PlayPosit is a powerful tool for bringing in a flipped classroom which swaps the "usual" teaching plan.

When used in conjunction with peer instruction in the classroom, research has proven that it significantly increases student comprehension.

What is a Flipped Classroom?

Imagine you're getting ready to start a new topic in class. Now imagine how you would normally prepare a lesson for that. My guess is that this would entail whole-class teaching and an engagement activity at the very least. After that, you'd likely assign homework. In a flipped classroom these are swapped. The topic intro is done at home, and the homework is done in class. In other words, the typical lecture and homework elements are reversed.

It's more involved than that and includes, ideally, things like peer instruction, but this is the very general idea.

How Does PlayPosit Fit In?

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The first thing to keep in mind is that this tool is to be used at home, by the students, before new material is about to be introduced in a particular topic. What the teacher does is either create or find a video explaining the topic to the required depth. We're not talking hour-long videos here. Something on the order of 10 to 20 minutes should do.

The video is embedded in PlayPosit and the teacher then embeds a series of questions throughout. The video pauses while the student thinks and answers the question (which must be answered before being able to move on).

The progress and answers to all questions can be viewed on the teachers administrator's panel in PlayPosit to ensure that all students have completed the assignment at home.

In class, students now do what normally would have been done for homework - activities, worksheets, projects, etc. Even better, roll in the peer instruction pedagogy with the use of a "clicker" like Kahoot.

Yes, there is much more to this including addressing issues such as students who don't do the homework or do very poorly on the video questions. All of these issues, and more, are properly addressed in a teacher development workshop which may be the topic of other articles on this site. 

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