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Exploring the FIZZ Method for Creating Flipped Learning Content

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This straightforward approach to creating your own flipped learning content can help teachers get started and be effective.

One of my favorite things about teaching the 4 Week Online Flipped Classroom Workshop that I run several times a year is learning new things from the participants. Participants regularly report learning a great deal from the workshop content and feedback, and it is such a rewarding thing for me to help them learn, but I also get to learn too!

A great big THANK YOU! to the hundreds of educators who have taken the workshop over the last few years. We really do learn so much from each other – it is a very engaging and interactive experience. Shouldn’t every professional development situation provide all participants opportunities to learn from each other?

This time around, one of the things I learned about was the “FIZZ technique”. This is an approach to creating and recording flipped learning content videos. Dr. Lodge McCammon is an educator and a musician among other things, and a very interesting guy.  He also does work with Katie Gimbar – I share one of Katie’s many great videos about flipped instruction in the workshop course (along with dozens of other outstanding video resources from many top-notch beloved flipped educators). I think that’s how one of the workshop participants happened upon McCammon’s FIZZ technique.

Dr. McCammon coined a term and concept he refers to as the “FIZZ” method for video creation, which he advocates for creating flipped learning content.

In this video he discusses the logic behind the effectiveness of this relatively simple technique:

So we see many reasons why this “low-barrier” method can make a lot of sense and help those new to the flip to get started. Those who are already flipping might want to try it as well!

FIZZ – I challenge you to give it a try (and if you do, I hope you will share a link to your finished product in a comment below)! And thanks to Lodge McCammon for the concept and inspiration.


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