Technology in Flipped Learning

Educate Yourself, Before You Execute Your Plan

The Flipped Learning Network, an online educational organization that provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning, defines flipped learning as “a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions.”

Flipped Learning
Courtesy: University of Washington, www.washington.edu

The trend of flipped learning is taking off. The Flipped Learning Network reports that in 2012, 73% of teachers recognized the term “Flipped Classroom,” and just two years later that number was up to an astounding 96%. That study was conducted among teachers with more than 16 years of experience, so this is not just a concept for the young and “techie” post-graduate teachers of tomorrow.

At the same time, just 48% of those teachers had flipped a lesson in 2012, but that number jumped up to 78% in 2014. Perhaps most notable, The Flipped Learning Network reports 96% of the teachers who have flipped a lesson or unit would recommend that method to other teachers.

The Flipped Learning Network reports 96% of the teachers who have flipped a lesson or unit would recommend that method to other teachers.

So how do you get started? First, you will have to identify which mode or modes you plan to implement in your flipped classroom. Among the options in technology is video, editing and live streaming.

Next, you will need to educate yourself on the technology available to you. Full Compass carries several great options for everyone – from those with video recording and editing experience, to those completely new to the idea:

Matrox Monarch HD and HDX are two streaming media producer models that allow the user to stream one feed live, and record another from a HDMI input alone. This is a versatile tool for everyone from the tech savvy to someone relatively new to the process. Matrox Monarch HD and HDX can get you streaming to your current students now, while saving content for use with future classes.

If streaming alone is what excites you, consider Telestream’s Wirecast. Choose from Mac or Windows-capable software which allows you to stream live or pre-produced video from your desktop to anywhere in the world. Just capture your content using an unlimited number of input devices from live camera feeds, iOS cameras, computer desktop, web feeds and more. Then produce your lesson, including transitions, titles, lower thirds, and graphics. After that, your original content is ready to stream, thanks to built-in multi-format encoding capabilities.

The Panasonic HC-VX870 is the latest in 4K Ultra HD Camcorder technology, and is equipped with wireless smartphone twin video capture capabilities. That means you can record lessons in 4K HD video, which gives you greater flexibility when editing your video, and allows you to add sub camera shots with a smartphone. The versatility of this camcorder makes it a great match for classroom recordings.

After you have recorded your video, edit quickly and conveniently with the EDIUS Pro 8, non-linear video editing software for Windows. It has a variety of creative options and real-time, no-render editing for all popular SD, HD, and even 4K formats.

If you have edited before, the highly popular Avid Media Composer 8 is the editing software proven and trusted by professional editors in every segment of film television, and broadcast. Media Composer allows you to edit SD, HD and stereoscopic 3D material on premises or remotely through the cloud. The versatility makes a project like flipping your classroom a little easier to accomplish.

Finally, starting small can help you reach your goal successfully. The Flipped Learning Network reports close to half of teachers who participate flip their class one or two times a week, showing it does not have to be an everyday activity.

The Flipped Learning Network reports close to half of teachers who participate flip their class one or two times a week, showing it does not have to be an everyday activity.

Reach out to your Full Compass Sales Pro at 888-356-5844 for more information on these and other products for flipped classroom use.

 

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