Using technology to...

...engage and flip your classes

SBCS and MSA April 2016

Terms like 'flipped'. 'blended' and 'mobile' learning are now relatively commonplace and the broader implementation of digital technology for teaching, learning and assessment has become a major priority. Yet practice is inconsistent and understanding of the how and, perhaps more importantly, the why are often lost in a whirlwind of 'whizzy' gadgets and what many see as technobabble. Often tech tools are used in isolation or as an add on or afterthought. This session is designed to get you thinking about how technology tools could be combined to deliver any topic you teach but also provides an opportunity to make judgements about which aspects of your planned approach would genuinely add value, what skills and effort it might entail and what the factors are that would determine successful implementation.


This session will begin with a broad sweep through tools that can help teachers delivering in traditional, blended or online. It will then use some of the tools to clarify terms and approaches and finish with a look at one or two courses where the learning design is aided by the use of technologies combined to support the underpinning pedagogy.

web based apps for teaching and learning

Discuss in small groups

Which of those stand out? Which could you use? Have you used any already? How was it?

Defining terms

Choose 1 (or try both) of the following and contribute to the definition (please1)

Flipped learning (using piratepad)

The 'cloud' (using Google slides)

or use this tool (todaysmeet) to ask me a question:

click here

Cloud tools used for self study group and flipping

Cloud tools used for blending and supporting in class activity

All the tools used

smore - online leaflet creator used as a 'host' or portal to resources

Linoit - post it note tool used to present or collaborate

prezi - cloud based presentation tool used to host videos and structure activity

vocaroo - instant MP3 recorder used for quick audio

audioboom - free podcasting tool used for longer audio for flipping

youtube -used to source video as well as hosting video content

box.com - place to store online and to share- nice interface

piratepad - instant collaboration/ no log in for creator or users

google forms - collate feedback

padlet -collaboration or presentation tool

blendspace- excellent curation and presentation tool - great for flipping

twitter - my choice of the many social media

screenr (no longer supported so I now use screencastify extension to Chrome)

storify - curate/ collect web content on a topic (inc. twitter)

google drive - great to create collaborative resources

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A couple of videos

Free Education: Tools - Martin Compton
Tech Teaching/ Tech Learning

What to do if you receive a Credly open badge claim code


An open badge is a way of recording achievement, particularly for things that are not recognised formally (often the sorts of undervalued skills such as developing confidence) The electronic version is the more useful (arguably!) and more permanent version. There is no obligation to claim and store the badge but if you wish to then this is what you will need to do – only complicated the first time!

1. Go to Credly.com and click on ‘claim credit’

2. Create a ‘credly’ account (this is one of many places teachers can create badges) (verify e-mail address)

3. Go to ‘claim credit’ again and paste in the code

Optional next stage to export badges to a global system used for sharing, adding to LinkedIn profile and so on.

4. Go to account settings and click ‘link’ next to where it says ‘openbadges.org’ on the right hand side

5. Follow on screen instructions to create a ‘persona’ account with Mozilla Backpack

6. Go back to credly, click on follow on screen instructions/ prompts

Materials Produced by Martin Compton

Senior Lecturer in Learning, Teaching and Professional Development at University of Greenwich