Accountability - how do you know whether your students watched your lecture?

Tracking from musallam on Vimeo.

What this teacher did was embed a Google form with his video lecture, with space to write a summary and answer the last example. All responses automatically load into a Google spreadsheet where he can see who completed the assignment. Even better, he copy and pasted all of the summaries and placed it into Wordle, which creates a word splash of the most commonly used words summarized by the students. He uses this Wordle to start a discussion with his class. Bravo!

Traditional - If you make students take notes at home while watching the video, treat that as the homework assignment. If they don't do it, treat it as if you would when students do not complete "traditional" homework assignments. One idea mentioned about taking structured notes is using the Cornell Method.

Check out these two videos from a flipped classroom teacher, Katie Gimbar:

The flipped classroom works well for Standards Based Grading systems, however, we live in an A-E world but it can be adjusted to work. Here is an example of what you can do:
  • 50% Summative Assessments
    • Allow students to retake quizzes/tests as many times as necessary without penalty. They need to earn 70% or better before moving on.
    • 50% Weekly Progress (“By Friday of this week you earn 8/10 points if you are here, 7/10 points if you are here . . .
  • Build notes into your grading system. Make them part of your progress grade.
    • To get notes checked off students had to write at least one page (just a random amount) and ask one question about something they didn’t understand.
    • You can tell very quickly whether or not they really payed attention by the question they asked. Ask them to re-watch the screencast if it was obvious they learned little from it.
  • For MATH - based on completion and being able to demonstrate they understood.
    • Example: when they are ready to check off an assignment, first look to see if they have everything done and then ask them to show you how they did one of the problems. If they can show you how to do the problem I assume they know how to do the others.
  • Time Required
    • Same amount of time required, it’s just shifted.
    • Most of the work is now front-loaded. Frees up time for teacher to be with students one-on-one, but it requires planning and working ahead.
    • Baby steps. This is not something you decide to do on Friday and have up and running perfectly on Monday. This can be a several year process.
    • The payoff comes when you have created content libraries that you are happy with - once created they are always available and only change if you want them to.
Source: Dan Spencer, Education Technology Consultant, Jackson MI County SD

Outside the Class - What happens at home
The Flipped Classroom model does change the idea of traditional homework. Here are some ideas for homework assignments:

1. View websites, presentations, and videos
2. Fill in graphic organizers
3. KWL Charts
4. Fill out foldables
5. Cornell Note-taking method

Inside the Class - What happens AFTER homework
When students come to your class the next day, use these activities to extend, refine and summarize what they learned the night before. Again, AVOID re-teaching the whole lesson!
1. Daily 5
2. Tutorial Sessions
3. Centers
4. Cooperative Learning
5. Small Group/Individual Pull-outs