Why Do I Love To Flip?
Flipped Learning (FL) is something very new to me and I was introduced to this late 2015. Was I a fan of it when I started? No I wasn't, only because I didn't understand the concept and how to go about it.
So when I produced my first FL video back in August 2015 and only had 4 students that were aware of this and watched it, I gave it the flick pretty much straight away. Yes I know, you should never give up and you should always show persistence. But I didn't, I'll admit that and didn't continue until something magical happened.
Late in November of 2015, Andy Hair (@MrHairPhysEd) introduced me to Aussie Physed Chat on Voxer. A flourishing group of passionate educators speaking everyday about what we love to do. So I was hooked! Going along nicely and finished the year off on a positive note which was great! Over the summer break I was in contact with Daniel Zito (Mrdzito) and Sean DeMorton (mr_d_pe) as I noticed they were doing some videos and thought this is cool! Yeap, it was Flipped Learning. Anyways I decided to give this a shot again, as I love learning new and different ways to challenge my students. (Thanks boys - by the way, if you're not following them, follow them!)
But my challenged was to research about FL and why this could work, so I did. I googled, research educators, examples and was beginning to understand why this is powerful. I was also inspired by Joel Speranza (@JoelBSperanza) and Carl Condliffe (@NZPEteacher), as I have tuned into their PD's and professional conversations through Twitter. Brilliant stuff!
I've also had the opportunity to present at FlipLearnCon 2016 - Flipped Learning which was a brilliant experience. Was very fortunate to present with Aimee (@aimeeshack) and Jeremy. Thanks @drew_murph for the mention.
Flipped Learning journey so far......
In 2016 I started at a new school and from term one I brought in FL for my students. I slowly began to educate them the reasons why Miss P will be teaching this way and how the students would learn from this. I couldn't expect all my students to jump on board from the word go, why?
- Students are use to a traditional type of learning and teaching.
- Students may not like changes.
- Students may feel safe in their comfort zone.
- Some Students think P.E is just playing games and not challenging them with different learning and teaching styles.
The list goes on, however it was all about educating them, building a positive relationship and gaining their trust.
I explained to my senior students (started out with them first) what we were doing and they seemed intrigued. All students had access to iPads and all my FL were videos, so students were able to access these. I explained that I wanted students to take charge of the lessons, challenge and question each other. This is an ongoing process, but a process which has been received really well and students have go into a good routine.
How do I upload my FL and where?
I upload onto my YouTube page (Christina Polatajko) and copy the link to my students digital portfolio site, Showbie. Students are then expected to watch and type in questions or responses about our upcoming lesson. Students have a week to complete this (plenty of time).
What tools/apps/programs do I use to create my FL?
- Adobe Spark (Voice) other Adobe products to help produce my videos.
- ScreenCast (Thanks to Jeremy LeCornu - @MrLeCornu) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh0yGSo_NKQ
- YakitKids (Thanks to Nina Jackson @musicmind for this one) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjJUD4Tasrw
- DoInk Green Screen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2LXVb-FrSY
At times I just use one app, however most times I use a mixture of apps to create my FL, which has been very engaging for my students. My videos go for a max 2-3minutes.
What types of Flipped Learning do I produce?
- Flipped Learning
- Flip Clip (short 20second clip, giving students a hint and to begin to think about what we could be learning). For this I use Ditty App, thanks to @ICTEvangelist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3lgx50P9w8
- Flipped Challenge (set my students a physical challenge to complete by our next lesson). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3YhlZXZJvk
- Flipped Reflection (allowing students to reflect with Miss P on personal level and in their own time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs4Yz0D85cA
You may ask, does it take long to create these videos? At the start it does take time to set up and understand how to use the programs and apps. However, you need to try things out and see for yourself. Not like I was back in 2015. You also need to consider will this work out for this year level or class? It won't work all the time, but how can you make it work?
Flipped Learning gives your students a head start with their learning.
Also guess what!? For my high achievers, I set them a task to create their own FL video to share with the class https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzBYbG7SUqY . This was a a trial and I was very impressed. So yes Flipped Learning is very student driven and it is working for me. Have I had trouble with FL? Absolutely, you wouldn't be human if things didn't go wrong. You just get back on the horse and solve the issue.
Flipped Learning isn't for everyone, but for me it works. I can't wait to learn more about it and to continue to give my students the best opportunity to succeed.
I dare you to have a go.
These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.