It is important to realise that as an educator, you already use “flipped learning”, and have done so for years. Anytime we ask our students to do some work outside of the classroom prior to our lesson, you have just “flipped it”.
It is certainly a concept to explore for further learning. Essentially being able to spend more time working through problems in class as opposed to being stuck at home without help. This concept often relies on a good set of resources that can be set as home activities to work towards an understanding of a concept before coming to class. Being able to easily create your own content certainly is an added advantage as a teacher as the content can be tailored as you like and made more relevant to your students.
Easily Creating Screencasts:
Being able to easily create screen recordings is highly useful as a teacher or student. We will look at a few tips and then tools for creating content.
FIRSTLY here are a few tips for any created content:
– keep it concise (short if you can!)
– have a well thought out script
– have your resources ready to roll
On an iPad: (or Android tablet)
There have been apps that record everything on your iPad screen but they are short lived on the iTunes store! So you can replicate this in a way that is in fact actually better as you can edit it easier. There are a number of apps like educreations that record your interactions and upload your recording to their servers so you can view or embed it.
This is very useful, but often it is usually more useful when you can have the video yourself and edit it or upload it as you like! The Explain Everything app (iTunes and Google Play) does exactly this and a whole lot more! It is truly amazing and can often be the most powerful and versatile of any option. If you make a mistake on little part then just fix that bit.
A Combo of Apps: Now to really get it going! If you use a combination like that of Notability and Explain Everything you can get a pretty special experience! Here are some resources we created that may help get it all going!
–Our Notability Review and Tutorial
–Our Explain Everything review and Tutorial
Using the apps together to make SUPER tutorials easily and quickly
http://youtu.be/QmKbBuyFFYc Shorter version coming soon!
Screencasts on a Computer:
There are a heap of tools for recording all, or part of your screen. There are great paid options like Screencast-o-matic and Camtasia, as well as a myriad of free options (or free versions) like Jing or Snagit.
NOTE: Further posts will highlight how to do this along with tips, techniques and pitfalls!
Some tips for now though!:
If you are recording part of your screen: then make sure you select a 16:9 ratio so that you can upload it correctly if need be. having a graphic that is already in this ratio and aligning your content in the same window is a good method for doing this.
If you record your whole screen: make sure you are comfortable with everything that will be seen! Also be aware of your end user and what they can see. changing your resolution to the lowest resolution before recording is a good method to ensure end users can see all the content.
Sharing your videos:
So you have created your video but now you need to share it! The obvious is to upload to a provider like Youtube or Vimeo but you can also save it to a Google Drive folder or Dropbox and set it so that it can be seen publicly (if you want). Uploading to Google Drive also allows embedding (nice!)
Credits, Comments, corrections, additions!?
Written collaboratively by Gary Maxwell and Rolfe Kolbe Newington College (with updates to come!)
Hopefully we have helped somewhat! If you have better options then please comment below and share and we will amend the post with acknowledgement to you. Revisit again to hopefully see some updates!