There are a lot of mixed opinions out there about flipping classes and the new TED-ed flip tool. However, since this is not a blog about flipping, but a blog about technology use in the foreign language classroom, I am going to show you how great, handy and simple to use this tool is.
The TED-ed flip tool in the non-flipping foreign language classroom
The TED-ed flip tool allows you to take any YouTube video and create a short lesson with it. How? By allowing you to include a questionnaire and add further resources to complement it.
As with any technology tool, it is up to the teacher to make the best out of it and to use it in such a way that it enhances the students’ learning. Foreign language teachers are probably the ones that make the most use out of videos and TED-ed helps to personalize these videos to make better use of them. It is a great tool for differentiating as well. Haven’t you ever had a student who needs the extra explanation? Or wouldn’t you like to extend your class explanation even further sometimes? Well, this is a tool that will help you do just that.
Below is a TED-ed flipped lesson I just created in approximately 10 minutes, as I already knew which video to use. It is a lesson about the “scary” subjunctive. Click on the image below to be taken to the lesson and explore it. Now, don’t you think that it would make a difference if you sent this resource to students as homework after you covered the subjunctive in class? (Video by Notes in Spanish)
Now, I know I said I would not talk about actually flipping here, but this is just biting me and I won’t take too long saying it. Promise! As a flipper, I do not just assign a video and leave it at that. The video is either a starting point, or an “enhancer” of my lessons. I’d love to share with you how I would use this tool in my flipped classes, if you are interested please drop me a line.
Anyway, back to TED-ed in the non-flipping foreign language classroom. Here are some ideas on how to use it as a technology tool.
- Homework: It would make a great homework resource as shown on the subjunctive example above.
- Vocab: In my classes, the vocab is studied at home. Won’t this be a fun way to assign vocab lists? You can include a video with images, voice, practice and so on.
- Culture: We all know that we especially turn to videos when trying to show and teach about the target culture. This is a good way of creating a culture lesson around a video. As a project you might have students create videos about famous Spanish speakers. Then flip those videos and during a lesson have students go through all the flipped videos.
- Extra help: As mentioned before, this is a great tool for offering at home and personalized extra help.
- Paperless quizzes or practice activities: Because you can track the responses to the questionnaire section, it is a great tool for paperless practice activities and quizzes. You can even make listening comprehension activities.
- Absent students: Send along a flipped lesson to students who are absent.
- If the teacher is absent: Have students work on your personalized lesson and track it at home.
TED-ed flip tool tutorial
TED-ed flip tool tips, tricks and things to keep in mind
- Youtube for educators: If you can’t access YouTube in school, try out Youtube for schools.
- No multiple choice yet: Only open questions can be created at the moment.
- Questions can’t be edited: It is not possible to change a question after you have created it. You must delete the question.
- Questions can’t be reordered: Make sure you know the order of your questions before you create them.
- Students must sign in: Students need to sign in with an email address to complete and save lessons.
- To track activity: Click on “Recent Activity” at the top to be taken to your flipped lessons. You will see a red indicator under each lesson to tell you how many students have completed it.
- Video Bank: To minimize preparation time, you can collaborate with other teachers to start a “video bank”. You might also make your own and upload them to YouTube.
- This is another lesson I just created: Spanish definite articles
- Beta version: The tool is still on “Beta”, which means that this is the first “try-out” version of it. It was launched so that people could try it and give feedback in order to improve the initial version. When you try it, don’t hold back the feedback so that we can all have an awesome educational tool.
Read about the TED-Ed Flip Tool updates and changes here: TED-Ed Flip Tool Updates and Their Call for Ideas
Won’t you try it out and let me know what you think? How else would you use it in your foreign language classroom?