Drawing Out History

Prompt: Students were asked to design a flipped lesson and then write a blog post that showcases their flipped lesson and reaction to designing it.

For this Flipped lesson I wanted to combine the use of Screencast and TedEd. In a previous ED class I designed a short video using screencast, featuring me drawing out a social studies lesson, which was accompanied by a narrative as to what was being shown. I got this idea after watching a popular youtube video called, “Draw My Life.” However, rather than drawing out the personal details of my own life, I wanted to apply this strategy of telling a story to a history lesson. This I believed would be a fun way of engaging with my students as they will hear my voice, be exposed to my own drawings and explanations, and have fun watching a story being drawn out to them.

However, for this previous ED class assignment I was not asked to have any questions or reflection to accompany the video. At the time I thought it would be sufficient to just have a novel and fun new way for my students to learn. But, after many hours of experience, and gaining new knowledge as to how student learn and retain information, I now know I need to have some sort of formal or informal assignment to accompany such video lessons, in order for students to really understand the information being fed to them. This is where the TedEd becomes a wonderful tool for teachers.

By combining my screencast lessons with TedEd I am now able to have the needed assessment to gauge whether my students understood the lesson, and if they are able to apply the information they just learned by answering questions, and participating in discussions via online.

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TedEd Lesson: http://ed.ted.com/on/V9NYCjmk

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