ICT Tip: TED-Ed helps you “Flip your Classroom” by using existing on-line videos

Links: ed.ted.com

Quick overview: Not only does the TED-Ed website have lots of great videos that were created in partnership by educators and animators, the website now allows you to take an existing video and build your own lesson around it. More specifically, you can pick any TED-Ed or YouTube video and attach your own quizzes, short answer questions, and links. After that, share the unique web address with your students.

What is Flipping the Classroom? Check out these short videoclips by Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergman to explain the concept. If you have a little more time, you may also want to check out this video by Salman Khan. It’s worth mentioning that in adult education, we often avoid assigning homework since many of our students have commitments outside of school. As so, videos can instead be shown in class or students can be taken to the computer lab during class time.

How can this be used in the classroom? In my opinion, using multiple videos allows you to differentiate your teaching materials and avoid a one size fits all lecture. That being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to “flip” everything you do. On the contrary, I’d save “flipping” for the tricky stuff where students may benefit from watching multiple (and preferably short!) explanations. Rather than creating your own videos from scratch, using YouTube or TED-Ed videos can allow for a quick and sustainable way to flip your classroom.

Looking for on-line video materials? Be sure to check out the TED-Ed videos which are categorized by subject and created specifically for education. There’s lots of great new material to be found. If you’d like to know more, I’ve included a link to an overview of how it all works.

Are we offering any workshops on flipping the classroom? The RECIT Provincial and Regional services is planning to offer an FGA Flipping the Classroom workshop in late May 2012. Please contact either Marc-André Lalande or myself if you’d like more information.

Video: To see a 3 minute video example of how to create your own lessons from TedEd or YouTube videos, please click the play button below:

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