Flipped Classroom Edtech Resources. A Collection of Video Lesson Customization Tools.

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Flipping Classrooms is an increasingly popular teaching practice that involves teachers providing students with a video lesson to watch at home, then going over the learning material through an activity the next day in the classroom. The advantage of having students watch the lecture at home so that teachers have more time in the classroom to help students with activities and provide them with personal one-on-one help.

I first learned about flipped classrooms late in 2011 through the blog postings of Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann. They were both science teachers who had their students watch lessons at home and then work on hands-on science activities the next day. Working on these activities in the classroom allowed the teachers to give students more personal one-on-one help than if they were to do it at home.

Today I share edtech resources that help teachers create and customize their own video lessons. Making them more interactive by inserting discussion prompts, multiple-choice questions, images, or video. These resources also give teachers and students access to an online library of video lessons from other teachers.

Here are some edtech tools and resources that can help you get started:

Vialogues
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What this Resource Includes: Video Lesson Library, Video Lesson Customization
Grade Level: Any
Audience: Teachers & Learners
Platform: Web-based
Price: Free
What it does well: Vialogues is an educational video platform that encourages discussions around specific points in a video. The platform utilizes time-stamped comments. This feature is great for encouraging discussions about different parts of a video lesson. Teachers can use videos from several different sources. They can upload their own video, or use an existing video from YouTube, Vimeo, or Vialogues. After uploading a video to Vialogues, teachers can add their own comments to encourage discussion. They can also add multiple-choice assessment questions or polls to gather students’ feedback. A nifty feature is the timeline graph with every video that shows how many comments were made at a specific point in a video. Vialogues has a vast library of education-related videos. This makes it a safe for students to explore the other videos on the site. 

EduCanon
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What this Resource Includes: Video Lesson Library, Video Lesson Customization
Grade Level: Any
Audience: Teachers & Learners
Platform: Web-based
Price: Free
What it does well: Educanon is a video platform that allows teachers to insert questions or different types of media into specific points in a video lesson. Much like Vialogues teachers can upload videos from YouTube or other similar sites. Teachers are able to customize a video lesson so that it will automatically pause when a question or media is set to appear. They can also monitor their students’ activities (views or answers to questions) on a video lesson.

ShowMe

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What this Resource Includes: Video Lesson Library, Video Lesson Customization
Grade Level: Any
Audience: Teachers & Learners
Platform: iPad, Web-based
Price: Freemium
What it does well: ShowMe is an iPad app that allows teachers to create their own lesson and have access to a library of teacher-created lessons. Teachers are able to use the app like a whiteboard and draw out their lesson. They can also add their own images to the lesson. They can also record their voice. This app is ideal for math teachers who want to create their own lessons for students to watch at any time. Users can also visit the website and peruse the library of video lessons.

EDpuzzle

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What this Resource Includes: Video Cropping, Video Lesson Library, Video Lesson Customization
Grade Level: Any
Audience: Teachers & Learners
Platform: Web-based
Price: Free
What it does well: EDpuzzle enables teachers to take a video lesson and embed questions throughout the video. What is unique about EDpuzzle is that teachers are able to crop sections of any video. With this feature teachers can pick out small chunks of a video and assign them to their students.
For more edtech resources for flipped classrooms check out the Flipped Classroom Edtech Resources Pinterest board (which will always be updated with new resources):

Do you know any other edtech resources for flipped classrooms that aren’t listed? Comment below and share with the rest of the class!

Tinker Tailor Edtech Resources

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Do you like working with your hands? Want to learn how to build or create useful items that you can utilize in your everyday life? Are you a do-it-yourself (DIY) type of person? Then check out some of these online tools that can teach you how!

Most learning apps involve users staring at a screen and interacting with a device, be it a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or a phone. The edtech resources in today’s post encourage learners to take some time off from the screens and work on projects that will get their hands dirty and get their creative juices flowing.

The do-it-yourself projects that these resources contain have a lot of learning potential. Learners can gain and build up very useful soft skills like problem solving, experimentation, planning, and creativity. These skills can be applied to subjects such as science, engineering, math, and the arts. Teachers who implement project-based learning may find many of these online tools useful to use in the classroom. Parents can also use these tools to find activities they can do with their children that promote learning and team work.

Here are a few DIY edtech resources to get you started:

DIY
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Subjects: Art, Engineering
What this Resource has: Video Tutorials, Online Community, Badges
Grade Level: K-8
Audience: Learners
Platform: Web based
Price: Free
What it does well: This website provides a great video tutorial library for projects, and a supportive online community. One interesting feature is DIY’s badge system, which rewards it’s users when they upload the finished product of their project.

Craftsy
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Subjects: Art
What this Resource has: Online Courses
Audience: Learners
Platform: Web based
Price: Prices vary on each course
What it does well: Craftsy provides a great collection of online lessons for topics such as sewing, cooking, gardening, and more.

Bare Conductive
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Subjects: Electrical Engineering, Circuitry
What this Resource has: Electrical project ideas, Circuit tools
Audience: Learners
Platform: Web based
Price: Prices for tools vary, but project ideas are free on the website!
What it does well: Bare Conductive is an interesting website that sells a conductive electric paint and other materials needed to build circuits. It also provides great step by step project ideas that mixes arts and crafts with electrical circuits.

Makey Makey
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Subjects: Electrical Engineering
What this Resource has: Online Courses, Circuit Kits
Audience: Learners
Platform: Web based
Price: Subscription based (monthly), prices depend on project.
What it does: MaKey MaKey sells invention kits for anyone interested in creating new electrical inventions with a control pad and alligator clips. The site is based on research at MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten.

For more DIY online learning resources check out the DIY, Arts and Craft Edtech Pinterest board (which will always be updated with new resources):

Do you know any other do-it-yourself edtech resources that aren’t listed? Comment below and share with the rest of the class!