My First Flip: How to Create a Flipped Classroom (Plus a Discount for Educators!)

On September 6th, 2013, the Flipped Learning Network hosted the first Flip Your Classroom Day. On Flipped Day, educators across the globe pledged to flip one lesson and experience Flipped Learning.

Over the past few years, the flipped classroom model has really taken off in classrooms around the world. This model of teaching and learning has proved to be incredibly valuable to both teachers and students. It allows teachers to spend more time working with their students in the classroom, while allowing students to take control of their own learning and work at a pace that is most comfortable to them. It also provides ample opportunities for students to engage in hands-on activities and meaningful learning both in and out of the classroom. The flipped classroom model not only fosters the development of 21st century skills, but also creates an any time, any place, any pace learning environment for students.

In honor of Flipped Day, we wanted to show teachers just how easy it is to get started by flipping a lesson. We know some of you may be thinking, “Isn’t flipping a complicated and time consuming process?” The answer is, “No, it doesn’t have to be!” We want to prove that by using Snagit, you can flip a lesson in a few quick, easy steps.

Step 1. Getting Started

To get started, we invite you to watch the video below. It’s an example of a flipped math lesson from a first grade classroom. This example was created using Snagit and a SmartBoard lesson previously created by the teacher.

Can’t see the video? Watch it on YouTube.

Notice the video and audio isn’t perfect, it doesn’t include a ton of flashy features, and it isn’t lengthy. Your flipped videos don’t have to be complex to be effective; we understand that a teacher’s time is incredibly valuable. The above video is an example of a Snagit project you can create and share out in less than 15 minutes! The best part is that once you’ve created the video content with Snagit, you can reuse it for years to come! Still interested? Then let’s keep going!

Step 2. Identify a Lesson to Flip

The first thing you need to do, is identify a lesson you would like to flip. We highly recommend starting with a lesson you’re very familiar and comfortable with teaching. We also recommend using a lesson for which you already have digital content created. It might be a PowerPoint presentation, interactive whiteboard presentation, slideshow, electronic resource provided with your district’s curriculum, etc. Finally, we strongly suggest picking a short, 5-10 minute lesson to start out with. A great option is often an intro lesson to a unit that you might use to build background knowledge.

Step 3. Download the Free Snagit Trial

Now that you have picked out your lesson, it’s time to download the 30-day free trial of Snagit. Need help? Watch this short video.

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Step 4. Organize Your Content

Now that you have Snagit installed on your computer, it’s time to prepare your lesson for recording. Open up your lesson on your computer. With Snagit, you can record in fullscreen mode, or you can select a specific region on your screen to record, so organize your content on the computer screen in a way that is most comfortable for you. Prior to recording your lesson, you may want to outline your speaking points or create a script to use. It may also be helpful for you to rehearse your script once or twice while also practicing the flow of how you will click through your digital content on the computer screen. This will help to ensure your actual recording flows smoothly and doesn’t require multiple attempts.

Step 5. Record with Snagit

Once you have your lesson laid out and you feel comfortable with your presentation, it’s time to record!

First, make sure you have Snagit open on your computer. You can do this by moving your cursor over the red Capture button. This will expand your OneClick Interface. Here is more information on how to open Snagit.

Once you have Snagit open, make sure your Capture Profile on your OneClick Interface is set to “Video.”

Snagit for Windows
OneClick interface on Windows

Snagit for Mac
OneClick interface on Mac

Next, push the red Capture button when you are ready to start the recording process.

Snagit for Windows
Record Button for Windows 

Snagit for Mac
Record Button for Mac

Once you push the red Capture button, you’ll see cross-hairs appear on your screen. You can right click and drag to select the region on the screen you wish to record.

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Cross Hairs

After you’ve selected the region you want to record, a yellow box will appear, confirming the area of your screen that will be recorded. The Recording Interface will then appear. When you’re ready to begin recording, push the Record button.

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Record in Windows and Mac

Snagit for Windows: When you’re ready to stop your recording, you can push Shift + F10, or the Stop button on the Recording Interface.

Snagit for Mac: When you’re ready to stop your recording, you can push Ctrl + Shift + V, or the Stop button on the Recording Interface.

Stop Recording in Windows and Mac

View a video tutorial on how to record with Snagit for Windows
View a video tutorial on how to record with Snagit for Mac

Step 6. Review Your Recording

Congratulations! You have just created your first flipped video with Snagit! Now it’s time to admire your finished product! Once you’ve finished recording, your project will automatically open up in the Snagit Editor. Here, you can preview your video. Although you cannot edit your video in Snagit, you can always re-record if you’re not satisfied with your finished product. Keep in mind though, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be effective!

Step 7. Share Your Video

Once you’re completely satisfied with your finished product, it’s time to share it! Snagit offers a wide variety of ways to share your videos:

  • You can use our online hosting solution, Screencast.com. You can upload your video directly from within Snagit to your Screencast account. We offer free and paid versions of Screencast accounts. Once your content is uploaded to your Screencast account, you can share it via e-mail with a URL or you can embed your content on a website or blog for viewing! Learn more about Screencast
  • You can save your video directly to your computer in MP4 format for sharing.
  • You can upload your video to your YouTube account for viewing.

Here is more information on hosting solutions for your Snagit video.

Not only does Snagit make it easy for you to deliver content, it also makes it incredibly easy and convenient for students to access it. Students can view the Snagit video on their home computers, laptops, tablets, mobile devices, etc. As long as your students have internet access, they can view the content anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

Step 8. Looking to the Future

Now that you’ve seen just how easy it is to flip a lesson with Snagit, we encourage you to continue flipping your lessons, so both you and your students can reap the benefits of the flipped classroom model. For more information on the benefits of the flipped classroom model, read this article by Kari M Arfstrom, the Executive Director of the Flipped Learning Network.

Once you’ve gotten comfortable using Snagit to flip your lessons, you may also want to explore Camtasia Studio or Camtasia:mac, for creating videos with more advanced features. Here you can see some examples of flipped lessons created with Camtasia Studio.

Step 9. Share Your Experience

After you’ve flipped your first lesson, we’d love to hear about your experience! Leave a comment below and let us know how it went.

  • Tom Hopper

    Well done, Megan! Hope it gets the response you were hoping for.

    • m_carnaghi

      Thanks, Tom! We appreciate all of your feedback!