This summer I was reading a post by Bill Ferriter (@plugusin) on his blog The Tempered Radical. His three part series on flipping the classroom was very inspiring, but the best part (and what hooked me) was his challenge to administrators to ‘flip the faculty meeting’. I read this and pondered this quite a bit over the course of the summer, finally deciding in early August to take the plunge. Below are my thoughts, ramblings, frustrations and victories on the way to my first flipped faculty meeting. (which occurred on August 27)
I had seen a lot of posts, Zite articles, and tweets about flipping classrooms – even my librarian/academic learning center coordinator (@wyotigger) Angie Spann had pushed and prodded me on flipping. I wanted to see teachers in my building try this, hoped it would happen, and even had talked with some about it. It became obvious, especially in Bill’s blog post, if I did not model it, they would never try it.
I had made the decision, I was all in – but I had not the first clue how to flip a faculty meeting. Like any connected educator, I reached out to my PLN on Twitter and asked for help. Bill turned me on to several other resources. I got a lot of replies on twitter that night. (my wife wasn’t too keen on my spending all my time on my iPhone that evening) Then a tweet came from @DSteward89. David Steward is Principal of Monett HS in Monett, MO. I have never met him, probably never will (although I hope our paths cross at a conference some day). David sent me his video for his upcoming staff meeting. This absolutely INSPIRED me!!! I asked him about the software he used to video him and his powerpoint and shortly after had downloaded the program Camtasia 2 for Mac.
I built my powerpoint and shot a few practice versions of the video. On Sunday, August 26 I sent the video out via email (a link to Screencast.com) Staff was very positive about having a 30 min video with all the opening information that would normally take 2 hours. I had them submit questions via email to me (and answered them in the staff meeting later that day). I used a 5 question quiz based on our district initiatives (done on socrative.com – which ROCKS!!) I had a meeting at 1pm with staff – and we WORKED, not listened to me talk. We were able to develop a comprehensive understanding of our school data from 10 different points of view (done by 10 departments).
My take aways: what a great activity and way to demonstrate to staff how a flipped classroom could work. Don’t use screencast.com expecting ‘free’ access. In only one day my staff consumed all the bandwidth I was allotted. I will be moving to YouTube for sending out the videos to staff. Use socrative.com for Assessment for Learning/Formative assessment. What an awesome tool and I really saw staff buy into this one.
I will continue to flip meetings – in fact I need to film one tonight for the staff going over the evaluation tool and how I want them to archive their documentation for a meeting on Friday.
Anyone wanting help with flipping a faculty meeting or a class – here is a list of some great resources:
@plugusin @DSteward89 @ideaguy42 @steelepierce @MrPowersCMS @bennettscience @kadaniels @wyotigger
and I suppose I am now a resource for flipping faculty meetings or classrooms
@DarrinPeppard on Twitter
Thanks to all those who were great supporters and resources in launching this process.
Darrin M. Peppard