Flipped Learning Technology

8-26-2015 9-15-06 AM

One of the most challenging aspects for teachers switching from a traditional classroom model to a flipped learning model is creating relevant, digestible content. Luckily, there is a wide variety of software, hardware, and additional resources available to educators that help make this transition smoother.

Screencasting

Screencasting tools are an extremely popular software category for flipped learning. These allow teachers to record whatever is on their screen while simultaneously recording audio. This makes it easier for teachers who commonly use slide decks, white boards, or other presentation software to transition to a flipped learning model. Teachers can use screencasting software to record while they teach live (and have a library of content at the end of the year), modify their existing slide decks to be better suited for flipped learning, or create content from scratch.

One such solution is Camtasia, which allows teachers to create powerful video lessons, add interactivity for customized learning, and access learning on the spot.

 

Document Camera-Based Solutions

Many classrooms already utilize document cameras, which are typically connected directly to an LCD projector. However, many teachers are unaware that these cameras also have the ability to project the image onto a computer, usually via a USB cable. This allows teachers to use screencasting software to record what they’re doing to the document, while simultaneously recording all the relevant audio.

Camera-Based Solutions

Another way to create content is simply by using a video camera to record content. This could be via a smartphone, tablet, or handheld camera. These videos can then be combined with software to help produce high-quality content.

The Swivl Robot turns mobile devices into a presentation delivery tool. It follows the teacher around as they present on a given topic, and then allows them to edit, enhance, and customize their video via an app and online resources, providing many of the same features as screencasting software.

 

If one of your customers is unsure of where to start or what technology they should be using, it can be extremely helpful to learn about ways other educators have gone about flipping their classrooms. There is a wide variety of free resources, reference materials, and even content available that can help guide teachers during the transition to flipped learning:

 

Sources: Edutopia & The Flipped Learning Network

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