Looking for inspiration for your engaging flipped videos? We’ve chosen 3 prolific flipped video lecturers and examined their videos to see what it is that makes them awesome. We’ve also figured out how they do them! From the very simple to the most complex, these are flipped learning examples that stand out in our minds!

Katie Gimbar

Middle school math teacher from Durant Road Middle School

Here is an example of one of her videos. Although this is not an actual video that she has used in her class, we can get the general idea because she uses the same format in these informative videos on flipped classrooms.

We immediately notice some things:

  1. Her introduction is simple: she introduces herself and states the goal in as few words as possible.
  2. Her set up is simple:
    • Whiteboard
    • One camera
    • One take
    • No edits
  3. Her monologue is succinct, to the point, no extra fluff.
  4. Videos are no longer than 2.5 to 3 minutes long in duration.
  5. Katie looks and speaks directly into the camera.

It would make sense to say that Katie is taking what she already does in the physical classroom and shrinking it to the dimensions of whatever computer screen the students will be using.

One interested person asked her why she makes her own videos. The reasons she gives are that the students will trust her, because she has taken the time to do the video rather than outsource to an educational video source like Khan Academy or Brightstone.

Because she can free herself from repeating lectures in the classroom, her relationship with the kids has become closer as time is spent working with those who need extra help, and allowing for higher-order thinking.

The simplicity of her videos also has an added purpose: she wants her students to be able to make flipped videos on their own.

Tyler DeWitt

Creator of “Science with Tyler DeWitt” on YouTube

Here are our observations.

  1. Upon “walking” into his classroom, you see:
    • Tyler’s whiteboard
    • Tyler himself
    • his website
  2. Tyler doesn’t keep introducing himself. He has a separate video for that as his intro video on his YouTube channel.
  3. He goes right into the lecture.
  4. He has two cameras—his face, and a camera overhead to peer on to what he’s writing.
  5. He uses different colored markers.
  6. The “white board” is in the form of a table top white paper and prepared cutouts.
  7. The monologue is well-thought-out—he knows what he wants to say and it’s broken down into easy to understand components.
  8. His format allows students to skip ahead to the example problems if they don’t need the lecture, and gives links for those points.
  9. He summarizes at the end.
  10. He allows students to do problems later. “If you get it, move on to the next video!”

We love that Tyler takes Katie’s method a step further in his use of technology. He’s got two cameras instead of one; one overhead and one in front.  Can you see how he’s transferred his classroom lecture with a whiteboard and put it into a computer screen, much like Katie but with a slight twist?

What we also appreciated was that you could see his hands as another way of communicating, which makes it feel up front and “in person.” He’s not just a face on the screen—he’s at his podium commanding the stage, and communicating personally with his audience.

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

Edutopia flipped learning educators

Our third video sample (okay, there are actually two!) comes from flipped classroom pioneers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams from Edutopia. These guys are really advanced at what they do. These are expertly-produced videos that employ well-drawn, fun images. The videos also make great use of humor and animation.

Here are some of the things we noticed:

  1. Jon is mostly speaking into the microphone with a well-thought-out sequence of information.
  2. TEDEd animators brilliantly bring his words to life through very simple animation techniques.
  3. Jon uses a lot of questioning techniques, then gives answers.
  4. It ends with a thought-provoking question for students to ponder beyond the lesson.

Granted, this one was done for TED talks. Unless you are in Jon’s class and see what he really does, you can’t see how scaleable his videos are.  The TEDEd video represents top-of-the-line production with great care in keeping the audio content succinct.

Right about now you might be asking “How can I do this for all my lectures?” Well, remember that a team of animators helped to produce this video. Once the video is produced and to your liking, it’s there forever and you can use it again and again.

Here is a video from Jon and Aaron’s series in Edutopia:

Unlike the TEDEd video, this is Jon and Aaron in person, talking directly to the camera. There are some flashy edits and effects, but it is still engaging because of the visual quality of the work.

These are probably the height of what professional looking productions can do and should not be attempted by the lone teacher trying to flip their classroom. It would be highly recommended to have a separate animation team to do this for you, like the animation class from your local college.

As you can see, there are many different levels at which you can approach flipping your classroom. For starters, Katie does a great job of keeping it simple. Tyler brings it a step further with a little bit more tech and editing, while Bergmann and Sams employ teams to help them put their videos up.

So what are you waiting for? Flip your lessons and use your class time better!


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