Shift the Transfer of Information Online with Video

In my post titled, “Could Doing Less in Education Give Everyone More?” I identified teacher talk as the biggest barrier to human connection in the classroom. The more time teachers spend at the front of the room transferring information, the less time they have to sit alongside individual and small groups of students to facilitate learning and support their individual progress toward learning objectives.

Teachers can use the flipped classroom model to create more time and space to connect with learners by shifting the transfer of information (e.g., lecture, mini-lesson) online with video. The flipped classroom model allows students to control the pace of their learning and maximizes engagement in the classroom.

Benefits of the Flipped Classroom Model

  • Students control the pace at which they consume and process information.
  • Students and their families have 24/7 access to video instruction.
  • Teachers spend less class time repeating instruction.
  • Absent students or students who transfer into class have access to missed instruction.
  • Closed captioning and control over video speed can increase accessibility.
  • Teachers are free to move around the room, engaging directly with students.

As teachers prepare for a new school year, the summer is a perfect time to create videos for the instruction they find themselves repeating over and over again each year. Those foundational explanations students often need repeat exposure to are the perfect place to start when recording videos because they pay dividends, saving teachers precious class time!

When should teachers make a video?

If teachers plan to say the same thing the same way to everyone, I suggest they make a video and allow students to self-pace through that instruction. Then teachers can use precious class time for more dynamic and differentiated learning experiences.

Flipped Classroom Model Mini-course

I’ve developed a mini-course to help teachers 1) create effective instructional videos and 2) build dynamic, student-centered learning experiences around those videos. This mini-course has 9 lessons with videos, templates, resources, and “your turn” application activities to help participants put what they are learning into practice. The goal is for participants to leave with a high-quality instructional video and a 3-part blended lesson that builds engagement around that video content.

Below is a preview of the course content.

  • Introduction: The Flipped Classroom Model
  • The Flipped Classroom Model: How do I decide when to make a video?
  • Making Your Instructional Videos
  • The Flipped Classroom Model: How long should my videos be?
  • How-to video: How do I use the animation feature in Google Slides?
  • Blending Video into a Dynamic, Student-centered Lesson
  • Three-part Video Lesson: Pre-video Activity
  • Three-part Video Lesson: Engage Students During the Video
  • Three-part Video Lesson: Post-video Activity

If you want to purchase this mini-course for multiple teachers on your campus to support self-paced learning this summer, fill out this form for a group rate! You’ll be contacted directly to coordinate a bulk purchase of licenses.

Want to learn more about the flipped classroom model? Check out this blog!

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