The “flipped classroom” is a term used to describe a strategy where teachers assign video lessons as the homework. This can provide more time in class for discussion, supporting students, peer feedback, group work and inquiry. Debates continue about the effect of flipped practices on student learning. However, there are many different ways to integrate video lessons into a class. Finding the most effective way requires knowing students strengths and needs as learners.
From a technological point of view, video creation or editing tools are used to create videos. A starting point for creating videos includes using the recording tool built into Powerpoint or other presentation tools. Teachers will also need a place to post and share their videos with students. This could include websites, blogs or a Learning Management System (LMS).
For more information about the Flipped Classroom, review some of the resources listed below.
previously recorded webinar Flipped Classroom - The Basics with OTF Connects Brenda Sherry and Peter Skillen
Flipped Classroom resources on Edutopia
Makerspaces began as collaborative spaces in the community where materials for “making” (tools, software, electronics, 3D printers, materials) were available for members to use. A culture of sharing, mentorship and collaboration is fundamental. Some classrooms, libraries and schools are working towards creating makerspaces or adopting a similar culture to provide opportunities for students to create and “make” things as a way of solving problems and demonstrating understanding. Creating prototypes, machines and models can help students combine design thinking with solving complex issues using scientific concepts.
For more information about Makerspaces, read some of the articles listed below.
Designing a School Makerspace, Edutopia
Educational Makerspaces, Teacher Librarian
If you build it: Tinkering with the Maker Mind-Set, ASCD (must pay for the full digital article, or find a hard copy of the June 2014 journal)