Don’t have the time to Flip your class? Think again.

By far the question I get the most about flipped learning is this one.

Actually, it’s not really a question. It’s an assertion.

“I don’t have the time to make videos! I’m a full time teacher!”

This Blog/Vlog post is here to tell you, it actually doesn’t take that long.

How do I know? I’m a full time teacher, and I flip all my classes. I’ve made over 500 videos in the last 2 years. It can be done, you just need a process that’s fast and efficient.

Watch the video below to see me go from “in the wrong room” to “video complete” in under 4 minutes.

One last bit…
To make this video do the cool picture in picture thing I had to spend some time in Post production (editing after it was made).

As a flipped teacher, NEVER DO THIS! Make the video, save the video, send the video. No Post-Production! Don’t even watch it back. You were there when you made it, I assume you know what’s there!

No Post-Production! Or you’ll end up editing out every um, ah, and slight pause. Three hours later you’ll wonder where your life went.

What do you think? Do you have time to make a video?

Edit: Want to learn how to make your very own Lightboard? Learn here. How To Build a Lightboard On a Budget

5 comments

  1. Love the idea, but I disagree with not editing ever. There are many of us flippers out there that like our videos to be attention-grabbing and, dare I say, entertaining (perish the thought!). When I fisrt started flipping, I would have to re-record several times to get it “good enough” so that I was confident with sending it out. Now, I record, make mistakes, pause, then remove the mistakes in post-production. It’s not that hard to use basic video editing software (many free options), to give your videos a little more production value. I know my students appreciate it.

    1. y=|x| is an example of an absolute. Your comment has reminded me I should NEVER use absolutes (oops, there I go again).

      The reason I talk about not using editing in such a way is because I often talk to beginning flippers who come to school barely able to function because they stayed up until 2am getting the perfect take and editing all the “bloopers” out.

      My goal is only to get teachers started in a painless way without a lot of technology getting in their way. Those that are more tech savvy, often move on to creating more polished content further down the track.

      So I guess what I’m saying is… The way I suggest is a great way to start, but it’s not the only way. And even I break my “no edit” rule occasionally, so everybody do what you feel!

  2. I too try to limit the amount of time that I spend post production. My set up is no where near as elaborate as yours however even with editing I have it down to about 10 minutes per video which make multiple videos in a short time manageable. I know I have uploaded mistakes and my students find them funny and then I do a quick edit to fix. We are human. 🙂

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