FREE resource to help you flip your classroom or make better use of in-class videos!
WHAT IS A FLIPPED CLASSROOM?
The idea of the flipped classroom is that students undertake the "lecture" portion of a lesson at home so that in-class time can be more productively used for teacher directed practice and individual instruction. The rise of educational video on the internet is what has made the flipped classroom a reality for millions of students. Simply put, students watch a video such as one from Crash Course or Khan Academy for their homework, and then they attend class the next day much more ready to practice skills and learn.
THE MAJOR DRAWBACK TO THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM
The problem with "flipping" your classroom, of course, is that it can be difficult to hold students truly accountable for watching the required videos. If they think there is no accountability, some students won't watch them, and then they *won't* arrive at class ready to learn.
THE SOLUTION CAN BE THIS FREE RESOURCE
I have made a simple note-taking chart designed for use with videos up to twelve minutes long. The majority of Khan Academy and Crash Course videos are within this limit.
The worksheet is set up so that students will need to pay attention to the assigned video and take notes in 30-second blocks. Students are required to jot down observations in each block, which means they can't let 4 or 5 minutes pass without writing anything because there was "nothing to take notes on" -- an excuse we've probably all heard.
The instructions stress -- and teachers can certainly emphasize -- that in order to fill all the blocks, students may need to watch the assigned video twice, not just once.
The idea is to do everything possible to maximize student exposure to the assigned video, as well as careful observation of it.
NOT JUST FOR FLIPPED CLASSROOMS
Of course, there's no reason you can't also use this note-taking chart with short video content viewed in class.
POSSIBLE USES OF THIS HANDY VIDEO NOTE-TAKING CHART
--Assign and collect the next day, glancing through them to see who has completed the assignment. Award gradebook points, etc. to encourage continued improvement in doing homework.
--Assign, then the next day, provide students with a quiz on the video they watched. Allow students to use their notetaking sheets to answer the quiz questions. The idea here is to motivate students not to simply *watch* the assigned videos, but to take better and better notes that will help them on the quizzes that frequently follow. After the quiz, collect both the note-taking quiz and the quiz sheets for grading.
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Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 1-5 -- From Native Americans and the Spaniards to the Seven Years War and the Great Awakening
Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 6-10 -- From Taxes and Smuggling: Prelude to the American Revolution to Thomas Jefferson's Democracy
Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 11-15 -- From the War of 1812 to 19th-Century Reform Movements
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Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 1-5
Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 6-10
Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 11-15
Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 16-20
Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 21-25
Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 26-30
Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 31-35
Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 36-40
Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 41-45
Crash Course Government Quizzes / Worksheets for Episodes 46-50
Thanks for reading this far! I hope this free resource helps you use video content more effectively, even perhaps to the point of flipping your classroom!