Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Start Flipping Now, With Videos Online.


If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

“I don’t know how to make videos.”
“I don’t have the time to record and edit every lesson.”
 “I don’t have the equipment or the budget to do this.”

Okay fine.  There are thousands of videos already out there on the web that will provide the information you need to convey to your students for the purpose of a flipped lesson.  All you need to do is find the right bank of videos that will fit your classroom environment and the needs of your students to start the process.  Once you have created a flipped environment in your classroom it will be easier for you to begin slowly integrating your own video pieces into the curriculum.  How great is it that you have the opportunity to bring experts from all over the world into your classroom curriculum and share knowledge from great scientific minds at the flip of a mouse or a swipe of a touch screen.

Here are some online video resources for you to begin flipping your science classroom.

How do you calculate Boyle’s Law?  What are the three major classifications of Rock?  How do you draw a ray diagram for lenses?  If you need a video on it, you can probably find it on Kahn Academy.  This is the brainchild of Salman Kahn, who believes in a free education for all by letting video recreate education. Educators can register, set up classes and monitor student progress through the platform and create assessments to challenge students to complete the standards before moving on to the next level.

iTunes U opens up your classroom to thousands of ready-made courses, college lecture series, and online courses.  Educators can use the course manager iTunes software to develop their own courses or use the vast iTunes libraries to enhance their current courses.

TED Talks   http://www.ted.com
                                       Like the TED saying claims “Ideas Worth Sharing”.  TED provides opportunities for educators to introduce their students to the future.  To hear how great minds think and to discover the possibilities that are on the horizon.  TED brings experts into your classroom or students homes without the cost of speakers or planning field trips.  Basically educators are limited only by their own imaginations. Imagine the possibilities.

TED Ed   http://ed.ted.com
TED Ed is TED’s version of the educator portal.  The TED Ed site provides educators the opportunity to create online classrooms and assessment opportunities to hold students accountable for viewing online videos.  The TED Ed site allows educators to use any TED Ed video, TED lecture or YouTube video.  Educators can utilize multiple choice and short answer questions, additional resources and going further options to create flipped lessons.
                                       If it is not on Kahn Academy it will definitely be found on You Tube.  You Tube has it all from the best to the worst. Using the spotlight feature, educators can develop lessons and assessment opportunities for videos found in the You Tube portal.  However It may be more effective for both the educator and students to utilize the url address or embed codes to add specific You Tube videos to your current website, blog or LMS.  There is also the option of utilizing You Tube videos in the TED Ed platform.  

 Teacher Tube   http://www.teachertube.com
This is You Tube for education.  This site provides many video options without the fear of appropriateness for your students. Educators can share videos from a vast library of subjects including professional development videos for educators.

Socratic   http://socratic.org
 Socratic is a relative new comer to the online media library war.  Socratic is currently only has videos for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but recently opened up math portals for Organic Chemistry and Calculus.  The site is well organized into subject content topics and sub-categories for each topic.   

Favorite You Tube Channels

Paul Anderson brings twenty years of teaching and technology expertise from Bozeman, Montana and into your classroom through the Bozeman Science Channel on You Tube.  Anderson does an outstanding job of explain topics in biology, Anatomy, chemistry, earth science, physics as well as gamification in the science classroom.  

Hank Green brings his wit and wisdom to each and every video creates by the Crash Course team as he provides overviews of the key concepts of biology, chemistry and ecology.  These videos are fast paced and have great graphics to correlate to both the story behind the concept and the concept itself.

Got only a minute or two and need a quick explanation of a key concept in science.  Visit Minute Earth and watch these animated RSA style explosions of information.  They information seems over simplified but the concepts and learning are clear and concise.

What Minute Earth does for the rest of science, Minute Physics does for the field of Physics. The animations are great and both you and your student’s minds will be engaged.

Do you need a demonstration?  It is probably on Sick Science. Steve Spangler has an incredible library or demonstrations, lab simulations and down right ultra cool science in action.  These videos are excellent discussion starters and provide great opportunities for students to think critically and to explain science phenomena.

V-Sauce is a man on a mission and that mission is exploring the world of science and sharing it with all of us through the Veritasium You Tube channel. This incredible bank of videos opens up a treasure trove of thought provoking and fascinating topics in all avenues of science.  The learning goes beyond the science as the explanations tie in the history and politics that are woven into the understanding of the scientific phenomena.

The ultimate channel for all things chemistry from Nottingham University in England. There is a video about each element on the periodic table. Each week a new video is uploaded concerning science news, interesting molecules and other stuff from the world of chemistry. The featured narrator is a cross between, Doc Brown meets Albert Einstein as a proper English Gentleman.

This list is a great starting point for you to begin searching what is already out there and available for you to use.  Explore, explore, explore!  Find a site or two that fits your teaching style and the needs of your students.  Use a couple of different sites to create levels based upon student levels and abilities.  Provide options for true differentiation and allow students to explore these options as well as other sites and channels that may serve the needs of all of the students in your classroom. 

The possibilities are endless!!! Imagine the possibilities!!!

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