I stumbled upon today's tool when I joined a short course this summer led by Joseph Zisk at CALU of Pennsylvania on flipping the classroom. I wanted to see the tools that he recommended and how he structured his e-course. Let me first say...he was great! We had lots of supporting dialogue, videos, opportunities to practice, and class discussions. He provide enough support to get me started with my goal for flipping PD.
Why flip? Twice a month, I lead professional development sessions for the whole faculty and throughout the school year I like to share tech tools when I find them. For some sessions, I feel like advance notice on the topic would be helpful. I know have wandered into a PD session and quickly found my head spinning with ideas or questions. I wanted to grab my phone and start researching, but I didn't want to be disrespectful to the speaker by looking like I was off task. I have lead sessions for which I have planned a collaborative component, but everyone seems reluctant to start the discussion, because they are still processing the new information. My goal for flipping is to allow everyone enough time to learn about, think about, and process the topic prior to coming together in groups to discuss implementation strategies.
In research implementation strategies, I have found blog posts, an iTunes U course on ways to flip, and a great article on the 7 Steps to Flipped PD. While I understand that planning is essential, it also needs to be manageable...easy to duplicate...easy to implement. Enter today's webtool...
Screencast-O-Matic! Following the format of my e-learning course, here is video to tell you a little bit about it: