Lesson Flips with Video clips

As teachers, do we really want to spend valuable lesson time providing students with information which they are perfectly capable of acquiring in their own time?  Surely it makes sense to set homework tasks which help them to familiarise themselves with key material in advance of our lessons, and then spend the lessons exploring that knowledge and putting it to good use?  This is the underlying premise of “flipped learning”, a movement which is gaining increasing momentum in modern education.

Of course, pupils can gain knowledge in a variety of ways, but one of the most effective mediums is video, which has the ability to combine images with sounds, and to support spoken words with written words.  However, many teachers are sceptical about the idea of pupils watching videos in their own time and really taking their content on board.  So, here are a couple of ways in which this problem can be tackled.

1. Ted-Ed. Many of you will have come across the excellent Ted Talks available for classroom use (if not, click here for more details).  Ted-Ed is an online package which allows you to construct a learning experience based on any online video you care to choose.  Use it to search for clips, set objectives, add multiple choice questions, add thought-provoking questions, or add extension notes, and track the progress of students.  This film tells you more:

Click here to visit the Ted-Ed website.

2. resourcdblogs.com. Set up your own blog, embed video clips in it, and set quizzes based on those quizzes.  Click here for an example from the Loreto Classics department, and watch Jamie Davies’ excellent explanation of how to set up your own blog:

Don’t forget to explore all the fantastic BBC clips available here.  There are also lots of excellent clips available here at the Khan Academy website.


BBC Learning Zone


The BBC has created an online library of short video clips specifically for secondary school teachers to use in their lessons, covering a vast range of topics.  If you haven’t yet discovered it, click here.