A brilliant math teacher walked in to my room yesterday and said she thought she may have found the answer to her struggles with her flipped advanced math courses: knowing who viewed what, and for how long.
She has been fully committed to the flipped concept for most of the past two years, but she still faces struggles and pushback.
Some students claim to have watched the videos, but complain that they didn’t learn anything, so they don’t want to do them anymore. Others claim that the videos go too fast. Some others simply refuse to do them. While this is only a small portion of her classes, is a group large enough to take notice. This isn’t an access issue, mind you, it is about a withdrawal from traditional sit and get instruction. Being forced to interact with the material directly for understanding is an effort some students simply are not yet willing to step to.
One of the problems is accountability. The teacher uses YouTube, which doesn’t offer much for feedback beyond a hit count. Were those 50 hits from 40 kids or 10?
She also does not grade notes. I know many others do this, but she believes note-taking and other such work is a natural part of learning and shouldn’t be graded on a scale. She’s going for authentic grading. It’s a good thing.
The solution she found was a product called EduCanon. Though we only tinkered with it for a little while, the promise is golden: Upload your videos to the site, and get stats on who viewed, how long, how long per page, and as a bonus, can embed questions, files, and other documents to specific pages. She was excited to try it out.
I haven’t messed much yet with this or any other such product yet, but I’m interested to see if the feedback helps the teacher connect a student’s efforts to their understanding, and helps them build more intrinsic motivation in those students who just want to hand in a worksheet.
I would be very interested to learn more from others who use similar strategies and software for student accountability in high school classes.