This year, 6th grade Science is going to be very different. We are going to flip the class. This means that students will be getting the Direct Instruction at home as homework via lecture videos @ www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/mri. Removing the Direct Instruction from the classroom means that the work students would normally do at home or “homework” will now be done in class. This is a paradigm shift in the way we think about school, homework, teachers and student responsibilities. The teacher will no longer stand in front of students and deliver content; this is something students can get at home via lecture videos. Instead, the teacher will be available to answer student questions as they work to process the information.
Please be aware that flipping this class does NOT mean that this is now an online class. It simply means that the Direct Instruction will be done via videos. It does mean that there will be increased interaction between the students and the teacher. Because of this, students will be more responsible for their own learning.
Flipping Education Resource Links:
- WatchKnowLearn is a curated aggregator of online educational content. Every person that links or uploads a video to WatchKnowLearn is vetted before they are approved. This means the content here is more likely to be useful. If you find a video elsewhere on the internet, chances are good that you can link to it here and include it in your Classroom playlist. WatchKnowLearn is where I suggest you should start.
- YouTube Edu: YouTube has a separate website where all of the channels had to be approved by Google to be included. There is even a separate section called YouTube for Schools where schools can sign up to allow YouTube Edu content and block regular YouTube content, because, evidently there is some inappropriate content on YouTube. Did you know that?
- ShowMe and Educreations have lots of great iPad educational screencasts.
- Khan Academy has the highest quantity of original videos, however, their entertainment score is low.
- tedED has high quality, animated educational content.
- edX is really more geared toward full lecture courses and, while very awesome, probably will be less useful to Flipping Educators.
- Knowmia is another aggregator of online educational content and they have been working hard recently to better curate their videos.
- NeoK12 is an aggregator of online educational content that I don't have much experience. I would be interested to know what people think of it.
- LessonPaths is a way to make and share playlists that include videos and other types of content as well. (MentorMob.Edu changed their name to LessonPaths.)
- Socratic.org is a great website if you teach Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Calculus.
- Bozeman Biology (changed to Bozeman Science) for Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Bite Sci-zed for weekly Bite Sci-zed chunks of science
Science Geeks is geared toward middle school science
- BBC Science (Good Collection of Flip Videos)