Flipped Classroom teaching methodology (FC), Project Based Learning (PBL) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the educational buzz of the time. All three have a distinct connection -- they focus on student engaged higher order thinking in today's classroom. This is not a new goal in education. As a matter of fact this was the goal when I began my teaching career over twenty years ago. What is drastically different is the approach.
Technology -- there's no running and hiding from it; it's everywhere. As educators we need to embrace it; not shake a yard stick at it and send it to the corner of the classroom for a time out. Flipping your class, implementing Project Based Learning and weaving both of these around Common Core State Standards can be accomplished. It's really quite simple.
Technology -- there's no running and hiding from it; it's everywhere. As educators we need to embrace it; not shake a yard stick at it and send it to the corner of the classroom for a time out.
1. JING® - by TechSmith® - is software that is a FREE download to your computer.
JING® is the first download I ever used to capture and create video for pod-casting lessons in a flipped class teaching methodology. It's the initial application that TechSmith® offers. To use this software your computer will need microphone (and camera capabilities). It allows you to capture whatever appears on your computer screen with a voice over capability. The limitation to this software is that you have no more than 5 minutes of recording time. TechSmith® does have an upgrade available for $49.95 called SnagIt®. It provides unlimited recording time with many applications for editing purposes, etc. We've found it very beneficial to upgrade.
2. Educreations® - by Educreations® - is an app for the iPad that is FREE.
Educreations® is very easy to use on an iPad (view a 52 second example of it here). This app makes your iPad a whiteboard. It allows you copy/paste pictures to the screen; write on the screen; and record a voice over. You will be amazed at how easily you can capture and create a podcast. For many of the middle school PBL activities I've personally created I advocate students to use this app.
3. Lumify - by Shnap, Inc. - is an app for the iPhone that is FREE.
Lumify is an app that is remarkably easy to use (view a 42 second example of it here). This app allows you to use your iPhone on a one-stop-shop basis for creating a YouTube video. You can record video directly from your iPhone or import older video. You're then able to edit the video; add music of your choosing from your iTunes library on your iPhone to be the background; embed a recorded voice-over to what parts or portions of the video you desire; and it also has some limited special effects -- and it's FREE.