Kia Ora, Greetings and Hello Colleagues
Like many of you, I found the ICT training day on Friday the 21st of March to be a mixed bag. However, one thing that stood out for me was the presentation of how to use a "Flipped Classroom". In essence, this entails the creation of small tutorial videos so students can learn things at home and then get help with homework and questions in the classroom during school time. However, it is not an "all" or "nothing" situation, it is quite okay to use the technology and place yourself somewhere along the continuum between "trad" and "flipped".

Richard Stanton from Pompallier Catholic College presented on the flipped classroom and I really appreciated the way he presented his talk because he was doing what he was teaching us how to do. He gave us a link, found here where you can see the three videos he shared. Those videos are about how to create and share videos!

Perfect! Hats off and many thanks to Richard for a really useful bit of PD.

I realised that the combination of:
  • The small videos made using "Screen Cast-o-Matic" (available here)
  • The tablet laptop
  • The ability of a PowerPoint to be presented with hand-written notes.
meant that I could make small tutorial videos in the manner of Sal Khan at the Khan Academy but I would be able to make them myself and would therefore be able to tailor the presentations to what suited me and the people I was trying to reach. The Khan Academy material is fantastic but you can't get exactly what you want, just something very close to it.

For instance, here is a small video (1min14 sec) I made showing Year 10 students how to calculate the speed if the distance and time are both known. I made this video during a lesson and you can hear my students helping me with the results of a calculation.

In his first video, Richard demonstrates what the "Screen Cast-o-Matic" software (again, available here) can do and how to download it. The video is 5min28sec long.

In his second video, Richard takes you through the business of recording a lesson/tutorial AFTER the software has been downloaded. He also shows how to upload the recorded session to youtube and then make it available to everyone. Finally, he shows how to share it using email groups.

For my purposes, I am not yet teaching new material by video. Instead, I am recording small vignettes and I am also not emailing out the links; I am posting links to the videos from my class web pages - found on the left hand side of this web page.

In this video, I show how to teach a small skill (how to find the area in a rectangle).

Then, in this video, I show how to set that up, record it and then upload it to my youtube channel.

In order to record little tutorials, I find it useful to have two types of PowerPoint background and I have placed two "downloadable" PowerPoints here so you can choose and use the type you want.

Cheers and thanks

Haggis Henderson
Monday 31st of March 2014 at 1719 hrs