Monday, 27 January 2014

Flipped Lesson Number 2

Did my second flipped lesson today, also in maths and focusing on proving/disproving a general statement. The video link is posted in a previous post.

At the beginning of the lesson, I asked who had watched the flip video and about 75% of the class had. I gave them the option of watching it again with those who hadn't seen it and half of those chose to do so.

It certainly enabled my more able to get stuck into tasks quicker and I think all the class faced a higher level of challenge than they would have in a 'normal' lesson.

However, I learnt that you can't rely on the class to watch the video and ensure they really understand it. They might watch it but won't necessarily explore areas of uncertainty on their own. For example, they didn't really understand square numbers which was mentioned on the video and this led to difficulties in the tasks later on, as some of the activities referred to square numbers.

Therefore, I think that you have to give some input as well as the video and really check for understanding. The children also fedback that it would be really useful for me to model an answer to one of the tasks on the video so they could see exactly what the expectations were.

I think that the flipped lessons might work best for more simple-concept lessons that deal with one skill. There was too much high-level mathematical vocabulary going on so they struggled working independently (some of them). I think with a short input session from me as well, it would have been a great success.

However, I think it was engaging and challenging and that the class gained a lot from it. It wasn't outstanding but also not a disaster.

Next time, I want to try an English lesson as I have done two maths now.

The Flip-Flop Lesson?

Another idea...

Instead of showing the children some information/video before the lesson, how about teaching them in the conventional way and then getting them to create a video and to upload for the teacher to assess... a flip-flop lesson if you will! :)

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Twitter: Top Ten Hashtags for Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Teaching

Twitter is a great resource for learning about flipped teaching. Everyday, people tweet hundreds of tips, resources, personal stories, pose questions, and float ideas about flipped teaching. Julie Schell picks out the top ten hashtags on Twitter. Have a look and do share anything of interest: Top Ten Hashtags for Flipped Teaching

Latest Flip Video and Video Editing Software Thoughts

My latest flip video can be seen here

This one features me trying to teach the topic to my cat which was an idea suggested by some members of my class. I like the personal nature of these videos as I think they make them more engaging for the class. I have had a chat with colleagues about building up a library of videos to share across the year group/school. I think there is great merit in this, but I do think that the younger children really enjoy seeing and hearing their own teacher. A parent also echoed this in some feedback which I received. Not sure about the webcam but we will see...

I am also trialling a video editing suite from Corel which you can see here VideoStudio Pro 6 I had a go at making the same video in that program which had the advantage that I could save it as an MP4 file and upload directly to my class blog rather than YouTube or

However, I am finding it really tricky to use, as it is so powerful and I have absolutely no experience of video-editing whatsoever. But it looks like it can make much more professional and engaging movies so I will stick with it and see if I can get any better at using it.

The lesson based on the flip video is on Monday and I am actually being observed by my line manager in that lesson as part of my annual appraisal so it better go well!

iPad Apps

Explain Everything

Will update list as I find more.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Other teachers flipping their lessons

Interesting blog here about a UK teacher in Seoul who has started flipping his lessons. Slightly different perspective to the way we are doing it at the moment but still relevant

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Online Storage is all sorted now. They can all log on via their Google accounts - much easier. After one week of this flipped classroom project, I'm exhausted!
My class are really enjoying the videos - I have also posted a video or two just for fun so it keeps them following the blog. This week I posted up a video taken from the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet which went down well!
Next week, I'm hoping to work with some colleagues to get their videos up and running too. I am keen to develop some collaboration on this as, at times, I feel a bit swamped with information. I'm also thinking of getting myself some better video software to give me more tools for making better videos. Someone also mentioned the possibility of green screen videos so I can stand in front of any background. Exciting possibilities...
Looking forward to the weekend and making a couple more videos!

Storing Videos

Now I am beginning to build up a bank of videos I need to consider where I am going to keep them. At the moment they are on YouTube. I'm not totally happy with this as YouTube has so many distractions and inappropriate content.
I found which allows you to store and categorise videos and I think this would be better as it is designed for schools and is more secure. You can also add documents so it would good to add templates for mindmaps, notes etc to the videos. However, the website doesn't like my school's email addresses for some reason so I am having problems sending out invitations to join it! It is very frustrating to have this sort of thing happen as it creates an unnecessary delay.
However, hopefully it will be sorted soon.
I am also now thinking of getting better video editing software and maybe a camcorder so my videos are more...polished.
My latest video is an information video rather than a flipped video which is getting the class prepared for next week's geography lesson. You can see it here
I'm looking forward to making a new flipped video over the weekend.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Student response

Interesting response from one of my (very able) students about my flipped video. He said that he wanted it to be more challenging. I can see the point but I can't make videos tailored to every ability level. I responded by aking him to design and/or make his own video that would address the more able mathematicians.
However, I think I might incorporate links or demonstrate sites such as where children can take the learning further.
However, I don't want the videos to become task-setting but remain delivery of information. but there is a risk that they could become dull for the more able I think. 

Overview of Flipped teaching

This video here is one of the best introductions I have seen (especially for UK teachers) on flipped teaching.
I found it at the flipped institute which has loads of great information.

First Flipped Video

OK so yesterday I made my first flipped video in preparation for today's lesson on symmetry in triangles. The school have got me sorted out with Ezvid which seems to be easy to use.

It took me  4 minutes to start making my first video from scratch and then 10 minutes to make the first video.

The school firewall made it impossible (at the moment) to upload to YouTube and I learnt that you can't save Ezvid projects and move them from computer to computer - annoying!

Therefore, I made the video again at home and posted it up there. I then emailed my class parents and asked them to watch and give me feedback. You can see the video here.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far. ' The future of teaching' was one comment!

I am a bit worried about my maths lesson which I am doing in 2 hours time as I now think my children are going to way ahead of me. I will have to plan much more challenging activities as they are going to already armed with what they need to know.

I have also ' borrowed'  a webcam so I'm hoping to use that in my next video. I have realised that in making the video it makes me really consider what I say and how I say it. It also makes me very reflective about my own teaching style.

Looking forward to doing the next flipped lesson already!
Hi. I am a UK teacher presently teaching in Bahrain in a British-style school.
The purpose of this blog is to record a narrative about my experiences with the flipped classroom. It is a project which I have just undertaken and one which interests me a great deal. I hope, on this blog, to share what I and my critical friends do and what the results are.
It would be great to hear from other interested education professionals. More to come shortly (once I've completed all my marking).