Musings from a high school Teacher
I's been 2 weeks of classes and my first real attempt at flipping in an academic core course. The pace of creating video is tough, but the feedback is worth the work. By having a video under 3 minutes everyday, so much class time has been made available. We have done some really great hands-on and collaborative work. The students are presenting, and we are doing labs all at a rate that would not happen without putting a portion of the lecture in video format to be watched ahead of time.
I know that is just the beginning of flipping, and it has really allowed for the activities part of flipping. Students are still buying into the video watching before class. It is creating a culture, and they are pretty good at monitoring each other. Having a video review for a minute at the beginning of class is starting to force the trend and is working well. I might still be in the honeymoon phase of the semester, but I am really optimistic that this blended style of learning is going to really change my science course. Students like the Remind 101 aspect of the course and have come to anticipate the videos. If they have a night where there is no video, I hear about it!
My video production time is getting better but it is not a fast endeavor. A two minute video takes about 2 hours. Being able to upload a transcript for my international students and my hearing impaired students is pretty awesome.
I spend a fair amount of time for each of my classes writing, filming, and editing videos. Time is the con for sure; the pro's are a gargantuan list. I hope to have some EA feedback this semester, as I have one EA in my class. It will be interesting to hear it from a different perspective.
Striving to explore flip: explain in order to engage!