Fail. Maybe not an “epic fail,” but still a fail.
F – First
A – Attempt
I – In
L – Learning
You’ve probably heard this acronym before, but it particularly came to mind when I had some tech issues this week, and needed to find an alternative way to create two flipped lessons without my usual means. (I.E.: I have created many flipped lessons before, but my usual pathway was blocked.)Explain Everything for iPhone
For the first flipped lesson, I installed the “Explain Everything” app on my phone. I imported slides from my iPhone email, then imported them into the app. I was able to voice record just perfectly, feeling like my phone had magically become a microphone to complete my projects.
With naivety, I gleefully rendered the video. I uploaded the project as an “unlisted education” video to my YouTube channel. I then provided the link to my students, to enjoy the dulcet toned of my voice… until I checked the finished product.
The video was clearly made on a phone. It was a landscape-shaped image of my slides, smushed into a portrait orientation. I could hear the wind coming out of my sails.
For now, the video is usable. But I will need to make some major adjustments if I am going to use Explain Everything on my phone to create another flipped lesson.
iMovie for iPad
For the second video, I switched things up. I used the iMovie app on my iPad. It took some more trial-and-error, but I can see myself using iMovie more in future projects.
The one thing to remember if using iMovie to convert your presentations into a flipped lesson is to consider how long each slide plays and whether animating each picture or slide will interfere with the information on your slides. In other words, not having images “slide” while you talk should be a strong consideration.
There are many features I’m discovering the more I use this app, and I’m excited to become well-versed at all its capabilities.
Mistakes are Opportunities
One of my undergraduate dance professors would regularly remind us to “always look at mistakes as opportunities for growth.” I have always kept this in my mind as imperfections and surprises come my way in life.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to find new and wonderful ways to make my instruction strong and engaging for my students!