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3 FlipClass Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Getting Started

These 3 Easy Techniques let you Take the Flip for a Test Spin Without Much Time or Spending a Dime!

Okay, so you’ve heard about the Flipped Classroom, but who has time to do all that screen casting and planning and who knows what else?

Did you know you can give the flip a try without a ton of planning and work? And as for the screencasting, forget it- you don’t need to screencast to get started. And … you don’t need to spend a dime!

Here’s three pretty straightforward techniques to give the flip a try.

Technique No. 1: Flip Any YouTube Video with ed.ted.com

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Ed.Ted.Com makes it super easy to take any YouTube Video, deliver it in a private manner, and add related content and a simple quiz. Boom! Instant high quality flipped content. Here’s a 3 minute intro to ed.ted.com.

Technique No. 2: Give the WSQ a try!

Crystal Kirch developed the ‘WSQ’ concept, which stands for “Watch, Summarize, Question”. This is a great technique for ensuring that students engage with flipped content, and it sets the stage for further exploration of the topic in the next class. I use it regularly and shared my experience in the article 5 Reasons Why I Love the WSQ (Watch-Summarize-Question) Method.

While the WSQ is generally used for video content, it can certainly be applied to other types of learning content. Any any case, check out this article to learn more about it: Getting Students to Watch and Engage With Flipped Videos with Crystal Kirch’s WSQ Technique.

Technique No. 3: Add Questions to any YouTube Video

Do you have any idea how easy it is to embed questions into any YouTube video? Tools like EduCanon (below) and EdPuzzle make it a snap! The potential for constructive teaching and learning uses of these tools is unlimited! Search out the best educational video resources, assign them to students, and ensure that they engage with the content by embedding relevant questions right there within the video! Figure out who isn’t “getting it” based on those questions. How cool, and easy, is that?

So go ahead, take one of these tools or techniques for a trial run and see how simple it can to get started with flipped instruction! Then when you’re ready for a deeper dive, we hope you’ll come back here and continue your exploration of flipped teaching and learning.

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