Here’s a powerful set of free tools that can help teachers develop and deliver digital content for flipped or blended teaching and learning.
Creating Flipped Content
1. PowerPoint’s Voice Annotation Function: Many teachers use PowerPoint slides as a part of their lecturing process. Adding your voice to these slides is pretty easy to do, turning a presentation from a plain set of slides into a self-contained instructional asset that stands alone. This can be a great way to test the waters with flipped content delivery. Get a quick overview of how easy it is to do this with in this video.
2. Screencast-O-Matic: When you’re ready to give screen casting a try, Screencast-O-Matic was one of the first screencasting tools to be published that’ still around. It works with both the Mac and the PC, and requires no installation. There’s a quick demo video on the home page. You can record and host 15 minute clips for free, and create unlimited clips if you have the Pro version, available for just $15 a year.
3. ed.ted.com: This cool tool lets you take any video on YouTube and deliver it in a private mode to whoever you choose to share it with, but its real power comes from the ability to create a quiz, supporting links, and “dig deeper” content that you can associate with the video (you can review the responses online).
4. Metta.io: Metta (www.metta.io) is a digital storytelling tool that lets you to create lessons using audio, videos, and images from your computer or from the web. It is a great online app for creating short flipped or blended lessons for students to help them learn outside of the classroom. With additional functionality like Polls and Comments, and the ability to embed this content into other web pages, the possibilities for an application like this are only limited by the availability of video content and your imagination.
5. Tackk: Here’s another easy free tool for creating content for digital assignment. Tackk is a simple Internet based application that provides an easy to use interface enabling you to post an image, video, or other content and add some text so you can ask questions or post some other form of assignment. A comments section is automatically available for each piece of content, so there’s an instant discussion forum!
Finding Great Content to Use
6. Online Videos and Classes: This article offers 7 free online education video resources teachers can use when they are looking for videos to help reinforce what they are teaching, or to provide a different perspective. These videos and video courses come from a wide variety of experts and thought leaders, and many provide an entertaining or thought provoking examination of academic topics.
Delivering Flipped Content
6. Wikispaces: If you don’t have somewhere to deliver your content, a Wiki is a great place to start. Creating simple web pages with text, images, videos, links, and more is a snap with Wikispaces. This wiki is very popular with teachers, for good reason.
7. Google Sites and other Apps for Education: Another great place to host content is on a Google Site. This is rather like a Wiki in many ways. You only need a Google Account to create a Google Site. Once you have one, click here to learn how to get started. For additional perspective on Google Sites, here’s a page about the Flipped Classroom that has been built in “Dean’s Training Resources” site. And here’s another one from “The Digital Sandbox“.
So what are you waiting for? Go give one of these resources a try!