Tools for Teachers
A flipped classroom requires the use of a variety of media tools such as videos, audios, blogs, etc. It also requires tools to create, record and share original content. This page includes suggestions for tools that may be used in creating a flipped classroom as well as existing tools that may be utilized.
Sources for Educational Videos
- WatchKnowLearn.org - WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 33,000+ educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available free to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7. Users may search for videos by subject and age level and titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. The web site also invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers.
- Khan Academy - The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available completely free of charge. Khan Academy, the leader in developing the flipped classroom model, offers a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history, and offers hundreds of practice exercises.
- TED-Ed - A vast video library filled with educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators. TED-Ed also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and create customized lessons around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their use by students and the public.
- YouTube EDU - YouTube EDU offers an great variety and large quantity of short lessons from top teachers around the world as well as the ability to upload content which can be viewed anywhere, at anytime, by anyone. YouTube enables teachers to enrich classroom lessons. Here is a New York Times article dated March , 2012 discussing it at length: "YouTube Subtracts Racy and Raucous to Add a Teaching Tool"
- DailyMotion.com - offers 34 different channels for instructional, entertainment and religious programming.
- Teacher Tube - provides an online community for sharing instructional videos with more educationally focused, a safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. Teachers can access the site at anytime or anywhere for professional development with teachers teaching teachers. Teachers may also post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.
- Backpack TV - is a library of academic videos from across the web. You can browse for videos by subject, topic, and video duration. Backpack TV has also organized videos according to content providers. Additionally, the videos have been selected and tagged by a team of high school and college students.
- 60second Recap - has a goal to make great works of literature accessible, relevant, and irresistible to today’s teens. Through video albums, the site seeks to help teens engage with the best books out there and help them build better lives. The site also encourages teachers and students to create their own reviews of literature.
- Flipped Learning-EdUVision This video streaming platform provides a variety of videos created mostly by well known middle and high school teachers in a high-quality media environment with a controlled setting that demonstrates a commitment to responsible use of cutting-edge technologies. Videos are searchable by creator as well as subject area.
- Snag Learning - is dedicated to highlighting high quality, award-winning documentaries that make for engaging educational tools - for free. SnagLearning features carefully selected films from SnagFilms’ award-winning library of over 2,000 documentaries that are appropriate for students from middle school and up. Titles cover nearly every classroom subject and many are produced by well-known educational sources, including PBS and National Geographic.
- Sophia.org - sponsored by Capella University, this social education platform offers 21st century students more than 25,000 free lessons in more than 8 subject areas.
- Teachingchannel.org - A database of inspiring and effective teaching practices with a rapidly growing community of more than 25,000 registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other. The goal of TeachingChannel is to revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other to improve the outcomes for all K-12 students across America.
Tools to Create and Share Original Content
- Jarnal - Jarnal is an open-source application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal, making a presentation, annotating a document - including pdf - or collaborating using a stylus, mouse or keyboard.
- Jing by TechSmith - Jing allows you to video the activities taking place on your computer. You can video what you see on your computer, moderate the process and then post it online or email a link to students.
- Recordmp3.org - a free and simple tool for creating MP3 recordings to post online.
- Windows Snipping Tool - You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image. Available on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- JellyCam - a free stop-motion movie maker can be used in classroom create a time-lapse videos of such as that of a lengthy process. For instance, use JellyCam for taking pictures of a seed growing over a period of time for a time-lapse stop-motion video of the process.
- Mailvu.com - This easy to use product allinnoeafows teachers aInnnd students to create videos from webcams and to email them for free.
- Vidcaster - allows teachers to create their own branded video channels and audio casts. A limited version is available for free.
- Soundboard - This free site allows you to find, download and share more than 400,000 sounds in over 20 categories from sports to games, history to radio, TV and more. These sounds may be helpful in making your materials more engaging.
- Free Info Society - this website offers free graphics and articles to enhance your content.
- Museum Syndicate - A Virtual Museum Featuring 66,757 Images of Art and History, all for free!
- SoundBible - Free Sound Clips, Sound Bites, and Sound Effects to enhance your content.
- 10 Ways to create videos without installing software - A great article from Free Technologies for Teachers
- How to Make a Flipped Class Video with Someone Across the Country - A great article from Jon Bergmann about creating collaborative videos.
- CourseSites.com - This classroom course website enables teachers to post their classroom materials online for use directly by students. This is a free site created by Blackboard.
- Innolea - Link and Embed a Specific Part of YouTube Videos so you can play video from a specific time, somewhere in the middle- to skip the introduction or other boring part of a video.