How Changing One Word in the Flipped Class Changes Everything


There is a word that I would like to take out of the vocabulary of flipped classroom teachers. It is the word, watch.  Students are supposed to watch a video at home and then come to class prepared to learn.  Watch is a passive word.  Students watch Batman, they watch The Voice, but we don’t want students to watch flipped class videos.


We want them to interact with the video content. There is research which states that passive learning (even via video), doesn’t help students achieve more.  Here are a few practical ways you can bring in some interactivity into your Flipped Class videos.

Low Tech

  • Set up an advanced organizer for students to use as they interact with the video.
  • Tell students to pause the video and do something like solve a problem, or predict, or write down an interesting question.  [Hint:  If you tell them to pause the video, make sure you pause for a few seconds, to give them time to hit the pause button].

High Tech

  • Create a google form (See our video on how to do this HERE), which the students will use to answer questions.
  • Use the built in quizzing feature in your school’s Learning Management System.
  • Use some free tools like EdPuzzleeducannon, Office Mix, or zaption, which will pause the video at teacher- selected times and insert pop-up questions. Afterward, the teacher knows who watched the video, how long they watched the video, if they skipped any parts of the video, and how well they did on each question.

So lets take the word watch out of our vocabulary, and start telling people we are having students interact with content before class.

Please share with us other ways you have students interact with your flipped class videos.

2 Responses

  1. Natalie Stapert

    I like inserting some directed noted-taking into my videos. Since my students are young (fifth grade), I don’t mind telling them exactly what to write in their notes. Since I’ve started flipping the lecture/notes part of my curriculum, I’ve noticed that students feel closer to me than ever. I wonder if it’s because they’re bringing me home by watching me on the sofa or at the kitchen table. Maybe kids feel like teachers in classrooms are speaking to everyone, but when they watch a teacher on a screen, the teacher is speaking just to them.

  2. This is a great suggestion. A flipped classroom where the students only “watch” the videos is no more effective than a traditional in-class lecture. I’d love to talk with you about guest posting on our blog. We are an educational software company built on the need for active, visual learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Please check out our website, http://www.metis-learning.com, and email Emily at [email protected] if you’re interested!

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