This 16 week online course targets teachers of mathematics who want to embrace the concept of the Flipped Classroom. (Refer to the course prerequisites below). The Flipped Classroom allows students to access ‘teaching segments’ in their own time thereby freeing up class time for collaboration and exploration. However, this is not necessarily about students ‘watching lectures at home’. Rather, the Flipped Mastery model is promoted whereby comprehensive, student-centred units of work are created for students to access online during lessons and/or outside lesson time. Topics covered include sourcing video content, creating maths instructional videos, delivering video to students online and creating quality online units of work. Importantly we will explore effective ways to deal with student-centred learning, an approach inherent in the Flipped Classroom. The course recommends various software but will cater for a range of technologies.
Course pre-requisites: Participants need to be competent in operating their computer i.e. be able to manage multiple programs and windows simultaneously, readily adapt, learn and trouble-shoot new software. Participants do not need to be advanced computer users, rather, competent computer users. The December date enables the course to be completed during the Christmas holidays, finishing mid Term 1. Accredited PD Hrs = 12
Secondary & Middle School Maths Teachers
A normal online course delivered over several weeks-6 months is worth from 5-75 hrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be listed and course hours advertised.
As an online course, links to the course website and access information are provided on the start date. Participants are not advised to take the day off on the start date, as it should be completed in the time participants set aside for it. This is because there will be no face-to-face class or ‘Webinar’ on the start date. The entire course is done online and is forum based with occasional webinars.
Participant information: We advise you take the time to complete the course week-to-week (up to 2 hours a week total) to complete the course within the time the course is open. The courses are generally broken up into ‘Modules’ or “Units”, meaning new information and tasks are designed to segment the learning, and allow you time to complete each module before advancing on. You will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only.
This course can be accessed 24/7 over a 16 week period. Due to the requirements of the course and the challenges of learning new software and work flows, participants will need to spread their involvement evenly over much of the 16 week period.
The December occurrence runs through the Christmas holiday period, ending mid Term One. Participants are able to work on the course whenever it suits them during that period.
This course contributes to 12.0 professional development hours.
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This session contains the course overview and other introductory information necessary to complete the course. Those who do not yet have access to screen casting software will be guided through various options, many of them free. Preparation for Session 5 (Creating instructional videos): Participants will be referred to the detailed document outlining various options re screen casting software for maths departments. Participants will not necessarily need to purchase any software although, if they are serious about embracing the flipped classroom paradigm, it will be recommended they use quality software. It will be possible for all screencast videos to be created on a trial of professional software.
Arguably the most important aspect of the Flipped Classroom is that it promotes student-centred learning. This section looks at the issues around student-centred learning and the management of it from the context of the mathematics classroom. Participants will look at some of the advantages of using instructional videos compared to traditional teacher-directed instruction. Tied into this is the notion of conceptual learning. Participants will also look at some quality examples of flipped mathematics units.
1 hour and 30 minutes
There is no point in reinventing the wheel. Already there is a phenomenal array of quality classroom-based instructional media on the web. But finding enough of it is very time consuming. After investigating the question ‘What makes a quality video?’, participants will be coordinated to search, find and share several quality instructional videos. The search will be organised in such a way that participants receive a collection of quality, pre-produced instructional videos across multiple topics.
We will consider two fundamentally different types of maths instructional screencasts (videos). The first type is a demonstration of mathematical routines and is typically created using a tablet. Participants will be given information regarding options for tablet use as well as non-tablet methods of creating these screencasts. The second type of screencast aims to bring conceptual understanding to students but are not based on mathematical routine and participants will be guided in the production of these. Some video options another than screencasts will also be explored. Arguably more important than the decisions around screencast vs camera video and computer vs tablet is the actual planning and content of the message contained in the videos. Participants will therefore be encouraged to create videos which maximise the chance of students gaining ‘aha’ moments and will be guided through the planning phase of several videos designed to do exactly this. Options which facilitate students to create their own maths instructional videos will be referenced. Participants will be supported in creating a YouTube account if they don’t already have one. Using YouTube will enable participants to have access to all participant-created videos so that peer review can occur.
Once Participants have sourced and created some media it will be time to ‘flip’ some lessons. This requires a system of online delivery and there are many options for this. Participants will choose one – whatever their school uses, or, if their school does not use such a system, a variety of options are available to choose from. Teachers who do not want to learn how to use a Learning management System (e.g. Moodle, Edmodo, Schoology) will have a simple alternative to utilise. The recommendation will be to either design a ‘flipped’ unit of work (if it can be trialled before the end of the course) or a couple of 2-3 lessons worth of work which can be trialled by one or two classes before the end of the unit.
1 hour and 30 minutes
In this section participants implement and report back to the course their experience of trialling the ‘flipped’ lessons as outlined in Session 5 above.
Officially there is no preparation required for this course. However if you do not currently use screen casting software you are going to need to decide what to use. The decision will require some reading and quite a bit to thought as it depends on need, platform and budget, to name a few factors. A document will be forwarded to you upon enrolment containing sufficient information should you want to choose your software and other peripherals prior to the course commencing. Note there is no need for a participant to buy any extra software or hardware for the course. However, if you know you want to embrace the Flipped Classroom path and therefore create media in the future you would be wise to use quality software.
Please note the feedback listed here is unfiltered, and includes all comments and ratings collected.
The Flipped Maths Classroom course gave me the direction and accountability that I needed to start producing high quality units of work for a flipped classroom.
The course really didn’t meet my needs as well as I would have liked. I would have preferred stronger direction as to which hardware and software would give the most professional results. I was already sold on the idea of a flipped classroom. I was more interested in the delivery of the flipped classroom. Nevertheless the course forced me to learn something new which was good.
The best part of this course was the requirement to complete a unit of work for evaluation and review. This provided accountability to actually put the theory into practice. I found the course helpful and informative.
The course gave me new teaching strategies to use in my classroom. It allowed me to change and improve some of my teaching practices.
This was one of the best courses that I have done.
The first point is that I had to think about not only the content of my courses, but also about the delivery.
I found my first attempts at producing material were not acceptable to me because my expectations were too high. As a consequence, I fluffed around and produced stuff that was Ok, but not good enough (to me)! The course I did was over the school holidays and so my reality check was not in place. I was “studentless”.
When I returned to work I started producing in response to my student’s needs and things definitely improved for me.
The important thing for my students is that they hear me leading/coaching them to achieve using the digital media they are so familiar with. They can follow me both in our school’s Moodle and in YouTube.
My videos show that I am becoming more reflective about the medium, and my sense of humour is coming through more and more in what I produce and whilst at times this may make them think Oh no, they know it is me. As I become more confident about hearing myself, I have started being more adventurous in the delivery of content and this makes a stronger bond for my classes.
The advantage that I have discovered is that I am able to share content between stages very easily.
It is interesting to me that I am an “old fella” (62) and I am one of the most passionate people in our school trying to encourage others to take on board this great stuff with the digital technology.
I also did a course recently with Tracey Hughes that complemented this one, and it was brilliant! I live in Tamworth and flew out the morning of the course after a night where I was up very late preparing video lessons for my classes on the Thursday and Friday. Got up 4:30 am to catch the 6:30 flight, got to Sydney, went to Burwood, got lost and very wet and then had first of the two best face-to-face days PD I have ever had. I thought by morning tea I’d be asleep; no way! I was engaged all the time. Went back to my motel and crashed. Second day – more of same.
Went back into my classroom and it has totally changed my way of teaching. Now teach top 9’s and my senior classes by sitting with them, projecting to the front using an iPad and Doceri (creates movies I can edit) and then upload to school website (and often YouTube). This together with the flipping I am doing is giving my classes access to everything I do and so when I have students away, they can have the same lessons as everyone else with exactly the same delivery. Have a student going to the US for 4 weeks and did not have to even think about how much work to send with him as he can keep up on a day-by-day basis.
Currently have just marked year 12 half yearlies and will put my solutions as scribbling video using Doceri on the school web and this will be both me talking about the solutions and commenting on the most common mistakes.
Excellent, learnt so much. Richard was extremely helpful as I needed one to one conversation with him to sort out the dilemma I placed myself in. Wonderful to see what everyone is doing and keep abreast with technology and how one can use it to ones advantage.
Very interesting course that can be used by any sort of teacher to give them some ideas moving forward and keeping pace with technology and the current generations demand for it.
The course was interesting and relevant to teaching mathematics. The information provided was relevant and current.
This course was extremely useful and great for driving me towards creating a flipped unit. Seeing the work that other teachers created is perhaps one of the most valuable things I have done. I would strongly recommend this course to all teachers.
I found this course really beneficial because it gave me the tools to trial a flipped Maths classroom and assess the outcome. I learned how to create screen casts and instructional videos, as well as how to put together a self-paced unit of work online. Even if I don’t adopt a flipped model, I have new skills which help me to produce online/video content to use in my teaching.
Excellent course material and content. Learnt many new techniques and approaches
The course was great! The presenter was always assisting us throughout the duration of the course, providing support, guidance and answering my (many) questions. I loved updating and increasing my knowledge on the varied platforms I could use to present my flipped classroom (google docs, wikispaces etc).
Excellent, Richard was very supportive and encouraging.
Fantastic course and very useable with students.
I thought the course was good. Even though the delivery method was online and there was no face to face, you never felt like you did not know what was going on as the communication was excellent. I also thought it was great that not only was there feedback from Richard but other people would look at the forums/resources made and comment. There was help online for those that needed it which was great and you were never scared to ask a question as everyone was on the same page (trying something new). I was great to see the different platforms that teachers chose the complete the flipped classroom and to hear the advantages and disadvantages that people encountered.
Overall I thought the course was beneficial, even if you decided that the entire flipped unit wasn’t for you, you were still able to see what aspects did work. Also I learnt how to use new software programs and discovered what I liked and what I didn’t.
I found this course to be very informative and it allowed me to explore software, such as Camtasia Studio, which I would otherwise not have used. I have seen the benefits of using the flipped classroom strategy, after trialling a flipped classroom unit with my students. I’d recommend this course to any teacher wanting to provide and create a variety of learning resources for their students and to help guide students in being more self-directed learners.
Very effective course that was well convened and encouraged active participation with the course content and conversation between other participants.
The course was excellently delivered. There was extensive interaction between the course coordinator and the participants. The material was of very high quality and of great relevance to our everyday teaching practices. The course has enlightened my mind to the many possible strategies that I could adopt in the future in my teaching.
This course has been thoroughly worthwhile in providing me with ideas, encouragement and skills to provide engaging resources that will cater for varying learning styles and study patterns.
I have introduced my students to the flipped classroom paradigm for a HSC Mathematics unit and will continue using this approach for the rest of the course. Feedback from my students has been positive. I see this as an excellent way of freeing up teacher-student contact time for focusing on student learning needs.
Richard has taught in 3 states and territories of Australia over the past 25 years and has been Head of Mathematics at Oxford Falls Grammar School for 6 years. He has developed a teaching style which is interactive and relational, directed yet open ended, and which fosters individual progression, higher-order thinking, and collaborative learning. Richard is a passionate campaigner for conceptual learning; his professional journey continues to lead him to discover more and more ways of teaching mathematics conceptually and he delights in sharing these with other teachers.