I’ve gotten a lot of requests recently for resources on my flipped classroom, best practices, tips & tricks, and advice for getting started. So I wanted to compile some of these things in this post!
- Here is a presentation summarizing my process and evolution through my flipped classroom journey.
A paper I wrote on my AP Calculus flipped classroom was recently published – The Flipped Classroom: Touch Enabled, Academically Proven
A video I created for parents to better understand the flipped classroom: A FlipClass Welcome
- Note: I used VideoScribe to create this presentation
A very quick recap of my evolution:
2010 – started by making screencasts for my AP Calculus AB students. My mentality – if it was going to be purely lecture, offload that to video
2012 – began flipping Honors Algebra 2. Game changer: embed quizzes into videos. Use data to pre-identify areas where class struggled; target individual work needed. Students use feedback to inform their understanding and questions to be asked.
- Details on how I use interactive elements: Guide to an interactive classroom (includes video tutorial + walkthrough of analytics)
current goals –— my videos: I’m working to extend my reach and help students beyond my class (building youtube channel; editing videos for that platform)— in-class: continually improving what class looks like & what we do in the classroom; making more time to dig/discuss/engage/personalize/etc; improving the flow (very important to me) so that end of class frames homework video which frames intro discussion which leads to class activity and ends by framing next homework video— my students: ap calculus students use online platform (Socratic.org) to help students beyond our classroom and to build analytical & verbal skills in mathematics
Tools that I use and recommend:
1. I use Camtasia Studio (PC only) to record, edit, and produce my videos. In the editor, I can add interactive elements like quizzes, hotspots/pauses, and callout boxes. (Note: Camtasia Mac does not allow for the embedded quizzes, but you can also use a webtool like
Zaption EDpuzzle for that (see below). For a full comparison of Camtasia PC vs Mac, see Camtasia Studio vs Camtasia Mac.)
Update: The new Camtasia is now cross-platform and supports interactivity (quizzing & analytics on both Mac & PC)! That being said, my current workflow is: I create & edit my videos in Camtasia, then produce them to YouTube, and add interactivity using EDpuzzle.
2. I use a Surface Pro 3 to create my screencast. Pre-recording, I make a PPT presentation to lay out my lesson. During the recording, I use the pen tool in the PPT presentation to handwrite answers and explanations.
I recommend Zaption as a webtool to turn any video into a learning tour. Whether this is your way of adding interactive elements to a video you have personally created or taking a pre-created video that you’ve found on YouTube, Zaption is a great tool to customize the video watching experience for your students.
Update: Zaption was acquired in the fall of 2016. I now recommend EDpuzzle as a way to make any YouTube video interactive learning experience for students.
Sample content that I’ve created for my flipped math classes:
Here is a sample of one of my screencasts for Algebra 2, creating using Camtasia Studio
Here is a sample mix created for Algebra 2, created using Office Mix
Here is a gigantic tips & tricks video I created for my AP Calculus students during review time, created using Zaption.
All Honors Algebra 2 videos can be found here
All AP Calculus AB videos can be found here