Why are there so many conflicting messages when it comes to the flipped classroom? Well, being a flexible pedagogy, the flipped classroom can and should be adapted and moulded to meet individual classroom needs. Got a student who doesn’t have access to the Internet? Try putting video onto a USB drive. Don’t have enough in the budget for Camtasia? Try Screencast-O-Matic. The options really are endless. It’s all about finding the model and tools that work best for you.
It’s easy to get caught up in the notion that the Flipped Classroom is simply replacing face-to-face lectures with recorded video. In the short clip, Jon and Aaron explain that while video does form a large component of the pedagogy it does not necessarily have to dominate.
When a lot of people think about flipped classrooms, they start thinking about videos, lots and lots of videos. And video has a technological component to it, and a lot of people then think that the flipped classroom is a technological solution. Well, we think a flipped classroom is a pedagogical solution with a technological component, a very large technological component.
There are also more many more interesting ways to record your lecture material outside of simple screencasting.
I know a teacher, he hands the phone to a student and says, “Can you help me make a video after class?” And they shoot the video of him standing at the chalkboard and then he posts the video online. And if you choose a student who’s struggling, that student is going to get it twice. They’re going to see you when they’re there live with you and then they can go back and view that video content again.
Depending on your own particular situation, school, budget and students, the right tools for your flipped classroom are the ones that suit you the best.
So with all these tools for creation and sharing of the videos, we’re often asked, which is the best tool or tools that you should use? Ultimately, it depends upon you. What technology are you comfortable with, what do you actually have? That’s the tool that’s going to be best for you.
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