Experimenting With Hyperdocs in the Flipped Classroom

--Originally published at #flipclass – A Flipped Approach

One of the reasons I love the Flipped Classroom is it allows me to constantly make modifications for the needs of my students. I have been doing some work with Hyperdocs and really wanted to jump into for the Gas Laws unit we are starting at the beginning the 4th MP. The benefit of a good Hyperdoc is it gives the students all of the links to files up front, but only gives them 1 link at the beginning. I have been using Assignment Charts to show the students everything they need for an entire unit. I insert links to all of my instructional videos on YouTube into the Assignment Chart, but still students have a hard time going back and forth between Google Classroom, Google Forms, and YouTube.

So, I decided to package everything for the unit a little differently this time. In the Gas Laws unit, there are a lot of little bits to remember which requires a lot of podcasts. I rerecorded all of the podcasts into 4-6 minute videos and inserted them into an organized Google Slide file. Here is a screenshot of one slide:

Gas Laws Slide screenshot

Each part of the unit is grouped into slides like this. I used the PHeT simulation for Gas Properties to explain the concept in that section, then recorded examples of how to solve the problems in a series of additional videos. All of the videos now play directly inside the Google Slide, instead of opening a new window and shifting to YouTube, and the students can still see everything else in the file while watching the video. For students that are pretty Math-savvy, they may only watch the concept video and figure out what they need to do on the Self-Check Quiz on their own. Others may watch every video on the slide before they attempt the Self-Check.

I have not abandoned the Assignment Chart, however. Since my Flipped Classroom runs asynchronously, it is important to give students all due dates up front.

Gas Laws Slide screenshot 2

The important factor is everything is now fully organized. Previously, if a student couldn’t remember where he/she was in the Gas Laws playlist (that has 14 videos), he/she might watch several incorrect videos before finding the one he/she needed. Now, he/she can click the link to the assignment he/she wants to work on and it sends him/her directly to the slide with all of the podcasts. If he/she has watched a video, a small “WATCHED” appears in the corner from YouTube. The Self-Check Quiz, if completed, not only changes color when clicked, but is auto-graded using Flubaroo, and the student’s score along with the answer key is emailed immediately. Even the labs, which are posted as assignments in Google Classroom, are linked so the students can see in advance what they are going to be doing.

As always, I have no idea if this is going to work. The Flipped Classroom (and my very supportive administration) gives me the flexibility in my classroom to try out new techniques. At the end of the unit, I will survey my students to get their feedback on the new method and report back here how it went.

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