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A mighty useful free resource that had up until now escaped my attention. If you are a teacher of any grade looking for an easy to use professional resource site then just head over to the PBS Learning Media website and have a wander through it yourself. Highlights for me include:
- Content by calendar - content by major holidays, observances, important dates, and themes
- Assign lesson and quizzes to students by generating a simple URL to share
- Browse by grade and subject
- Lessons complete with free media spanning multiple subjects for preschool through 12th grade.
- Cost-free K-12 interactive websites, videos, eBooks, images and sound files.
- Curious George videos.
- A digital storyboard that students can also use. I've not tried this as yet.
- Social studies
- English language arts and literacy
I attended a wonderful PD session over the weekend. Explain Everything came recommended for use by teachers and students.
For making flipped classroom videos it seemed a breeze. It doesn't have the interactive quizzes found in PowerPoints Mix, but I can just export the completed movie into that.
For students we were shown some great classroom examples. I'll write up more later. The video below shows the potential.Read more >>>
- The Basics of Making Engaging Flipping Videos (above)
- 8 “Don’ts” for Making Engaging Flipping Videos (below)
- 9 “Dos” for Making Engaging Flipping Videos (below)
The Flipped Learning Network. A professional learning community for educators using flipped learning. This free Professional Learning Community is for sharing best practices. Looking for more information? The not-for-profit Flipped Learning Network™ is the source of information for emerging and established educators at all grade levels and subjects who are employing the flip in a single lesson, an individual class, an entire department, or the whole school.
This site is devoted to teaching educators how to use screencasting and the flipped classroom. FLN's community has over 24,000 members at time of posting.Read more >>>
I have been looking a lot recently at the technical aspects of producing flipped classroom videos. In this post I will share with you some of the videos I made before I read up on such things. These are from The Magic Crayons YouTube channel, or were submitted as part of an assignment.
Below are two videos from myself with different presenting and production techniques.
- Minions Maths mat
- Bento song
From the video: With the teacher at the front and seats in rows, the classroom has barely changed in the last century. But, we now know that there's no "one size fits all" approach to learning -- and the flipped classroom model brings together advances in education and technology to provide a personalized, engaging learning experience for every student -- whatever their learning style, pace, or ability.
I've used this approach a few times in the past without realising it was a recognized technique. In my G2 ELS support class I would assign a phonics song for home work.
The students would know that first thing next lesson we would all be signing the song. I asked them to listen twice, sing along twice, then try with the sound of the video off. If they couldn't manage it they were to practice again.
It worked really well !
Much to my surprise...