Still not sure what a flipped classroom is? Well trust me you are not alone. One description is the use of technology to help the learning process, in order to provide more one-on-one instruction than a lecture based lesson. Flipping a classroom is one of the best ways to become more active with your students and will provide them the opportunity to revisit instruction as many times as they choose, in order to help them better understand the direction of the lesson.
The most popular platform being used right now are teacher created videos used to support the lesson, allow for extra instruction, or restate the lecture from the class. Teachers and administrators are creating videos using animation, pre-made videos, live action shots, and in many cases screen shots. This last one is what we will focus on right now. I am in the process of creating my own flipped classroom, sorry flipped library/media center, in order to promote some of the applications we have available for use (ex. online databases, eBook library, and Microsoft office tutorials). I want the students, and in some cases faculty and parents to understand what the screens will look when they are conducting a search or creating a project.
One of the best online applications for producing a screen cast is aTube Catcher. This is a freeware, downloadable application that focused on individuals and students for educational, personal, and noncommercial use. How does it work? aTube Catcher is a small web browser, it enters to a Website, interprets the content and when it finds one video instead of download and playback (like all the other web browsers), it just downloads in the directory that you have previously selected after that, it converts your video to the format requested. (“What is aTube Catcher?.” aTube Catcher. Diego Uscanga , n.d. Web. 1 Mar 2013. )
This program is easy to use and provides an easy way to flip your classroom. Installation is simple and if you choose not to use it is easy to uninstall as well. Check it out and see how you might be able to use this great site for your next lesson.