The other day I was asked how my classroom flipping was going, I mumbled something back and decided that I had better get at it before more inquiries come my way. You see, I had sort of promised some of my fellow teachers that I would have some of my instruction "flipped" by the time school started up again (which is now only two weeks away). By the way, flipping an elementary lesson is different than a typical flip. Instead of doing screencasts for students to watch as homework, the screencasts are used instead to differentiate class-time instructions so that students can do at their own pace.
So I looked at my lesson plan book and picked a typical lesson to try and flip. The lesson I picked was on adding transitions to a Powerpoint slide show, it is part of my third grade tech lessons. So to flip the lesson I knew I had to do a screencast of my lesson. That was when things started to go downhill. First, I needed some type of screen capture software, I soon found out the free and cheap ones where horrible and the good ones were expensive ($100 plus).
After chewing on it for a few days and cursing the day I decided to flip my classroom, it hit me.
I decided to use the Atomic Learning account, which is full of short little screen casts and just assign those to my students. Flipping made easy -- 10 minutes later I had flipped my lesson and moved onto lesson two. Assigning screencasts in Atomic Learning is easy as it gets. So if you get caught in the world of flipping and you don't know where to turn, just do a search in Atomic Learning and chances are you'll find the tech lesson you need.
But keep this on the down-low please, I still want credit for flipping my lessons.
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School