Tool #1: Khan Academy
Perhaps one of the better-known tools for flipping classrooms is Khan Academy. This free resource makes it possible for anyone to learn anywhere. With lessons and videos for any age group and subject level, learning is personalized and customizable. Khan Academy quizzes individuals based on their level and teachers can easily track student progress. That means students can go at their own pace and educators can better understand the struggles of any particular student. For ideas on how to get started, check out this video.
Tool #2: PodBean
Flipping your classroom doesn’t mean you have to only use videos. Podcasts are also great ways to flip a classroom, and PodBean is one of the best podcast resources out there. No programming knowledge is required to create professional level podcasts and Pod Bean offers customizable themes so you can make each podcast your own. For ideas on how to get started with Podcasting, check out this video.
Tool #3: Skype in the Classroom
Break down the four walls of your classroom with Skype. This conferencing tool has features directly geared towards educators and their students. With Skype, educators can connect to other classrooms around the world. Mystery Skype is one feature that engages any two classrooms in a game of trying to figure out where in the world the other is located. Skype also includes various lesson plans, virtual fieldtrips, and guest speakers to help inspire students and give them a deeper understanding about the world outside the classroom. For tips on how to integrate Skype into your classroom, check out this article.
Tool #4: TED-Ed
Build a lesson around any TED Talk or YouTube video with TED-Ed. This classroom-friendly version of TED Talks allows educators to add questions, notes, and other resources to any YouTube video. Also available are ready-made lesson plans that are searchable by content type, student level, video duration, and other identifying features. TED-Ed can be used in any subject area as well. For more ideas on how to use TED-Ed in your classroom, check out this video.