Flipped Classroom

Ideas and Resources for Learning Beyond the Classroom

As the Internet becomes more and more complex by the day, the opportunity for learning outside the classroom environment grows as well. Below are seven concepts that can be used to develop a flipped classroom. Below each concept I have included several resources that will assist in creating this environment. In addition, any tutorials that are available connected to the resource are provided here as well.

A Word of Caution

Some of these applications require students to register via an e-mail address. More importantly, any student under 13 requires parent permission to use most of these resources as well. To be safe, it is recommended that a permission slip is sent out asking permission for students to use these resources, something the District is working on for all school buildings. In the meantime, a generic permission slip is certainly acceptable.

Developing an Online Community

How do you provide the resources to make the flipped classroom happen? There are countless ways of doing this very task. Below are several educationally driven ways to post content online for students to access.

Google Sites


Free - Provided to all teachers through their Pennridge Google Accounts

The default manner in Pennridge School District to post material online, Google Sites allows for a tremendous amount of content to be posted quickly and easily.



Free - Requires Registration and Parent Permission

Potentially the strongest (and definately most popular) way of distributing content to students, Edmodo offers an easy way to post content in a social media type of environment but still creating a safe learning community only students and parents can access.



Free - No registration for students to access lessons, but requires registration and parent permission for classroom management features.

Registration using Google is Available

Formally called Edcanvas, Blendspace allows you to create and distribute content to students very quickly and efficiently. Teachers can create online lessons that students can access with a link, or create a classroom environment similar to Edmodo. Blendspace and Edmodo actually work in concert with each other if teachers want to take advantage of both.

Organizing One's Thoughts

One task that students continually need to complete but seldomly have enough time to do so is organizing their ideas, whether it be for a group project, a written assignment, or a class presentation. There are tremendous applications that will allow students to develop these ideas and bring a plan with them to school, making the most out of class time.



Free - No registration needed for students to create a brainstorming map, but requires registration and parent permission to save and edit maps later.

Simply the most straightforward brainstorming site out there. An interactive tutorial shows students to create and navigate a map (also called a Popplet), how to change colors, link ideas, and even insert images and video.



Free - No registration needed for students to post to a teacher padlet, but registration and parent permission is needed for students to create their own.

Registration using Google is Available

Padlet is a digital word wall which allows teachers to very easily gather opinions from students, but it can also provide an area for students to brainstorm their own ideas, complete with images, web content, and video. With a simple click students are able to "jot" down their ideas.

A word of caution - if you decide to open Padlet up without registration, students can post anonymously. This is usually good for in class lessons where anonymity is restricted and you are monitoring the activity,



Free - No registration needed for students to view presentations, but requires registration and parent permission to create presentations.

Prezi is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Presentation, but also adds a non-linear element, which lends itself nicely to grouping information in a more abstract format. Prezi is, of course, a great alternative for students to use for PowerPoint and Google Presentation as well.

Take Students on a Global Field Trip

Applicable to any subject area, navigation tools from Google are incredibly engaging, easy to create, and, in most cases, even easier to share. Students can be transported to locations they will likely never experience in person, creating curriclum connections seldom duplicated by other resources.

Where are We

Digital Flier

Entirely Free - No registration required as all content is executed via Google Accounts.

Please navigate to the "Where Are We" flier for web links and tutiorials on how to create global field trips.

Write (and Design) till their heart's content

In recent years applications have been developed in education circles to bridge the gap betweeen digital publishing and creative writing. These tools are accessible outside of the classroom, removing restrictions based on time, physical location, and in most cases device requirements.

Digital Storytelling

Digital Flier

Cost and registration varies depending on the application. A comparison chart is included here which provide an overview of accessiblilty and cost.

Please navigate to the "Digital Storytelling" flier for web links and tutorials connected to digital storytelling.

Explore the Web, and Show Where They Have Been

Many of the above tools provide ways for students to share content they have found via research and web exploration tasks. However, sometimes a small image or video recording can tell a lot about their experience.



Free - No registration required

Screencast-O-Matic is a web based tool that allows anyone to record the actions on their screen. It also detects audio, allowing for narration of the actions as long as the computer has an internal microphone. Paired with Windows Movie Maker, students can create their own tours of the internet.

Snipping Tool

Free - Installed on Every Windows 7 or Windows 8 Computer

Sometimes it is difficult to copy text or interactive content aboard websites. The Snipping Tool is found in every Windows start menu and allows students to capture their screen or a small selection of it. This tool is irreplaceable for assignments that ask students to examine website content.

Providing Opportunties for Guided Practice and Polling

Independent practice of key concepts is critical for every subject area, and there are tremendous applications that permit students to not only participate in practice activities, but will track their progress as well.



A free version exists, which permits students to access content developed by the teacher. Paid features allow teachers to track student progress and include more complex content within the presentation. Registration is not required by students, but parent permission is recommended.

Nearpod produces an environment where digital presentation meets student engagement - allowing students with any sort of device in hand to seamless interact with a presentation, including accessing web content, embedded videos, and polling that will expand upon the traditional presentation model.



A free version exists, which permits students to access content developed by the teacher. Paid features allow teachers to track student progress. Registration is not required by students, but parent permission is recommended.

Quizzlet's provides study materials, specifically digital flashcards, for students in any subject. Material can be found in pre-developed flashcard sets or created using a simple online editor. This way students can practice anywhere, anytime.



Free - Student and Parent Registration Required

EdPuzzle allows teachers to assign a video assignment, including commentary and test questions without occupying class time to do so. Videos are captured from YouTube, Khan Academy, National Geographic, or online video sources. You can also upload your own video if you would like. EdPuzzle allows you to create questions which will pause the video until the student responds, and also allows a teacher to record their voice to narrate the video, bringing the classroom experience with the video wherever students are.

Poll Everywhere


Free. Some advanced tools require pricing for tracking of student responses.

Poll Everywhere is simply the best standalone interactive polling site available. While often used as a check for understanding or to develop discussion in the classroom, students can respond to polls outside the classroom using most any device. Poll Everywhere could be implemented to check for understanding before students come to class or to generate discussion topics for class discussion.

Creating an Online Graphic

While creative efforts are always valued within the classroom, there is always the concern that these efforts will consume too much time, and thus detract from traditional instructional practices. Allowing students to create graphics outside of school ties together the effort to flip the classroom with the creation of a product that employs both creativity and technology. While a short list is provided below, this is certainly a strong area to consult EdShelf, an online catalogue of educational applications that can recommend literally hundreds of other programs that might meet your needs.



Free - No registration required.

It is odd to think of a web application as "timeless," but this is indeed how Wordle should be described. A simple word cloud generator, Wordle allows students to provide terms that are significant to their curriculum connected activity and build a creative image from these terms. While one of the first Web 2.0 applications to hit the internet, it still has tremendous value in the classroom.



Free - Registration and Parent Permission Required

An alternative to more complex web-posting, "Smore.com" provides a way to create fliers that might advertise events or other digital content. Smore fliers can embed video, hyperlinks, maps, and are very easily to circulate. In this way Smore content can not only be communicated easily from student to teacher, but student to student as well.



Cost - Student Registration and Parent Permission Required

Glogster replaces the prototypical poster assignment that asks students to create a combination of visual and text elements to not only provide information but to learn the aesthetics of visually portraying ideas. This also allows student posters to easily be projected, allowing for more effective presentations.



Free - Student and Parent Registration Required

Registration using Google is available.

Piktochart provides an online editor that allows users to create create infographics. The software provides an incredibly professional result in combination with a surprisingly user friendly experience. While more appropriate for secondary students, elementary school teachers may want to employ Piktochart to create class materials or posters for Math and Science instructions.