If you are flipping your classroom and trying to find tools to record your lessons, then have a look at Quick Time Player. If you are a Mac user, you already have Quick Time Player installed on your computer.
Go to Launch Pad
Click on Quick Time Player and open it.
Go to File and choose the way you want to record your lesson. You can record as audio, you can record yourself while explaining or you can record the screen, a Power Point, a document,etc while explaining your lesson.
You can then go to “share” and share your recording with your students.You can choose Google Drive or your YouTube channel. You can add your video on Google Forms and assign your tasks there or Blendspace will be a great platform for the lesson.
Hope this will save time and energy 🙂
“I have a mixed ability class and some of the students refuse to respond to the lessons whereas some are highly motivated and some of them join us when they feel they can do” Isn’t this a common problem for teachers? People learn better when they want to learn. I agree that teachers can only open the door, but the learners must walk through it themselves. (Chinese proverb)
However, a teacher’s task is to make every move to reach as many students as she has in the class. I know this is sometimes very hard and sometimes it is even harder.
I love my job because it is a great way of keeping my mind active. When something fails in my class, I force myself to find a way to change the things. That’s why I love Action Research. I ask myself questions, try to collect data and then try to find a solution.
I have a typical mixed ability class of 9th graders this year and they are forcing me to read and learn more. From September to December, I tried games, songs, group works, pair works but only a small group responded well. I had been reading about flipped classroom and listening to colleagues, who were practicing it successfully. I also wanted to try it and see if it would work with a mixed-ability class or not.
I told them from time to time, we would change the roles and they would be the teachers in the class in the next lesson but I also told them that they would come to the class prepared.
-I created an online noticeboard on Blendspace and added a powerpoint presentation I created, a YouTube video, some exercises.
-I gave the link of the noticeboard on their class blog.
-I described their tasks. They had to learn how to compare things.
-In the classroom, I divided them in groups of three as their level of English beforehand so that each group was formed of mixed ability students. I told them they had to teach how to compare in English to each other. I also told them to use their mobile phones and record their voices while working together and then send me the recordings. I walked and monitored them while they were working. I sometimes stopped and helped them when they needed my help.
-They prepared a poster with the rules.
-I told them to stop and share what they had learned. Every student in the groups explained a rule.
-They prepared a short exercise. They did the exercises they prepared.
-Then they participated a game I created. We played tic-tac-toe.
-The students gave their feedback. I used todaysmeet to get their feedback. They said they liked the way we did the lesson and they enjoyed using their mobile phones in the lesson.
Flipped Classroom, Blended Learning, techy tools … These have been in our lives for a few years. Everyday we come across with a new tool, a new site a new idea that we can use in our classes.
I just discovered the following tools and I’m planning to give them a try in the New Year.
#1 Buncee is another web-based content creation tool. You can add in photos, videos, audio, text, drawings and more. You can ask your students to create their projects on Buncee or you can create your lessons online.
#2 Todaysmeet is another tool that I’ll try in 2014. TodaysMeet gives you a room where you can connect with your audience. Your audience doesn’t have to register or know anything about technology. You can create a room and decide how long it will be open for. You can ask a question and ask your students answer it before you start a lesson, it can be used to brainstorm or after reading a book, story or watching a movie, you can ask your students to give their opinion or discuss certain questions or even play trivia pursuit in class if you have iPads or a computer lab in the school.
#3 Edcanvas is now Blendspace and is another web-based content creation tool. You can add content from the web or your desktop directly so you can add a powerpoint or a pdf file easily to your canvas. Once finished, you can share it, embed it or print it.
#4 Journal Jar is a site that I’m planning to use as a warm-up tool or it may even come handy when I finish early. On the site, you’ll see a jar. When you click “shake”, you’ll be given a writing topic. You can set time limits and ask your students to write short paragraphs until you shake the jar for the next question or tell them they will speak for a minute on the given topic.
#5 Padlet, AKA wallwisher, an old friend with new features, an online noticeboard where you can add your ideas on little sticky notes and then print out the document or save it as a pdf file on your computer.
Vintage Everyday is a site I came across via Read.Now.Learn.Go, a fabulous site updated almost everyday, full of links to very interesting sites that you can use in the class.
I was thinking about an activity that my students could do before we start working on narrative tenses in the class and this is my plan
Go to Vintage Everyday
Choose a photo of the week we are in
Describe the picture answering the following questions
- When was this photo taken?
- How was the weather?
- What was happening when this photo was taken?
- What had happened before the photo was taken?
You can use the following words
After, before, while, as, when, as soon as
Then answer the followings
- Which sentence tells that something happened before the photograph was taken?
- Which sentence tells that something happened at the time the photo was taken?
- Which sentence describes the weather?
Note: My students are teenagers and their level is B2
I blogged about Google apps that I was planning to use this year but while chatting with some colleagues the other day, I realized there are still a lot of people who need help with some digital tools that may help reduce their workload.
I used to email lesson plans and worksheets to myself in order to continue to work on them. Then I discovered some really cool tools. Google applications are great for being a practical teacher.
Let’s start from very beginning:
Using Google drive is a good idea instead of writing a document on word at school and then email it to yourself to continue your work at home.
If you set up a Google account you will see some icons on the top right corner of your screen. One of them is the Google drive. Just click on the drive and you will see a red CREATE button on the left corner of the screen. If you click on CREATE, you will se a list of apps that you can use for many things. You can make these files private for yourself or share it with your colleagues or students for collaborations.
I will start with Google document. It works just as “word” works. You can invite others to work on the document. It is great for collaborative writing, for instance. Once you finish, you can save it as word document, pdf or some other formats.
The next app that I will suggest is the Google presentation. It also works as a very familiar tool, the power point. You can add images and texts and ask others to add their ideas on slides. It can also work as a collaborative vocabulary notebook, a collaborative storybook, etc.
Another tool for a complete beginner is the Google form. Google Form is a useful tool, send a survey, give students a quiz, or collect information.