Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Key Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Class-

This is from the blog  Flipped Learning

I am preparing to do a workshop with Icelandic Educators this week and I was asked to give them a list of questions to consider as they begin to flip their classes.  As I wrote these I realized that many people could benefit from these questions.  It is no doubt an incomplete list.  If you have more questions that I should include, please comment and I will add them.  

Overall Questions
  • What is the best use of your  face-to-face class time?
  • What is one lesson that you teach that is perfect for flipping?
  • As you start flipping, who will you work with?
  • Are you willing to give up some of the control of your classroom to your students? This is a scary thing for many teachers who like control.
  • If you flip, WHAT will you do in your class now that you are not lecturing?
  • Do you need additional resources since you will now have more time to do in-class higher order thinking and problem solving as a result of the extra time?
  • How will you rearrange your room as you consider flipping your classroom?
  • To what extent will you create vs curate your videos?
  • Will you completely flip your class, or just do selected lessons?
  • How will you learn more about flipped learning (books, the web)?
  • How much time do you have to commit to flipping your classroom?
  • How will your students access your videos?  Do you have any students who will need to access the videos when NOT connected to the internet?
  • If you teach multiple classes:  Which class will you flip first?
  • Have you considered moving to a Flipped-Mastery model?

Technical Questions about Video Creation:
  • What software will you use to make your videos?
  • Do you need any hardware like a better microphone or a tablet to write with?
  • Where will you post your videos? (YouTube? Somewhere else?)
  • How will you link your videos from your Learning Management System?

Classroom Questions
  • How will you monitor if the students watched the video?
  • How will you grade their watching of the videos?
  • How will you build in interactivity into your video lessons?  (A Google form?  Notes on paper? a A question? Something else?)
  • What are you going to do when a student doesn't watch your video?
  • How will you change your assessment as a result of flipping your class?
  • How will you communicate what you are doing with your administration?
  • How will you communicate what you are doing with your students?
  • How will you communicate what you are doing with your parents?

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