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How to flip your classroom with Moovly!

Sep 5, 2017


The flipped classroom has become a reality in many secondary and tertiary educational institutions around the world. Educators have acknowledged that the process of combining technology and traditional teaching methods has ultimately increased learning retention and created a more personalized learning environment.  

In our recent blog post, we looked into the flipped classroom model and its features, with many educators describing it as the future of education. With that said, there seemed to be a common denominator. Teachers understood what the model entailed, yet had trouble actually identifying how they can implement the process of flipping the classroom themselves.

In this blog, we want to build on the foundations and guide teachers on how to introduce the flipped classroom model in their classroom successfully.

What is Flipped Classroom?

For those of you who haven’t yet read our blog “Is the flipped classroom approach the future of education”, it’s important to know what the flipped classroom model actually is.

Over the years, educators have continuously adapted their learning methodologies to successfully cater for students and their needs. In recent years, technology advancements have driven the expansion of e-learning practices, one of which is the effective flipped classroom approach.

When a teacher flips their classroom, they are essentially shifting the role of traditional classroom activities. The pedagogical model reverses the role of lectures and homework. In a traditional classroom setting, teachers would provide educational content to be consumed while the students attended physical lectures. With the flipped classroom, students are given a series of short video lessons or other material with educational content to be watched away from the classroom. Teachers would then use their classroom time on a more practical basis, where students are given the freedom to apply their knowledge under the guidance of the teacher.

Adapting teaching practices to accommodate the current generation

There is still a cloud of uncertainty under the role of video in education. Yes, using video has helped teachers significantly, but many have failed to actually create a fully integrated syllabus where the primary focus makes use of video lessons. One reason many students are yet to see the flipped classroom make its way into their school may be due to the educator’s preferences rather than the model’s perceived benefits.

It’s interesting to see how different generations adapt to and appreciate particular learning approaches. Baby boomers enjoyed democratically run classrooms and experimenting with new skills independently. Then there is Generation X, who view learning as an independent and self-directed process. Millennials, on the other hand, prefer activity based group work and were the first generation to have used technology for the duration of their lives. But what about Generation Z? After adapting their teaching practices and educational content for Millennials, teachers again had to redevelop their approach to appeal to the following generation. Luckily, Millennials and Gen Z have one common characteristic. They have both been shaped by technology.

Traditionally, classrooms were constructed to keep distractions out and ensure the student’s full focus is on the teacher. However, modern-day classrooms are being reformed to accommodate new technologies and learning styles. Rather than configure classrooms to be a place where curriculums are taught, flipped classrooms and other video-based curriculums have helped refine and restructure classrooms to help support the educational journey.

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How to flip your classroom

There are different ways for you to flip your classroom successfully. You will have to adapt and fine-tune your method to make sure that it is not only embraced by students but successfully challenges and engages your students. The end goal of flipping your classroom is to shift the focus of the class onto a more student-centered pedagogy. The five steps of flipping your classroom that we highlighted below have been carefully selected to ensure that students remain engaged and active in their learning experiences.

Step 1. Define the scope and objectives

Before you get started on creating a series of video lessons or investing in content creation platforms, you need to clearly recognize what the outcome of flipping the classroom will be. What do you want your students to accomplish before they enter class, during class, and after class?

Start off by defining the scope of your topic internally. Having a well-defined scope will help your students create educational content more readily. A good way to tackle this is by collecting all the content you currently have for that semester and breaking it down into relevant sub-topics. These sub-topics will take the form of the video lessons assigned to students.  Each lesson should essentially build or connect to the next video lesson.

One of the core aspects of flipped classroom is placed on how the students apply the learned material. For students to just watch, listen and take notes is not enough, and arguably no different to the traditional forms of teaching we see today. After every video lesson, create a lesson plan that will make sure that the learning objectives have been met. This can take the form of projects, debates, design, group work, etc. Make sure you know what you want your students to know and how will you assess if they are at the level expected.

Step 2. Plan and prepare educational content

Video has become an essential role in how we consume information. 45% of people watch more than an hour of Facebook or YouTube videos a week, and more than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day. Although there are different forms of media teachers can use, it’s no secret that video has become the preferred tool for educators and institutions. Before you dive into a new topic ask yourself, what is the best way to communicate this? Is this the best media tool for my students to process the information? Is it easy to understand? If not, how can I make it more clear?

Step 3. Create activities that spark pre-class engagement

There’s a gap between getting students to watch the video lessons and ensuring they are ready for the in class activities. It’s your role as a teacher to bridge any gap and ensure that the students are well prepared for all the in-class activities.  There are various ways of achieving this, most of which are easy to introduce and assess. At the end of each video lesson, ask your student to prepare or answer something. This can include solving a puzzle, researching examples, answering a set of questions or summarizing what they learned.

Step 4. Prepare in-class activities that prompt further understanding

This step is all about applying the learning objectives that were previously outlined in step 1. How will your in-class activities be structured? Will there be group work or individual projects? Make sure you choose an activity that relates to the previous video lesson. It’s important to remember that not everyone will be familiar with the flipped classroom model.  For example, dedicate the first 10 minutes of your lesson to expand on the content shown in the video lessons and make sure the students are in the right frame of mind. Think of it as a catch-up. Moving on, the remainder of the class should focus on engaging with active learning strategies to help students process the education content they learned. This is where students can apply their knowledge, through debates, group assignments or individual projects.

Step 5. Ongoing evaluation and assessment

When you implement the flipped classroom approach, one of the most important things is to evaluate the model’s impact and adjust it correctly.  

A proven way of assessing how well your students have understood the provided educational content is to plan both summative and formative assessment throughout the year. Essentially, you are looking to see if your students learning improved, as a direct result of the flipped classroom model. However, once you flipped your classroom, you need to look further than just your student’s grade results. Gather feedback on what works about the new model and what they would change, and implement it accordingly.

Flipping your classroom with Moovly

As we mentioned earlier, video is one of the most valuable tools that teachers have identified when helping students acquire more information. One of the biggest hurdles for teachers looking to introduce the flipped classroom is the preparation of video lessons to be watched outside of the classroom.

 

Here’s how we can help. Moovly is an all-inclusive video, perfectly suited for teachers looking to use video in education and engage their students. You can use Moovly to create engaging educational content that captivates your students, without any particular set of design skills. In fact, all you need is an active internet connection and a Moovly subscription.

 

In Moovly there are over 500,000 digital assets for you to use to create your series of video lessons, guaranteeing that your students won’t become accustomed to the same static template presentation. You can also import any previously-captured screen recording and annotate them on Moovly!

Every flipped classroom is different from another, but the end goal is always consistent. Teachers need to create an interactive student-centered learning hub. Contact Moovly to learn more about how you can begin the process of flipping your classroom today.

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