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Flip Instruction using Video Podcasts

January 22, 2013

Flip teaching (or flipped classroom) is a form of blended learning which encompasses any use of technology to leverage the learning in a classroom, so a teacher can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. This is most commonly being done using teacher-created videos that students view outside of class time. (“Flip Teaching.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 01 May 2013. Web. 22 Jan. 2013.)

Several teachers are currently using this type of instructional strategy in different ways.  The videos teach the students the concepts prompting the students to think with answers to open ended questions or applying what they learned with some problems.  Whether the teacher chooses to use these videos as homework assistance, direct instruction, or remediation for anytime learning, the videos are there when students may need to learn a topic more thoroughly.

The videos can be distributed to the students in many ways, be it by a YouTube channel, a flash drive, a My Big Campus Bundle, a Moodle page, or by the most streamlined way using the corporations Mac OS X wiki server.  Here’s how it works:

  1. a teacher uploads a video to the wiki server
  2. the student subscribes to the teacher’s wiki only once
  3. as long as the student has iTunes open on the school’s network anytime during the day, the video is automatically downloaded into iTunes
  4. student does NOT have to have Internet at home to watch the video podcast – it is in iTunes on the hard drive of the computer

Below is an example of a math podcast.  All teacher podcasts can be accessed through our PCSC Wiki Server.

Written by Janice Curtis, Technology Curriculum Director.  The Flip model was initiated after a competitive grant from the Department of Education was awarded in 2011.  A follow-up Classroom Innovation Grant was also awarded in 2012 where a blended learning model was piloted at the high school using the flip strategy as its guide.

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