Flipped Learning

I have a crush on Zaption

I’m taking a break from writing about portfolios for this brief interlude on Zaption.

Zaption Window

This past week in school, my co-teacher and I wanted to have the students watch some clips of the Canada A People’s History documentary. Instead of using my precious time in class for this watching, we flipped the learning for the week, having them watch the vids at home as homework and then we could take the facts, key ideas, and big understandings they gleaned from the clips and pushed their thinking to the next level while together. The whole process was made a bagillion times better because of my new friend, Zaption.

I basically just added the Youtube clip into the Zaption editor and then I could add specific multiple choice questions, ¬†short answer responses, key ideas, and other such goodies right into the clip, so it interrupts the flow and gentle encourages students to actually THINK about what they are watching. It’s an awesome way to ensure your students are not only watching their homework, but also understanding it too.

This is one of the “tours” I created for my class.

Another yummy feature is that you can then get the data from each student viewing, getting a quick snapshot of class understanding.

Analytics

I imagine you could use Zaption for summative¬†assessment if set up properly, as well as the way I’m currently using it as a form of formative assessment. I’m even wondering if this is something that my¬†students¬†could take ownership of and set up tours of key stories / themes in history, guiding their classmates through their learning and thinking.¬†

It’s a tasty new tool that I had to plug before we all start planning our next few months of school. Give Zaption a whirl if you include¬†any film watching in your learning!

Oh the connections…

One of the happy surprises from embarking on this research has been how my colleagues have started to reach out and share resources that relate to flipped instruction. One of my fellow teachers sent this article on to me and it has potentially sparked something magical!

teaching now

Another project for me this year has been launching a literacy professional learning committee at school. It’s a slow, grassroots effort, but something is blossoming nonetheless. When considering how to share the best practices and incredible writing instruction already occurring in our Junior School, a lightbulb went off: we can flip that instruction too! One of the most certain universal truths about being a teacher is that we are busy! Our PD meetings through the year are almost entirely booked up by August and it’s hard for some teachers to take time away from their families to attend PD workshops. So, our literacy PLC is considering how we could share findings about effective writing instruction through a flipped instruction approach.

I’m not sure whether the clips will be ready by the end of the April (perhaps closer to June for the start of the 2013-2014 school year), but it’s an exciting¬†addendum to this year-long adventure in flipped instruction.

The learning never really ends!