Going to Be Absent? Flip the Classroom! (Using QuickTime Player and YouTube)
Type of technology: Video
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: All Secondary Grade Levels
Subject area: All Subjects
Don’t Let Your Students Miss Out Even When You Are!
Overview: Often times when we have to be out of the classroom (either due to a professional development, sickness, or other obligation) our students end up missing a day of content as well. By using QuickTime Player and YouTube, you can still give your lesson without actually being there!
“How To” Instructions: Record (QuickTime Player), Upload (YouTube), Sub Plan
Record (QuickTime Player): When you are ready to record, click QuickTime Player and then click File at the top. You have two options when you record yourself. One is to do a “New Movie Recording.” This option allows the audience to see your face and anything you want to hold up and show in the video. My personal preference is to do the second option of clicking “New Screen Recording.” This will only show your computer’s screen and not your face. This way you can show EDU, a PDF of the worksheet they will refer to, or play a PowerPoint for them to take notes. It takes a couple of practice videos to get comfortable talking to a computer, but once you do it a few times you can do your lesson in one take.
Upload (YouTube): Once your video is recorded, make sure you save it on your computer in an easy place to find and that it is labeled simply. Go to YouTube (you will need to make an account if you have not already done so) and then click Upload in the upper right hand corner. Simply drop in your video file and let it upload. When the upload is complete you can put the link on EDU for the students to click on or you can save the video to your favorites and make it easy for the sub to find by using your Apple TV.
Sub Plan: Before your sub day, you will need to do a little set up. This includes recording yourself giving the lesson and then uploading it on YouTube. Once your upload is complete, your substitute will be able to access your video without having to mirror using your own iPad. They will be able to access it through the AppleTV in your class. Below is an example of my sub plans:
“Have students take out their notebooks. Turn on TV and use Apple TV clicker to click on “YouTube” (way at the bottom of the apps). Click “email@example.com” and then click “My Videos.” Then play “Kilroy Science December 4, 2014” video to play. You may need to pause video for kids to write notes. Then pass out “Changes of State HW” and have students complete it. “
*Note: Be sure to label your video something simple, such as the date the sub will access the video, to make it easy to find.
Sub Day: While you are out of the classroom, the sub will be able to play the video and manage the classroom while the students are taking notes from your lesson. What I like about this, is that if either the students or the sub is confused, the sub is able to pause the video and/or rewind it to hear your instructions again.
*Note: Sometimes I like to put the kids in the computer lab with the sub and put up my video lecture link on EDU. This way the students can work at their own pace (i.e. pause and rewind whenever they need it). Make sure your computer lab has head phones. If not, simply remind the kids to bring their headphones for that day.