Good things happening in my world of “flipping”!

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As I think back on the year 2013, there is one recent event that I have been wanting to reflect on and thank those individuals involved.  I think December got the best of me; the three weeks of school was on fast-forward and when my winter break hit, I took a little vacation from social media 🙂

December was an exciting time for my “flipped” classroom experience.  TechSmith, a Michigan-based company, hosted a ScreenChamp competition that allowed content creators to submit their favorite videos into 4 different categories: Education, Sales and Marketing, Training and Tutorial and a Wild Card.  I decided to submit one of my physics videos into the competition not thinking too much about it.  Two months later, I was shocked to find out that my video was selected as the winner in the education category!  I was so excited!  The winners were broadcast on TechSmith’s blog “The Forge”.  I enjoyed watching the finalist video submissions and reconnecting with an old friend of mine, Ben Rimes (@techsavvyed), who’s video on “How to Screen Record your iPad” won in the Wild Card category.

On “The Forge“, Matt Pierce (Judge and Host of The Forge) and Steve Garfield (Judge and Video Blogging Pioneer) discussed the things that caught their eye and set the competition apart in each category.

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I enjoyed watching this episode and appreciated the comments on my video, especially Steve Garfield’s praise for using “visuals that tell a little story and help me remember.”

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I make all of my videos using TechSmith’s video editing software called, Camtasia.  This has been a huge asset in my teaching because it has allowed me to create unique videos for my students.  Here are a couple of key concepts that I learned along the way.  These are the same concepts, I believe, helped me to win the ScreenChamp award this year.

#1.)  Be aware of the length of the video.  Kids have a short attention span.  A golden rule is to try and keep your video under 8 minutes.  The video I submitted was 7:40.  If you have  a lot to cover, don’t be afraid of making a Part 1 and Part 2.

#2.)  Be creative with your content.  Keep it relateable and apply it to real world interactions.  I use my own children.  I have also used student videos embedded into the content video.  I also screen capture my SMARTBoard notes.  Your video is a one-way medium, keep the content simple.

Thank you TechSmith for hosting a competition that allows teachers to showcase what they are doing in their classrooms!

Thanks for reading,


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