ISTE 2013 Presenter Profile: Lori Hochstetler

We’re SO excited for ISTE 2013! The TechSmith Education team will be heading down to San Antonio this year for the Annual Conference and Exposition, and we’re eager to hang out with all of our presenter pals at our booth.

The four day conference begins on June 23rd and ends on June 26th, focusing on advancing and improving education through the use of technology. Not surprisingly, the whole concept is something that we’re thrilled to be involved in. Will we be seeing you there?

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Presenter Profile Number 4: Lori Hochstetler

Lori has taught 6th grade math in Middlebury, IN for 19 years. For the past six years, she has also served as her district’s elementary math coach, giving instructional support to all the K-5 teachers. While she is a self-identified technophobe, Lori realized that if she wanted to meet the needs of her students, she had to adapt her teaching to the way they learn…in this century! She started flipping some of her lessons in the fall of 2011. She is excited to help others who think screencasting is beyond their abilities to see that they too can create tutorials to flip their classroom and support student learning.

Discovering Screencasting: A Technophobe’s Journey

You want to flip, but how do you step out of your comfort zone? Meet with Lori Hochstetler, a sixth grade math teacher and coach, and hear her inspiring story of how she changed from feeling uncomfortable with technology to using screencasting as an integral part of her classroom. Learn how Lori started out slowly, using her iPad to make a few videos using ScreenChomp, and then grew to making videos on her computer with Jing, Snagit and Camtasia Studio. Lori will share how her two-year journey in creating videos helped her address everyday challenges as a middle school math teacher and as her district’s elementary math coach, ultimately opening her mind to the endless possibilities of flipping.

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Monday: 11:30AM, 3:00PM
Tuesday: 10:30AM, 1:30PM
Wednesday: 12:30PM

An Interview with Lori

How were you introduced to the flipped classroom model?
A friend of mine asked if I had heard of flipping and explained it to me. I was a bit skeptical, as I didn’t want a computer teaching my students. Then he showed me how I could make a tutorial on an iPad using the ScreenChomp app. That seemed like it could be pretty helpful, and it didn’t seem to complicated, even for me.

Can you explain the moment when you realized that this method was something that was truly worth pursuing?
I told my students I was going to step out of my comfort zone by trying to post some tutorials. I assigned one for homework, and I couldn’t believe the positive response from the students. They were really excited and not at all critical of my mistakes. (They are critical of my mistakes in class, however!) They said the videos were helpful because they could pause or rewind when they needed to hear something again. I also loved that they came to class with background knowledge from the videos, so we could spend class time working with more complex problems.

Have other teachers in your school adopted this model?
The other 6th grade math teachers (there are 3) have jumped right in. Other math teachers are also trying it out in small bits.

How has this new teaching style been received by parents?
All of the parent comments I have received have been positive. Some have even watched the videos themselves, which has given them the support they need to help their child with math homework. Parents have also really appreciated the videos when their child is absent.

Do you have any advice for other teachers (technophobe or otherwise) who want to start the flipping process?
Yes!

6 Tips For Getting Started Using Technology in Your Classroom

  1. START SMALL
    Tell your students you are trying something new and you will be taking baby steps. This is a great example for you to set for your students. Make an agreement, you will try technology if they will try something they may not be good at.
  2. Communicate with your Students’ Parents
    Let them know you are trying this and find out what kind of access your students have.
  3. Make a Website
    There are templates on Google you can use. Ask your technology person for help. My website started with a basic Home page and a page for my 2 tutorials!
  4. Try a couple of tutorials that just work out a few of the homework problems
    This way, it helps students if they watch it, but no one will be penalized if they don’t.
  5. Get ongoing feedback from your students
    They are more than happy to share their opinions. You can learn a lot from kids, and they will love helping you learn! They will also surprise you with some of their insight, and you may change the way you do things by listening to them.
  6. Remember your goal
    Don’t get so caught up in the fancy technology that you forget the goal, which is to find more ways to provide resources for your students and to help your students learn.