How Many Videos Do You Need To Effectively Flip Your Class? An Interview with Ashlie Smith

This is the first in a series of interviews with the award-winning ScreenChamp 2013 producers. The ScreenChamp Awards are the annual screencasting competition hosted by TechSmith. This year, the competition received over 230+ entries. Ashlie Smith: A New Kind of Educator Ashlie Smith is an 8th Grade Physical Science instructor at Cranbrook Schools, and she recently won the 2013 EDU Category prize for her screencast Work and Power. Since flipping her class a year-and-a-half ago, Smith has Continue reading

“It spread like wildfire.” A district rollout that actually worked.

As we prepared to launch TechSmith Relay, a new enterprise-wide video solution for schools and businesses, we spent a lot of time with pilot site Forest Hills School District in West Michigan to observe how it would be used in the real world. With over 10,000 students in the district, Forest Hills works hard to create active learning environments to better engage students. What we saw there was not the stereotypical top-down approach to technology rollouts but instead a genuine excitement among Continue reading

Ask3 1.8: What 1.7 was supposed to be

We are pleased to announce version 1.8 of Ask3 is now available in the App Store. You may have noticed we didn't put out a lot of information about 1.7 and part of that is because 1.7 didn't really have everything we wanted in it because we wanted to make sure we had a version of Ask3 that worked on iOS 7 as close the the iOS 7 release as possible. So, Ask3 1.8 is really everything we wanted 1.7 to be but couldn't because we had to split things up a bit. Our goal with these last two releases has Continue reading

Classroom Ideas for Flippers on Pinterest

It's no secret that educators often turn to Pinterest to find clever ideas for their classroom. From classroom decorations, to crafts, to assignments, a quick browse through the Education category will net you all sorts of fun results. Similarly, a quick search for "flipped classroom" will give you lots of ideas for what to do with all that newly-found in-class time you'll have once you've adopted the flipped classroom model. We put out a call for flipped class resources to all our friends on Continue reading

Why Flipping Appeals to My Students

Guest post by Jennifer Uhl, Madeline Montgomery, and Ashlie Smith from Cranbrook Schools, MI Ashlie Smith teaches 8th grade science. She’s just completed her first year flipping this course and shares with us why she feels the flipped classroom model appeals to her students. Ashlie’s mode of flipping her class includes videos sent as homework. She creates 7-10 minute videos on each lesson and posts them to her classroom YouTube channel. Students then watch the videos at home and come into Continue reading

Welcome back to school!

It's that time again already: Back to school! Whether you're already in the swing of things or just starting your year out, we want to welcome you to the new school year. Hopefully everyone had a great summer - I know we were busy here at TechSmith. To kick off back to school month we put together a recap of what we did over our summer, as well as a reminder that we are here to help make your classroom technology experience a great (and easy) one. Keep an eye out for more education-focused content Continue reading