FAQs

As I became more proficient at blending instruction via flipping my instruction, I shared my experiences with colleagues.  I got a lot of questions.  Here are some of them with my answers.

1. How do I get students to watch the videos at home?

Most students care about getting good grades.  Even the ones who don't seem to care actually care very much.  So tie the video to a grade.  I usually embed a video into a Google Form followed by no more than 5 questions based on the info in the video.  You can also use websites like EdPuzzle or EdCannon to embed videos and questions.

2.What do I do during class if my lectures are viewed at home?

The class after the video lesson is the most important part of flipped instruction!  During class use the information to explore a topic even further.  Students watch a video with questions and then worked in groups to apply that content to an activity.

4. How can I find or make videos? What resources are available?
If you have a fairly updated computer you can make videos, screen casts and podcasts for free!  For Mac users there's QuickTime that comes with every apple computer.  For PC users there's Screen-Cast-Omatic.  Completely for free! If you're on a Chromebook as I am you can use Screencastify.  There's an extension and an option to upgrade for cost.

5. What if students don't have internet access or a device?
If students don't have access to the internet or a device there are a few actions you can take.  First if you can burn the video to a CD that's a fine option.  If your school has computers you can schedule access to them and do an in-class flip.  This is a great way to diversify your instruction as well.  Local tech businesses are always looking to donate hardware or software to schools for free or a reduced cost so look into contacting one in your community.

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