Recording Lessons For Independent Work

Here is an example of a recorded page from SmartNotebook. This is something that seems more difficult than it is and take very little time to do.

If you don’t want to upload it to Youtube and then post it on a blog, it is also possible to save a file saved to your computer and paste it into a shared drive or individual z drives for students to access at school.

Creating videos for students to review lessons or introduce them to concepts can also easly be done on and iPad with a screencasting app like Explain Everything. The three types of movies below could also be done by students as a way to show their understanding of a concept or teaching other students.

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Flipping the classroom does not mean that work has to be sent home to do at home. It can mean doing things differently in the classroom.

Infographics as Teaching Tools

Infographics are a great way to present information in a colorful and eye catching format. There are sites where it is possible to find ready made infographics, although most of the ones that I have seen are geared for college students and other adults, and it is also possible to create your own. This Are Vs Our is my first attempt and I did it by copying and pasting from images on the web onto a word document. What if students were to look at and study this infographic and then look for examples in the book they are reading or look for correct and incorrect uses in their own writing? Would this be an effective tool? Feel free to try it out with your class.

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Here is a page from a page from a site that gives more information on infographics that I found helpful. See what you think and possibly give it a go. What are your thoughts about having students create infographics to show understanding of concepts, comparisons, or information from different subject areas?

Using VoiceThread

VoiceThread is an amazing web tool that allows for students and teachers to share ideas, projects, and lessons with others. Word documents, electronic presentations, photographs, videos, laptop camera files, basically any file that can be uploaded from your computer or downloaded from the web can become part of a VoiceThread project.

I think that one of the most powerful features of this web tool is the ability for others to record thoughts as feedback. Check out the four examples below of different uses of VoiceThread.

An English teacher shares an essay and elicits responses.

Color Poems are recorded and supported with images.

Presenting a math lesson on using a protractor that was made with SmartNotebook and then uploaded to VoiceThread.

Uploading political cartoons to create reflection and discussion.