The Flipped Classroom – Some brief guidance

I have been meaning to write this post for ages and I have finally got around to it.

So what is the flipped classroom?

In “flipped classes” students use technology at home to watch online video lectures, demonstrations, explanations of assignments and listen to podcasts. This of course, means much of the learning can be done at home, independently. In lessons teachers can be more like facilitators and more time can be spent guiding students, offering support and assessing understanding.

What can we use to create resources for the flipped classroom?

The iPad is perfect for this and can save a huge amount of time. We could use the following apps:

Explain Everything


VideoScribe HD

The apps above are great for making videos using images, YouTube videos, text and audio. These videos can then be shared with students to be viewed at home.


This could be used to film and edit a segment of a lesson or perhaps the teacher explaining something and shared with students. You could even combine Explain Everything videos and lesson segments together in one movie edited in iMovie.

ThingLink (App and website)

This can be used to create interactive images. You can tag video and text to the image to create a really engaging learning experience.

There are also web applications that you could use. (works on the iPad)

This can be used to create online presentation with embedded YouTube videos and text.

Google Apps

You can create online presentations with embedded content.

Padlet (works on ipad)

You can create an online wall that you can share with students. Teachers and students can add sticky notes to it and collaborate and share information and knowledge.

SoundCloud (iPad App available)

Teacher can very easily create audio podcasts that can be shared with students. Students can even add text comments at certain parts of the audio.

These are just a few examples to get you started.

If you would like to have a chat about any of these ideas or would like some training on how to use the apps / websites drop me an email.



  1. Guidance 😉

    I think you’ve hit the nail mostly on the head here Matt. I think there’s definitely a conversation to be had about the benefit of this model in relation to flipping it back again to. So, rather than it actually being a flip where you, ala Salman Khan, make the video/whatever resource. I think we could flip it further in getting students to make their own flipped resources too; becoming experts in all areas.

    Would say too, disagree with some examples as being sufficient to stand alone as flipped resources. Agree they can work in conjunction as part of bigger picture though, eg Padlet, as the place students record their thoughts, findings, understandings or stuck points. This could perhaps be clearer or am I missing the point?

    Good to start thinking about it though. Where you’re at with your mobile learning plan, it’s something you and many of your colleagues will want to consider.

    1. Cheers for your comments and thanks for the heads up about my stupid spelling mistake.

      Basically, these are just some of ideas to play around with. Combining them together is something I would think people would do. They do not have to standalone. Perhaps this could have been more clear.

      For instance, the teacher could share various resources on padlet and students can add their comments, feedback etc. Therefore combining these techniques together.


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