School Planning & Management

APR 2012

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY BY JOHN SOWASH Flipping With Technology 10 TOOLS TO HELP YOU FLIP YOUR CLASSROOM. T wo years ago I "fl ipped" my high school Anatomy & Physiology class. Read my post (http://electriceducator. ip-your-class- room-through-reverse.html) for the full story. I learned by trial and error. I have also found some very helpful resources that I would like to share with you. 1. Camtasia Studio: The leading screen casting software title on the market. Easily zoom, pan and create call-outs on your screen captures. Accepts multiple audio and video tracks. Retails for $299; educators' pricing is $179. 2. Snagit: From the makers of Camtasia (TechSmith), this screen capture tool allows you to quickly capture a still image of all or part of your screen. Also includes a lightweight editor, which al- lows you to annotate your captures. I use Snagit to grab images of my screen, which I then insert into my presentations. Snagit retails for $49.95; $37.05 for educators. 3. Google Docs: You will be creating lots of presentations and handouts in your fl ipped classroom. Google Docs lets you do the common word-processing tasks. The benefi t of using Google Docs is that fi les live in the cloud and are updated in real-time. Presentations can be embedded directly into a blog or wiki page. Any change that you make will automatically be changed for any- one who has access to the fi le, no matter where it is on the web. 4. Wikispaces: After creating your recorded lectures and handouts, you will want somewhere to post them so that your stu- dents can access them. Wikispaces is an easy-to-use wiki interface that allows you to create a website on which you can post videos, handouts, links and fi les. Furthermore, you can use the integrated discussion feature to facilitate threaded discussions with students. The commercial version of Wikispaces includes advertising. You can upgrade to a private-label wiki ($50-$1,000/year depend- ing on the option you choose), or sign up for the free education label wiki, a great deal! 5. Twitter: The Internet has enabled like-minded people, scattered across the globe, quick and easy access to each other. There is a Twitter discussion going on just about any topic you can imagine, including reverse instruction. If you are a Twitter user, make sure that you follow the hashtag #fl ipclass. //THE ART OF FLIPPING Sometimes fl ipping a classroom can be as easy as rethinking a course's structure. Through the Internet, software and classroom technology, class space (and class time) can transform into a student-centered environment. John Sowash, a Google Certifi ed Teacher and Trainer, as well as a high school teacher, provides insight into resources that can help create these fl ipped environments. To view Sowash's full blog post on these tools, visit http://electriceducator.blogspot. com/2011/04/10-tools-to-help-you-fl ip-your.html. 6. The Flipped Class Network: Created by the fathers of fl ip, Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams, the Flipped Class Network is a social community for teachers interested in and currently using the fl ipped classroom model. This is the place to go for discussion, support and ideas related to this instructional method. 7. Jing: The cousin of Camtasia Studio (see #1 above), Jing is a lightweight screencasting tool. Download and install Jing on your PC or Mac and then easily record the activity on your screen using video or still-photos. Jing is free as long as your videos are fi ve minutes long or less and you are posting them to 8. YouTube: This might be obvious, but one of the best places to upload and share recorded lectures is YouTube. Extremely reliable, universally visited and easy to use, not posting videos to YouTube would be a mistake. Consider grouping videos on a topic into a playlist that students can watch in sequence. Videos created by others can also be added to your playlist, enriching the video library with minimal effort. 9. Blogs to Follow: The fl ipped classroom community continues to grow. I have assembled a list of bloggers who regularly post about the fl ipped classroom. (Add these blogs to your RSS feed by visiting John's blog post.) 10. iTunes: This mega-podcasting platform is a worthwhile location to post audio and video lectures. Doing so requires a little bit of time, know-how and perseverance. Unlike YouTube, Apple does not host user content. Educators must either purchase web space (something that isn't terribly expensive) or use a free media hosting service such as PodOmatic. SPM >> John Sowash is a high school teacher and the director of Online Learning for Global Christian School Online. John is a Google Certified Teacher and Trainer and enjoys providing inspirational professional development training for schools and businesses. You can connect with John via his blog ( or Twitter (@jrsowash). APRIL 2012 / SCHOOL PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 83

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