Flip your Classroom: Screencast-O-Matic

Hello Hello friends!

Thank GOODNESS that the world is just FILLED with ways to improve education using technology.
It gives me a reason to procrastinate my laundry and write more blog posts for my fellow friends.

This past summer I attended a wonderful professional development seminar. What made it wonderful was that the 10 campuses in my district, elementary, middle, and high school came together to learn from each other. Teachers signed up and presented various classes and we could attend whatever we desired. It was mind-blowing and meant so much to see my fellow colleagues show off their skills.

If you know my personality and my passion for all things techy (real word pinky promise),
I had to attend a flipped classroom session and I am so glad that I did.
A high school teacher demonstrated how to flip his classroom and create tutorials.
He demonstrated  how to create tutorials by flipping his PD in the process.

Here is the video:

I was SO EXCITED to learn how to flip my classroom!
I am a 3rd grade Texas teacher so STAAR is definitely stressing myself, the kids, and their parents out.
At the age of 24, I have already found a few gray hairs and I 100% contribute them to state testing.
There needed to be a way for parents to understand the questioning that kids see on STAAR.

With state testing around the corner, the copy machine goes into overdrive. As teachers, we can panic and think that spiral reviewing equals worksheets for the kids or centers. I needed a time effective way to get the information to them and in a way that would keep them more engaged.

This week we had a snow day…ain’t nobody got time for that!
The STAAR test is coming and there was not any time to waste.

So I posted this to our classroom Twitter:
Just to test out the kids reposes to flipping the class.

To read how not only my classroom, but entire district uses Twitter as our main form of communication…Click {HERE}
I was SO excited with how many responses I received via, Twitter, Class Dojo, and Email. 
It just solidified that parents DO want to help their child, they just need the equipment to guide them.
Here are two of the tutorials that I created for my kids using similar STAAR questions:
My videos look funny because I forgot to drag and drop around the video. 
You can view the proper way to run a powerpoint –> {HERE}
My goal as we get ready for ours state test is to create a bunch of questions like the ones shown above. 
I would love for my kids to watch the video as part of their morning math routine, then answer the second question on a sheet of notebook paper. 
I can either chirp out the link to them or post it as an assignment in Edmodo. 
We’ll meet on the carpet for whole group and discuss any questions they had after watching the video and check their work on the board together. 
I have done similar tutorials in the past, but this is the first using it before the state test. I am hoping this will keep them more engaged. Heck, I am hoping this will keep ME more engaged! 
What do you think? Does the tutorial seem easy?! 
Have you ever tried video tutorials? 
I would just LOVE it if you tagged me if you created a video using Screencast-O-Matic! 


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3 Comment

  1. Reply
    Julie Smith
    March 8, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Great post, Amber!!
    The Techie Teacher

  2. Reply
    Jennifer Kimbrell
    March 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I use video a lot! It really helps teachers and students.

  3. Reply
    Sandy Cangelosi
    March 10, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Thank you for sharing, Amber. I have this app but haven't used it yet.

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