A popular software category for flipped learning is screencasting tools. These allow the teacher to record whatever is on their screen while simultaneously recording their audio, and in come cases, their webcam. Screencasting is an easy entry point for teachers who already utilize slide decks, interactive white boards, or other presentation software. Some teachers simply fire up the screencasting software while teaching live, and by the end of one year, they’ve created a library of instructional content. Others modify existing slide decks to be better suited for flipped instruction. And there are the really ambitious teachers who start designing a lesson from scratch and create new material with flipped learning in mind.
A free easy one that I suggest you start with is Screencast-O-Matic. If you have another one you prefer you can use that as well.
Here is a video on how easy Screencast-O-Matic is to use!
Once your content is created, you need to get it into the hands of students. The most obvious solution is using a service like YouTube. However, many schools block YouTube for a variety of reasons. In cases where video hosting and streaming services are blocked, teachers can upload content directly to their school’s learning management system or website. But regardless of how you distribute content, you must make sure that all students have access to the content.
It’s no secret that not every student has internet access outside of school. In fact, concern about student access to digital content is the number one hesitation about the flipped classroom concept. Although access is a legitimate and important concern that can also be used as an easy out by teachers who aren’t interested in exploring flipped learning, it’s not an insurmountable hurdle. You probably have students with no home internet access. If this is the case for even just one of your students, you must provide access for them.
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