is to teach your students how to use a flipped class. When I first started, I made the mistake of assuming that they would know how to learn from a flipped class, they didn't.
First, teach them the importance of watching the video, not just passively listening to the audio, but watching and seeing the visuals that are there, and try to make sense of it. Next, they have the ability to pause and rewind, and make sure they know this. It's one of the benefits of a flipped class, is that during a lecture you can pause and take a break, pause and write something down, you can rewind something if you didn't understand it. Also, have the students take notes. Whether it's writing them on paper, or taking them digitally, I think it's important for students to still process the things that are important enough to write down, and to have those so they can access it at some other point.
Next, teach the students to ask questions, encourage them to, have them send emails, or have them post on forums, but if there's something they don't understand they should ask. Finally, empower your students to create flipped classes. One of the most effective ways to learn and remember something for a long time is to teach it. Oddly enough, in schools it's only the teachers who are teaching most of the time. The flipped class concept allows you to have students use a tool like Office Mix to create a flipped class on the content.
It could be a great assessment to see if they understood everything. The flipped classes, if there's good ones, you could share them with fellow classmates, or to younger students that you could use them to learn. Hopefully, this course encouraged you to try flipped classrooms, and gave you the confidence to create some on your own. Use them in your class, at first have students sit in the class and do a flipped classroom there to make sure they know how to use them, but eventually it becomes an awesome tool that allows the students to understand the concept from watching them outside of class so they can apply the content while they're in your class.
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