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Wastler thinks it has been a challenge for teachers to shorten their lectures from about 45 minutes long to 5- or 10-minute videos.

“They’re cutting out superfluous content,” he said. “So, it’s watching teachers grow and learn how to deliver content efficiently for their students in a limited amount of time.”

While watching the videos at home, students fill out what is called a “Watch Summarize Question” form, to which they can refer the next day for their practice problems. On the sheet, they write down where and when they watched the video, a summary of what they learned and any questions they have.

Freshman Kyle Dale, who used the sheet to help him solve problems in class Feb. 21, said he thinks the flipped classroom is better than spending his time taking notes while listening to a lecture during class.

“We have more time in class to do work,” he said.

Tylerann Jahraus, another freshman, finds homework now takes less time to complete. Students can also study for a test by going back and re-watching old videos.

Gillen said while it works well in her algebra class, she’s more hesitant to use the flipped classroom with her Advanced Placement calculus students.

“It would be a tough adjustment at first because the content is so much trickier,” she said.

Wastler said Edmodo has an alerts feature, which helped get information out to students during the many snow days used this year. Students with the phone application will get the alerts sent right to their phone.

There is also a place on the site where students can ask questions and teachers can reply - something the entire class can see.

“It catalogs all the questions so the teachers can go back and use the questions from a previous semester to predetermine where they need to change in the instructional process,” he said.

Wastler believes the best feedback he’s gotten about the flipped classroom model is from parents and students.

“Initially the feedback was negative when they started,” he said. “They don’t realize it’s only 5 or 10 minutes (of video), watched at their own pace.”

Students quickly become attached to the digital learning because they have more control over their education, Wastler said. Parents now also look at it favorably.

“They can see exactly what their student learned with that video so they can support their student at home,” he said.

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