This year a few teachers of the Berlage Lyceum have been working with start-up company OnLes to video tape lessons that can be used to flip the classroom.Flip the classroom is the method of a recording videos in which you explain the content of the lesson and tell students to watch it for homework. This way fast students can chose to skip certain parts and slower students can rewind and look up extra information. In the lesson the teacher is then able to give more attention to each individual students as they put the content that they have learned for homework into practice.
OnLes is a company that wants to built a databank of teachers explaining things. They believe that what is missing from the great sucess that Khan Academy enjoys is the personal touch of watching a teacher explain. Their goal is to have the entire Dutch curriculum explained by different teachers.
OnLes takes care of all of the equipment and video editing. All the teacher needs to do is show up and teach their chosen topic. They are currently looking to expand their contacts with other schools and teachers so have a look on their website and contact them if you would like to participate.
Below you can watch our first try at this with Berlage’s Geography teacher Rikkert Heydendael in both a lesson with and without a green screen.
You can see that the video in front of the green screen looks much slicker. Capturing a smartboard on screen remains a tricky process that using a green screen can bypass. Though teaching like a weatherman requires some practice. Of course the scene behind the teacher does not have to be a classroom. The green screen enables you to be wherever you want to be.
So where would you like to teach your lesson?