Flipping the science classroom

Welcome to flipped week! We canvassed Glogster EDU Ambassadors to see how they are incorporating the flipped classroom approach in their teaching practice, and this week we’re sharing their techniques with you. Today, Cindy Willits, 5th grade teacher at PA Virtual Charter School, describes how she uses Glogster EDU in her science curriculum.

I do science labs with my students online, record the Elluminate (BB Collaborate) session, and put the link to the recording on the Glog. I also use videos of the entire lab broken down and attach lab sheets, etc. on the Glog to offer students the chance to do the lab on their own at home.  These Glogs also serve as a resource for next year!  

Here is my favorite Glog utilizing this approach for science:  

Be sure to click on the Elluminate session link in Cindy’s Glog above. The energy and enthusiasm she brings to her virtual lab is so inspiring!

Those who work in non-virtual schools could provide a video Glog as pre-lab work for students to watch at home, so that they come to class the next day ready to jump right in. Or Glogs could serve as guides for at-home labs, as enrichment activities or extra credit.

What do you think about this flipped approach to science labs? Have you incorporated similar strategies in your own classroom? Please share!
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  1. Cindy — Very nice glog for students to review prior to the Elluminate session. I like how the videos are in short segments. You did a great job of being compassionate with the students having audio difficulty while moving on with your lesson. How are students provided with the materials for the lab? Are they responsible for gathering their own supplies or does the virtual school assist in some way?

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    • Cindy Willits

       /  March 20, 2012

      Thanks for the positive feedback! Our students utilize the K12 curriculum for their academics with our virtual school so they have access to the lab sheets and questions that will be reviewed. I have now been downloading them as PDF docuements and have been adding them to the glogs so they have “no excuse” for not having them. The materials for the science lessons, on the other hand, are simply listed on the lab documents and for the most part they need to collect those themselves. Some of the special items are supplied by K12, but things like making the salt dough, having rocks and mulch, etc for this watershed lab – that was all up to them to gather.
      I always send them a “recipe” sheet the week before so they gather the items and have them ready to do with me on classes. Or somethings they attend, watch the lab, and then are inspired to gather the materials and actually conduct the lab on their own.

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  2. I utilize Glogsters to help flip my classroom by assigning links, video clips, podcasts, lessons/lectures, and assignments on them. The students come to class ready to complete the assignments having watched, previewed, and discussed the material with their parents. This is a great way to keep parents in the loop of what and how you are teaching the material. :-)

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    • Jennifer, Glogster EDU

       /  March 20, 2012

      That’s a great point! With a flipped classroom, parents get the opportunity to learn right alongside their children.

      I’ve heard many educators point to the flipped model’s reliance on students’ self direction and parental guidance as one of its major limitations…but others point out that those limitations will be there no matter what learning model is being used.

      For those students who are fortunate enough to have both self motivation and supportive parents on their side, the sky is the limit.

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