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File uploader: save class time, watch videos at home

More engaged students. More nuanced in-class discussions. These benefits would have remained forever hidden if not for itslearning and if German teacher Ulrike Belau never flipped her classroom. But she did, as explained here in part four of our blog series ‘itslearning practice’. Students watching instructional videos at home is at the core of the flipped classroom – a simple technique with enormous benefits as illustrated in Ulrike’s example.

Who: Secondary students
What: Flipping the classroom
Where: Frauenlob-Gymnasium secondary school in Mainz, Germany
When: Students watch videos in their own time, freeing up class time for discussion
So what: Saves class time otherwise spent watching videos
How: Videos on itslearning

English teacher Ulrike Behlau did not set out to flip her classroom but that´s exactly what ended up happening.

As part of an assignment in their English class, Ulrike´s students began uploading YouTube videos relevant to their topic onto itslearning. The next day, as her students discussed energetically the videos they had watched at home, Ulrike realized the power of itslearning to save her class time. This is textbook flipped classroom, which refers to schoolwork at home and homework at school.

"It helped to have everyone watch the video on their own time so we didn´t have to use class time for that," said Ulrike, who teaches at Frauenlob-Gymnasium secondary school in Mainz, Germany,. "They were more engaged with the topic because they had more time to think about it. And there was a much deeper and more nuanced classroom discussion as a result."

In this example, the itslearning platform helped the school maintain its focus on in-class instruction by freeing up class time - a great example of technology supporting pedagogy!


Do you practice blended learning in your classroom?

Are you a student in the flipped classroom and, if so, do you like being able to choose where and when to study?

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1 comment (Add your own)

1. Lisa Dubernard wrote:
Tell me more how your students upload YouTube videos to itslearning. Do you give them access to add notes or pages to your course through permissions? Are they embedding the videos? or uploading the files themselves? Do they include them in surveys or discussion boards? So many possibilities!

Fri, July 5, 2013 @ 8:03 PM

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