Four Steps to Flipping the Classroom

From eSchool News,

The flipped classroom, in which students watch a video explaining a particular lesson or topic at home and then come to school prepared to complete assignments related to that lesson or discuss the topic in class, is gaining ground. But how, exactly, can educators go about flipping the classroom?

Merely taking a lesson and flipping it won’t ensure success, said Shannon Holden, a middle and high school teacher and administrator in North Dakota, Texas, and Missouri for 20 years. Holden also is an adjunct instructor at Lindenwood University and Missouri State University, as well as an online instructor at the University of North Dakota and the University of the Pacific.

During an edWeb webinar, Holden outlined four basic steps that educators can take to ensure that their flipped classroom experiments are successful and resonate with students.

First, teachers should choose a topic that can be explained in 15 minutes or less. The flipped classroom approach works best with topics that students can understand relatively well on their own. Teachers can use a variety of free resources to create and upload videos of their lessons, or they can turn to free, existing videos that explain their chosen topic.

Holden walked teachers through an example of video creation using aTube Catcher. Sites that offer free resources for educators to use when flipping the classroom include SophiaKhan AcademyYouTube EDUTeacherTube,BrightstormDiscovery LearningWatchKnowLearn, and TED-Ed.

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85 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

From Rushton Hurley, Next Vista for Learning

A variety of teachers collaborated on a presentation on 80+ ways to use Google Forms in a school/classroom setting. Plenty of good ideas pop up, so for those of you who are using Google Apps, give it a look:

I was doing some research into iPad cases for schools and stumbled upon a lesson plan from a high school engineering class. The lesson was to design an iPad case, based on an inquiry process and self-directed learning. I wasn’t looking for this, but what I found was a great resource site for teachers to find inspiration for lessons, and the site is called Teaching Channel,

Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools. We have a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other.

Their video library offers educators a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. The videos also include information on alignment with Common Core State Standards and ancillary material for teachers to use in their own classrooms.

The 30 Best Web 2.0 Tools For Teachers (2012 Edition)


Looking for the best cloud computing software for your school? What about a way to remotely store homework and other assignments? It’s time to figure out which web 2.0 tool is right for you!

The following presentation contains dozens of the most popular tools being used in classrooms right now. In fact, I’ve personally used more than 90% of these tools in higher education. They’re useful, most are free (some are freemium), and true time-savers. You’ve probably heard of some but I can almost guarantee there’s something new here for you.

The Best Web 2.0 Tools For Teachers

  1. Google Drive
  2. Dropbox
  3. CloudMagic
  4. Jumpshare
  5. Weebly
  6. Issuu
  7. ePubBud
  9. Text2MindMap
  10. EdCanvas
  11. KeepVid
  12. TubeChop
  13. GoAnimate
  14. TodaysMeet
  15. Slideshare
  16. Voki
  17. Prezi
  18. Record MP3
  19. Delicious
  20. Jing
  21. Pixlr
  22. Loopster
  23. Evernote
  26. LiveBinders
  28. Zamzar
  29. Poll Everywhere
  30. VoiceThread
  31. PlanBoard
  32. TeachersPayTeachers (TPT)
  33. Gnowledge

40 Sites for Educational Games

This list, presented in alphabetical order, has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use with their students.

40 Sites for Educational Games

  1. ABCya – A great site for games and mobile apps for elementary students.
  2. Academic Skill Builders – A wonderful site with learning through the use of multi-player games.  Also, there is an educational portal which allows for student tracking.
  3. Arcoiris – A nice site for educational games in English and Spanish.
  4. Braineos – Games based on flash card in a wide variety of subjects.
  5. BrainNook – A fun site for students that focuses on English & Math.  Also, there is a teacher portal with lots of resources for educators.
  6. Bubbabrain – Lots of game for all grade levels that allows teachers to create games too.
  7. Cackleberries – A virtual world filled with educational games for kids 3-7 yrs old in a safe environment.
  8. Clever Island – Excellent games for kids 3-8 yrs old in a wide variety subjects such as: Math, Reading, Spelling, etc.
  9. Cookie – A great site for educational games and teacher resources.
  10. Creativity Games – Learn through the use of creativity brain training games.
  11. Creating Music – A fun site for learning music through the use of educational games and other online activities.
  12. DimensionU – An innovative site for learning math in a 3D virtual world.
  13. Fish Smarty – Excellent site for online learning through the use of educational games.  There is an educational portal for student tracking as well.
  14. Fuel the Brain – A wonderful site to learn elementary skills such as math, science and reading. Lots of educational resources too!
  15. Funbrain – One of the most popular sites for educational games for kids K-8 yrs old.
  16. Funschool – A wide variety of games, activities, and videos for kids.
  17. Game Classroom – Games for students K-6th grade in math and LA with lots of resources such as: worksheets, videos, and more.
  18. Gamequarium – A popular site with lots of games in a wide variety of subject areas.
  19. GameUp – A innovative site from the creators of BrainPop where the games are based on their interactive animated videos.
  20. Kidz Page – A fun site for educational games PreK-8th grade.
  21. Learning Games for Kids – A great site for educational games on lots of different subject areas.
  22. Lure of the Labyrinth – An innovative game for middle school pre-algebra students.
  23. Magnahigh – Math games for K-12 with educational portal.
  24. MinecraftEdu – A unique game based on the popular PC designed for schools.
  25. PhyFun – Physics-based games for all grade levels.
  26. Pipo Games – A nice site for educational games for ages 3-12 yrs.  A paid site unlocks all the features.
  27. Play Brighter – A fantastic site filled with educational games on a wide variety of subjects, built on its unique anime style interface.
  28. Play Kids Games – A fun site for educational games in subject areas such as math, vocabulary and geography.
  29. Power My Learning – A great all-in-one site for education filled with games, videos, resources and more.
  30. Sheppard Software – A nice site with lots of games on different subject areas.
  31. Skoolbo – Wonderful educational games for core skills in the primary grade levels.
  32. Spelling Connections – A cool site for spelling and vocabulary games with educational portal.
  33. Teaching with Portals – A very innovative game based on the popular console/PC game Portal, with lots of lesson plans to be found.
  34. Tucoola – A great site for skill-building games for the younger kids with student tracking.
  35. Tutpup – A cool site for math and spelling where kids compete against each other.
  36. Vedoque – A nice site for educational games PreK – 8th grade.
  37. What2Learn – A excellent site for educational games where teachers can create games and track students with a paid account.
  38. Yogome – A great site/company with lots of innovative games and mobile apps on recycling and more.
  39. Zondle – Interesting games that support learning and can be embedded into a site.
  40. ZooWhiz – A fun site for kids 5 – 15 yrs to develop Math and Reading skills by creating their own virtual zoo.
For my Pinterest board on educational games click here.

David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at and read his blog at

Teaching Fractions Through Gameplay


ImageRefraction is an online puzzle game for teaching fractions. The game is not obviously a lesson in fractions, but requires knowledge of fractions to succeed. In Refraction, the player must partition lasers in order to power spaceships containing various animals who have gotten stuck in space, as shown in the picture. These animal spaceships all require different fractions of the lasers, and the player is given several pieces that split and bend the lasers to reach the animals and satisfy these requirements. These mechanics can be used to teach many important fraction concepts, such as equal partitioning, addition, multiplication, mixed numbers, improper fractions, and common denominators. The game itself is instrumented so that it records everything the player does, allowing teachers and researchers to analyze play data.

Refraction runs in the browser, using Adobe Flash Player. The game is a research project in progress, so we’ll continue to update the game over time. You can play the game here.


Twitter Handbook for Teachers

You may have heard the name Twitter or Tweet, but haven’t discovered what it truly is. Twitter is a micro-blogging social network, allowing you to follower others and “Tweet” in 140 characters. It can be a very powerful learning tool for you and for your students.

The following handbook can help you get started with Twitter and how to use it professionally!