Schools are Starting to Flip!

Using video in the classroom could be beneficial to all if not most students in different ways including but not limited to students learning from videos produced by the teacher and students creating video themselves for a project or activity. Technology is everywhere in schools including in every students hand, pocket, or book bag. Videos could be used to increase their knowledge of the devices they use every day with more beneficial material. I believe that students would be more likely to enjoy and complete school work if it involved a device they barely ever put down. As Mishra and Koehler (2009) stated in Too Cool for School? No Way!, “creative repurposing is important because most technologies that teachers use typically have not been designed for educational purposes.” There are various ways that teachers could use videos to be beneficial to their students which would not take much time to produce. With a little creativity, teachers can transform their classrooms. 

Teachers could create videos to benefit students in different ways. For example, teachers could create videos for their students to watch at home. The idea of the flipped classroom would work perfectly in my math classroom because it would allow me to give more face to face support while the students were in front of me. Some or most of their instruction would be done at home the night before giving them more time to practice, collaborate, and ask questions on material they did not understand while they attend class the next day. This would allow students to work at their own learning pace. Less time would be spent answering questions about homework and not being able to cover material meaning there would be more meaningful work time. In the article Flipping the Script in K12, Finkel (2012) stated that using flipped classrooms “didn’t affect test scores either way but did enable teachers to cover an additional two weeks of material on average.” Being able to cover more material means that students will be moving on to the next level more prepared for what is to come. Another way that students could use videos would be to provide additional resources to help students who were struggling without the need for extra time in school. Another benefit to these videos that is that “Students—including special education students—having difficulty with concepts can pause and rewind the videos to give them extra time.”(Finkel, 2012) Students who are struggling will be able to watch the videos as many times as they want until they feel they have mastered the material. Finally, videos could be given to substitutes to use when you are unable to be in the classroom. Many teachers look at days that the substitutes are in as wasted days of instruction. Teachers could record their instruction for the substitute to play; therefore, the students will not lose instructional time. Teachers could use any of these methods, or some of them, in order to benefit their students.

Videos could also be used and created by students for activity and projects. Being able to produce and edit videos is an important tool for students to use and know how to use properly. Assigning projects for them to present using video and also to create portfolios using video would allow them to learn a new tool that they could use in the future. Just hitting play on a screen in front of their peers might be easier than getting in front of the class and talking to their peers. Many students do not realize that they have the software to be able to create and edit videos containing the memories they capture using the devices they have with they every day. Allowing students to see the potential of their devices for more than just social media and texting will help in the long run.

Below is a video I created for my students to watch on their own about taking notes. I was never an effective note taker until forced in college. I wish someone before this time would have giving me tips and advice on the best way to do it. I created this video to help by students to become better note takers not only in my class, but in any class that requires them to take notes. This could also help them for their future schooling or job that requires then to right down key points. I can refer back to this video when students do not know why they need to take notes or do not know what they need to study for the test. 

Finkel, E. (2012). Flipping the script in K-12. District Administration. Retrieved from http://www.districtadministration.com/article/flipping-script-k12

Koehler, M.J., & Mishra, P. (2009). Too cool for school? No way! Learning and leading with technology.

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