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At its core, “flipped instruction” refers to moving aspects of teaching, typically lecture/ direct instruction, into the homework space, while moving practice and application tasks back into the classroom space.

The Flipped Philosophy

More time for individual work

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Implementation Steps

Step 1
Create a collaborative digital classroom space where students can access "flipped" resources AND where you can embed tools for interaction like surveys, forms, or discussion spaces. Wikispaces and Google Sites are ideal for this (Edmodo is also great, but would require an extra step of organizing shared folders with videos).


Step 2
Create a YouTube Channel to store instructional screencasts you create and organize them into playlists. You will embed these in unit pages on your wiki or site.

Step 3
Familiarize yourself with Google Forms. Critical to the success of the Flipped model is having all students attentively watch your videos. A successful technique is the WSQ.
Students write a summary of the main points of the concept. They can either be given sentence starters to use as support or key questions to answer to guide their summary. These can be submitted into a google form for preview by the teacher prior to class.
You could give a "check for understanding question or...
Students ask a question: either one they DON'T KNOW and need help answering, or a question they DO KNOW and can challenge their classmates with the next day. Students are challenged to ask a "higher order thinking" questions and are given question starters.

For other strategies to optimize active viewing review these suggestions.

Step 4
Create awesome educational screencasts
Below Paul Anderson, who makes excellent screencasts, explains the process.
Must have elements

  • Presentation Software
  • Screencapture tool
  • Microphone
  • Webcam (recommended)
  • Annotation tool
Kids report that they LOVE to see their teacher (or peers) in the video. Makes it much more dynamic and personal.

Presentation Software


Annotation tool

Google Presentation

Create Animated Videos and
then do your own Voiceover



$- Can edit, captures you in small window and your screen
Screenflow Mac
Camtasia Studio PC

Free - limited to 5 minutes, can't capture you

Web-based - captures you and your slides

Free and web based. Captures screen and audio only
Screencasting for Chrome by Techsmith (works on Chromebooks)

Omnidazzel (Mac)
Sketchit (PC)
Presentation Assistant (PC)

Step 5
Plan how you will now use your class time! Plan assessment of video interaction and class applications.
Review WSQs as a whole class or in small group
Share summaries from Google form and create a top 5 or top 10.
Ask each other their questions and discuss answers to questions in small groups.
Work on application problems as a group
Embark on challenge based or project based learning that has them apply concepts/skills to open ended problems.
Take Concept Quizzes to prove their understanding of the concept

Looking Further

Ted-Ed allows you to Flip any of their videos or any YouTube video (including your own) and create a lesson around it. This includes creating a private class with questions you assign. It provides you with data on student views and responses much like a Google form
Khan-Academy-logo.pngHas some excellent instructional videos and even lets you set up a virtual class, with adaptive lessons and quizes (students get sent to a section of a video if they get a wrong answer. These videos can be pretty dry and Khan is not your student's teacher. You are the one they have a relationship with. but I like these videos as inspiration for how to illustrate a concept.

ab49512d29f08e05f818b39b26799546.jpgIs an amazing platform for hosting flipped resources, document, webquests, embedded assessments, etc. Blendspace integrates with Edmodo so students do not need to register. Add it to edmodo in the edmodo app store.

A Blendspace Handout

METTA is another fantastic tool that lets you remix documents, images, videos (including clipping and trimming) while embedding polls. Metta Saves to Google Drive

educanonlogo10213-700x350.pngEduCannon allows for embedding hot spots in videos which require students to pause and interact, limiting the impulse to fast forward.

edpuzzle.pngEdpuzzle is similar and allows you to trim youtube videos to use just the part you want.

Remix Other content! Under Fair Use you can remix tutorials created by others. Downloading is easy in Firefox.
Step 1 In Firefox go to "Tools-Add-ons"
Step 2 - Search Easy YouTube Downloader
Download YouTube videos

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Below any video will be a link to download into your preferred file format. Remix by taking part of the video and placing it in a video editing program to add annotations, your own voice over, etc.
Do not re-post the entire original as your work.
Give credit for the part you remixed.

Ongoing resources for the flipped classroom: A community of Flippers
Flipped Teaching Blog
twitter-bird.jpg#flipclass on Twitter

An excellent reflection (22minutes) on moving your classroom to a Mastery and Inquiry Model using Flipping.

Flipping in the elementary classroom