Flipped learning in Stile #4 — Putting it all together!

In this post, we’ll go into how Stile can be used in a flipped learning environment! In my first three posts, I talked about

  1. what flipped learning is and why we at Stile think it’s pretty awesome
  2. what kinds of things you’ll probably want to make your own videos/podcasts and
  3. how to actually make videos from scratch for students to watch.

Essentially, flipped learning consists of four main parts:

  1. Presenting subject knowledge to students in a video or another medium in a self-access way
  2. Checking for understanding
  3. Giving students hands-on tasks to apply what they’ve learnt in interesting and challenging ways in the class
  4. Speaking with each student every day and monitor the whole class’ progress
 adding videos to Stile takes about 2 seconds
Adding videos to Stile takes about 2 seconds

1. Getting videos and podcasts into Stile

Well, that’s easy. Drag and drop them into a lesson — done!

Videos and audio files will automatically embed, with a nice simple player. That way, your content will only be playable in Stile, without you becoming an accidental YouTube sensation! That said, if you do want to upload your videos to YouTube instead, you can absolutely do that as well. PDFs and PowerPoint files will automatically embed too!

2. Ok, my media are in! Now what?

Now you probably want to see if they’ve watched/listened and, more importantly, understood it! The easiest way to do that is to add a few questions on the material covered in the content. You can do that in a number of ways:

Add recall/comprehension questions:

Automatically-marked multiple choice questions are perfect for this because they give you a lovely visual overview of how the class went for each question via analytics:

 real-time analytics
Real-time analytics

You can even see:

  • how many people picked which response
  • clicking each bar reveals who picked which response
 These seven students picked the correct answer
These seven students picked the correct answer

This is really useful if you want to get a quick overview of how well your class has understood a concept at a glance, and allows for addressing any misconceptions right away with automated feedback.

Add a note-taking or summary question

Flipped Learning pioneer Jon Bergmann says that simply watching a video (or listen to a podcast) is not enough — watching an instructional video is very different from watching a TV show. It requires active watching. One way to do this is by getting students to take notes.

Stile’s Open response question is great for taking notes, as it also allows for file uploads, drawings, audio recordings and much more. Think of it as a multimodal notebook:

Or if you just want students to neatly summarise the main points of the lesson, simply add a written-response question, asking students to explain what they’ve just learnt to a five-year-old:

 'Explain it like I'm five' is a great way for students to break down complex information into manageable bits.
‘Explain it like I’m five’ is a great way for students to break down complex information into manageable bits.

This helps them digest and simplify the lesson content.

Ask them in a poll

Think of a question that frames what they’ve learnt as a problem, with a few different possible solutions. To continue with the photosynthesis example, you could ask students the following question in a poll:

Leave the results hidden and as soon as everyone has voted, close the poll to avoid kids changing their votes. For some peer teaching, you could

  1. see who voted for which solution (click on an option to reveal who voted for it)
  2. group students so that each group contains someone from each solution and
  3. get them to explain to each other why they voted for their answer.

So in the example in the image above, each group would be made up of four kids, each of whom had voted for a different option (The Sun, Water, Soil and Air). While they’re discussing, duplicate the poll and ask them to vote again in the duplicated poll after the discussion to see if it worked!

That’s all great, but what if they didn’t watch the video??

The peer teaching method above will take care of that, as kids will just explain it to each other. However, for a more detailed answer, flip veteran Joel Speranza wrote a great article on this question, which you can read here. At the bottom of the post, he also references the inflip: a new paradigm of teaching that previously was just not possible as an individual teacher:

When I was still in the classroom, I wished I had a dollar for every time I’d wanted to clone myself in class to help out those students that needed more help. Flipped learning, and the inflip in particular, makes this possible.

A lot of experienced ‘flippers’ are making the inflip the default way to go: it engages every student at their level of both in terms of initiative and subject knowledge: those who are low on both can watch the videos in class and get extra instruction from the teacher, while those who race ahead can do so with interesting projects and problems.

How can Stile help here?

 Keep track of each student's work in the Markbook
Keep track of each student’s work in the Markbook

Stile is perfect for inflipping: you can see right away

  • who has taken notes (and how well!)
  • who got the comprehension questions right and
  • who needs more scaffolding
  • who needs a challenge

You can either release everything to everyone and let them work at their own pace or group them and release lessons based on their their progress. Either way, it’s made for flipping!

Have you used Stile for flipped learning in your classroom? How does it work for you? We’d love to hear from you.

In my final post of the series, I’ll look into a few more things you could in terms of multimodal content (greenscreen videos, lightboards, and more!)

Until then — thanks for reading and happy flipping!

Guido Gautsch |
VP of Happiness 😊