With my diigio updates via email, I am across this new post blog on the Emerging EdTech Blog regarding reverse instruction. They have presented several ways to get started-programs like slideshare, wikispaces, googledocs. All programs that we have talked about and are comfortable using.In my opinion you can create a reversed classroom, without having always to use these tools. Other simple ways of creating a reverse classroom is on kids personal blogs or on a school blog. Often in my class I will ask the kids to find out about a topic prior to the class, so they have an understanding of the topic. For example, in my year 7 Humanities class we are inquiring into the unit question “What forces create change?” For homework the kids found out what the Industrial Revolution was and created their own definitions to share the following lesson. Check out Varun’s idea.
This worked out great, because the reversed instruction method allow for us to have a quick chat about what they found out and then get started with what the objective was for that day: With a group pick one of the following: ancient civilizations(which the kids already had lesson on) the industrial revolution, and the green revolution. They had 30 minutes to look at the resource on our year 7 blog and then explain: “How farming created change in that society” The final product was for them to give a 2 minute presentation to the group on their time period. This task is part of a series of lessons on forces that create change in our world. The final project is going to be for each student to pick a `force`and explain how it has created change in our society, using the Zen presentation method- to both orally present and post on their blogs.
To me, the use of blogs easily creates a reversed classroom, as the kids already have an online platform to share ideas both inside and outside the school. Yes tools like googledocs, scribed and wiki spaces work great, but I am thankful my school has created individual blogs for all of our kids.
I would say that for younger kids, grade 6 to 8, there are very few times that we “lecture them” but often provide interactive learning environments for them to discover the information during class time. I can see putting power points and lecture notes on google doc, but it is rare that I use the death by power point idea in class. As pointed out on the University of Northern Colorado the idea of reversed instruction can work great for older kids, especially in university.
However, there are videos I have found that are easily applied to younger kids, but require a bit of additional explanation.
I really liked this example of a video made on the ancient civilizations by:
This video is a great introduction to the the idea that ancient civilizations started nearby rivers.
Next year I will use this video prior to teaching my kids and post it on the blog for them to make comments on. Words they do not understand will need to be identified in their comments on the video.
I also liked this prezi on civilizations but would need to edited the language for my 11 and 12 year old kids.
Another way I have used a flipped classroom is that one every ten days there is a scheduled lesson on global issues. The kids present any topic they, linked to global issues. Their ideas are posted on our year level blog, where the kids share feedback to the presenter.
I liked the ideas from John Sowash, on the Principles Connected blog about putting secret words or numbers in the text to ensure the kids read the information, or the accountability the kids need to have showing the notes they took prior to the class beginning. Also his comment that it can a while, after you have developed your lectures for the reversed classroom, to then create new hands on activities for the kids to engaged with the materials they just learned.
A new site that I enjoyed reading and have singed up for was the vodcasting ning. Hopefully I can get connected to a few of the ideas shared with these educators. Also their real life frustrations and successes with a flipped classroom are great!
I now recognize there are times when I should put quick clip of a video easily view from students blogs, and commented on for homework instead of spending the 20 minutes watching and viewing in in class. My stance on teaching is that it is differentiated, so that the kids have a chance to access the information through a variety of ways, including strategies in a reversed classroom.