Mr. Brown decided that he could not count on his students to participate in a traditional Flipped Classroom model of blended learning by watching his lesson videos at home. His students are young (eight and nine years olds) and not all of them have Internet access at home. He created a model that 'flipped' his teaching methods, but was contained within the classroom.
The biggest challenge that Mr. Brown faced was learning how to record quality video lessons. It took time for him to adapt his teaching to this format and learn how to use new technology. He used Khan Academy videos as a guide. When he realized that filming a computer screen would not work, he obtained a Wacom Pen Tablet and used My Screen Recorder Pro to capture directly what he wrote on the screen.
When beginning to make video lessons, Mr. Brown recommends focusing on just one subject, instead of trying to learn how to teach every subject at once.
Randy Brown, a 3rd-grade teacher at Fryelands Elementary School, was inspired to start a blended-learning program in his classroom after learning about Khan Academy in 2010. He was excited by the prospect of being able to 'duplicate' himself in the classroom with online videos that would free him to give his students more personal attention. Mr. Brown was one of the NSBA Technology Leadership Network's '20 to Watch' honorees in 2015.
Contact: Randy Brown
Contact Title: Teacher, Fryelands Elementary School
Fryelands Elementary School
15286 Fryelands Blvd
Telephone: (360) 804-3400
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