All weekend I have been studying the idea of Flipping the classroom. In the "Flipped" Model students will watch video tapped lessons, take notes, and write questions to bring to class. In a way it reminds me of having to do prerequisite reading in college before attending a lecture. These videos are fairly lo-tech, but they would allow the students to learn at their own pace, go back review, study. This in turn frees up class time for small group and individualized instruction. In the classroom, we will truly be able to focus on application as opposed to lecture and classroom management to make sure the Lecture gets across. This website describes it far better than I could Friday Institute for Educational Innovation - FIZZ .
I have seen it done with Power points as well. I have an interactive white board in my classroom, and I was thinking of creating lesson "flip charts" though I like how simple, easy, and effective the "old school" white boards are.
Who has flipped their classroom? What age and subjects do you teach? What are some pitfalls and drawbacks you have encountered? How do you create student accountability to make sure they are doing their learning at home?
The flipped classroom is my PLC for this year- while I am a technology teacher (and have no class to flip), I am supporting the team. I have seen the FIZZ site- Lodge is great.
I just started working with Camtasia to make screencasts. The software is not free but there is a 30 day trial. Very easy to use and creates a nice product. Most of the teachers I am working with are at the high school and in the science field.