Everyone is flipping out, but in a good way. The Flipped Classroom has become the latest craze in education and I for one am a huge fan. Now educators and focus more on practicing the materials taught and more guided research instead of spending entire class periods lecturing. Students love it too! Homework is no longer just read from the book, answer the questions or fill in the worksheet; now they watch a video answer questions or be prepared to discuss the next class period.
Science and Math classes are especially enjoying this model because it allows the teacher to show how to solve a problem or run an experiment and the student can view it as many times as needed until they understand the concept. Language Arts teachers love this too, because they can show how a book influences the movie version or show an interview with the author on why they choose this style of writing. History teachers, how great would it be to show video of the actual debate between Nixon and Kennedy?
But I am getting overly excited again (like I said I am a fan). My fellow educators have been asking me how to create this videos. I spoke once before about aTubecatcher, but I feel I need to mention a few others so that you don’t have to wait for post after post to learn about them. So here are some of the ones that I highly recommend for flipping your classroom. Most require you to download the program, but Quicktime for Mac based products should already be available to you and is easy to use. Remember once you create you video or screen shot you need to save/upload it somewhere. My school created a Wikispace, while other educators choose to use YouTube, SchoolTube, TeacherTube or the blog of their choice.
Have fun! Now go flip out!