Lesson Plan

Flipping your Instruction- Students as teachers

Students creating instructional videos to share with their peers
Sara S.
Media specialist/librarian
Sanger High School
Sanger, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Students will demonstrate learning by creating an instructional video about a core concept.

English Language Arts
English Language Learning
World Languages
Social Studies
Health & Wellness
Grades 9 – 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Concepts Defined

Activity: Presenting

Teacher will introduce a core concept for students to study and on which to become experts themselves.  Examples: ethos/pathos/logos, events leading to Great Depression, phases of Mitosis/Miosis, etc.  The concept here is only to be introduced by the teacher.  The students will investigate and become their own experts.

Student Instructions

Students will be responsible for learning the basic definition given by the teacher.

2 Student Research

Teacher facilitate groups and monitor student engagement.  Depending on the level of the students, the teacher may provide a handout for student groups to take notes from sources.  If students have never done research before, the teacher will need to teach basic researching skills of keyword searches, source analysis and evaluation, before letting students research.  The teacher may also need to explain MLA/APA citation style to students and guide students to cite sources as information is gained.  The teacher may also need to introduce or remind students about being responsible digital citizens who cite work and don't steal information from online sources.


Student Instructions

With guidance from teacher, students will use a variety of resources (even those not listed here) to research their concept and gain as much pertinent information as possible. Groups will be responsible for taking notes and writing source citations any time they take information from a source.  

3 Citation Tools

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Teacher will monitor that students cite information as they obtain it.

Student Instructions

Students can use citation generators if no citations are provided by the sources they reference.

4 Storyboarding

Activity: Creating

Teacher will provide parameters for student tutorial videos, and explain expectations for the quality of the product.  Student groups are responsible for teaching the rest of the class, so a certain level of accuracy and quality must be expressed.

Student Instructions

Students will plan out what information they would like to share with the class about their topic.  They will create step-by-step storyboards of what they will share, and will designate who in the group will speak on which section of the video.  Planning is essential because some video software is difficult to edit once something is started.

5 Creating Video Tutorial

Teacher will provide initial introduction to the video production tool (whether it be EduCreations or something else), and then monitor student groups for quality.

Student Instructions

Student groups will use EduCreations to create a video they can then share with their classmates that instructs others on a core topic.  

Using EduCreations, students can record them speaking while they write on the white surface; they can insert pictures while audio is paused, creating an effect that makes images appear out of nowhere; they can manipulate images and write on them, including PDFs or images found from the internet.  Once a recording has begun, it is impossible to go back and change slides.  This is why storyboarding is essential for the completion of this step.