Flipping the Flipped Beit Midrash

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Flipped Beit Midrash in which the teacher creates a screencast using an app like Showme or Educreations for the students to watch in the Beit Midrash during chavruta so they can master the basic "pshat" of the Gemara or Tanach text prior to shiur. This is a method that many of my teachers including myself have found to be a powerful way to differentiate and personalize instruction for our students. However, this is still very teacher centered (which I don't think is necessarily a bad thing but something to recognize nevertheless). The teacher is creating the videos for the students to consume.

With the ease of making flipped videos on the iPad, it is very simple to "flip" this flipped Beit Midrash assignment by having all of the students create their own screencasts. This obviously can be a powerful formative assessment tool for students to practice their reading skills, something I have posted about in the past. When leveraged with an upcoming exam, this can be a great study tool as well. Let me explain.

One of the advantages of making Flipped Videos is that the students can not only watch them prior to the learning but they also have a playlist to view as a part of their studying for an upcoming test, something they LOVE. What I found in my preparation for a Nach test that I am giving next week is that I had created two flipped videos on the major texts of Jeremiah that we studied, you can view them here and here. But I had not created videos for other background material about King Josiah that we had learned from Kings II.

I decided to have the students create these flipped videos themselves. This was both a good review assignment for them AND I could then post the best student created flipped videos in my study guide playlist for the entire class to benefit. I did a little of the leg work for the students. I posted images of the slides from the Smart Boards on King Josiah on our class Edmodo page. The student assignment was to review one of these slides and then to use it in a Flipped Video for the other students in the class using Showme or Educreations. They had one classroom period to review, plan, and create.

This was a great success. The students appreciated the extra period of review, they loved creating the videos, and I than posted 4 of them to help their classmates study. You can view all of our them on our Flipped Videos page on our class blog here. For me as the teacher, not only was this more student centered with students creating their own study guide videos, but I was able to listen to my students and gain first hand knowledge of their reading skills in Nach.

So when you have a chance, after you have Flipped your Beit Midrash, flip it again. Let your students start creating their own videos following your example. You and your students might be very happy with the results.