When it comes to using YouTube in the classroom, there are many problems I have encountered. These include unsuitable material popping up around the video, advertising and inappropriate comments. Some schools also have specific rules not allowing or restricting the use of YouTube.
When it comes to flipped/blended learning, I started out by sharing the videos I created through
YouTube and I had the same problems. I addition, YouTube can be a major distraction for students.
YouTube is also a barrier to entry for teachers wishing to flip their classes, they do not want their content on YouTube, even if the account is set to private.
What is the solution to all these issues?
If your school and students have ClickView accounts, it provides a private and secure platform for teachers to upload their content.
Every teacher has a workspace to upload their video content and the size available is up to 10GB. No advertising, inappropriate material, comments, distractions or privacy issues. In addition to your content, there is a large database of resources for every subject area.
Another benefit of ClickView is that it is an established, reputable brand. I remember when I first started teaching in 2012 I would use ClickView videos in my class. Most Teachers and students are familiar with ClickView or have at least heard of it. This usually puts teachers minds at ease.
A new feature from ClickView is the ability to make videos interactive. Instead of students simply watching the video and taking notes, you can insert multiple choice, short answer and true or false questions. You can also have annotation, image or missing word type questions at different points in the video. A nice video series explaining this can be found here: http://online.clickview.com.au/exchange/channels/3019838/flipped-lessons-with-rupert-denton
as well as your uploaded content, you can make interactive videos on existing video content in the library.
Once students have watched the content, you can go into the analytics of that particular video and review the progress of the students. As students have ClickView logins, their name appears, which means you can track who watched the video, how many attempts they had, what time of day they watched the video and what questions each student answered correctly and incorrectly.
ClickView is monitored closely by the administration team and you are provided with constant support from ClickView staff.
If you wish, you can also choose to create a featured channel which is made public. This can be a real help to promote the benefits of ClickView to other teachers.
Being my first post, I thought I would start by outlining my reasons for starting a blog:
1. Having discovered Twitter this year, I feel like blogging is the natural progression.
2. To share and reflect on my practice.
3. To build my online PLC.
4. To experience blogging before incorporating into my classes.
5. Having enrolled in my Masters, I will need to get used to completing assignments again - blogging will help me improve my writing.
I am going to use this first blog post to reflect on my journey into flipped learning in 2016. I will