While flipped classrooms are certainly not new concepts, for a long time it seemed like a very difficult concept to actually implement with students. For many years, costly software like Camtasia or Screenflow were some of the only options teachers had if they wanted to deliver content outside of the traditional class setting. However, recently a whole host of new options have made “flipping” easy. A few of these tools have been featured on Randolphhum like Showme and EduCanon. Now, Google has made flipping lessons simple by allowing videos to be embedded directly into Google Forms.
Since today is the anniversary of the 1954 start of the Geneva Convention*, I decided to use a Cold War theme as the basis for my example. I started by creating a form on Google Drive as you will see in step one. From there, I selected “add item” and clicked “video.” Using YouTube, I selected a short video from one of John Green’s CrashCourses–this one is on the Cold War. After I selected the video, I clicked “add item” again and selected “multiple choice” and created a question. Here are the initial steps:
Users have the ability to select videos directly from YouTube or from the web. After the video is selected, you can simply add as many assessment items as you like, such as multiple choice questions or open-ended responses, to check for understanding. The only drawback to using Google Forms is a teacher will not be able to prove a student watched an entire video. But, if you are looking for an easy and free way to shift some class instruction or to try something new, this might work for you. All you need to do after creating your interactive video quiz using Forms is to share the link with your students. Their answers will be recorded and timestamped as they are completed. Here is how my sample Cold War flipped lesson turned out:
For more on Google Forms in your classroom check out this slideshare from Teachthought:
* I definitely looked this up on the Internet