I've really started getting into flipping my lessons this year, especially in science and social studies. My schedule this year only leaves 30 minutes most days for either science or social studies, and I want to leave that time open for activities and discussions. I've kind of settled into a rhythm of how I do it, but I'm still looking for ways to perfect my technique.
Over the years, I've converted a lot of my social studies and science content lessons into PowerPoints and Google Slides presentations. So to flip them, I just recorded myself teaching those presentations. I experimented with a few screencasting apps like Screencast-O-Matic, Jing, and Explain Everything, but I've settled on Doceri as my recording app of choice. I like how you can transition in Doceri between slides and stay in annotation mode, as well as its simple interface with YouTube, where I end up posting much of my content. Here's an example of a lesson I taught using a "Doceri-fied" PowerPoint presentation:
To go along with the video, I print out and distribute guided notes to my students. I used to just ask them to take notes, but I noticed that they would key in on less important details, or not be able to keep up. These guided notes provide a frame to direct students' attention, and also use a fill-in-the-blank format to decrease the amount of writing they have to do. Here's the guided notes for this lesson:
These notes are formatted so they can be trimmed and taped on a page of a composition book. On the facing side, students are supposed to create some kind of reflection to better internalize their thinking about what they learned. Many of my students have created wonderful reflections and they have sparked some interesting discussions in class!
This system has worked so far this year. Like I said, I'm always looking for ways to enhance my technique. I'd like to make my presentations more dynamic and animated, so the students aren't just staring at the words on a page. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them...I'm still a novice flipper and any advice would be most welcome!
5th grade teacher in Princeton, NJ. Passionate about education, technology, and the New York Giants!