My thanks to Heather for letting me post this email that she sent to the foreign language group that’s going to be flipping some lessons and the end of the month.

In order for us to get the most out of the day, there are a few things to consider in advance — 1) which device do you want to use to create these lessons — the laptop or iPads?  2) what types of lessons are you interested in flipping?  This will help us decide which tools  will be the most helpful in creating these lessons.

Finally, I have been taking an on-line class with Ed and also went to Mary Barber and Ed’s flipped technology resources work day and so I’m going to send you a few links that might be of interest.  The first ones will be about the flipping concept in general — they are short and quick (modeling what ours should be!).  The other links are a couple of possible tools.

General Intro Info:
http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/ – a schematic with overview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H4RkudFzlc — Aaron Sams – one of the first people who kind of got this approach going….a quick video with an overview

http://www.slideshare.net/jgerst1111/flipped-classroom-the-full-picture?from=share_email  — a slide share (lots of slides but don’t be intimidated, it goes quickly) – main purpose is to see the framework for flipping on the first slide if you just want to look at one thing!

TOOLS:
For laptop: this is free – Sophia.org — there is a tutorial here (and then you can get a free t-shirt if you actually go through the quick tutorials and create your own lesson!).    I think I may use Sophia a lot this year – I’m going to try a lesson now and can let you know, but it is pretty easy and you can bring in your own powerpoint, videos, audios, and can do screen capture (video what is on your screen, including a picture of yourself in the corner if you want).  You then can create a quiz, discussion thread, etc…and monitor how the kids do (they have to log in, but it’s free).

IF you just want to have them review a powerpoint or video at home and nothing else, I think I’m going to go with It’s Learning, trying to simplify for the kids (and me) and keep everything in one place.  You can also put in an assignment, or a quiz, or survey and have them respond to it as part of the flip.

Finally – quick and easy if you want to use videos from YouTube (and there are a lot) – TedEd  ed.ted.com –  check it out.  It is truly quick and easy and if you create your own videos you can put them on YouTube and flip them here.  There is a big “FLIP NOW” button if you want to just give it a try.  There are a couple steps as you can create a quiz, discussions, post links for further exploration.

For iPad: I would go with Doceri at this point. (You might try to download at the iTunes store, don’t know if you’ll need administrator permission).   The free version has a little water mark with Doceri on it, but it does not bother me or the kids.  This is perfect if you just want to write (on the iPad) a few slides – like how to conjugate -er verbs – and then record your voice over and annotate on your own slides as you talk.  You can easily export to YouTube and post for kids.

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