If you know me & have been around me for very long, you know that I love the idea of the flipped classroom. I think it is amazing when students own their learning and we serve as facilitators. A tool I heard about this week is called: Knowmia! Knowmia is a new service that has gotten a lot of press this week. The site was started by the same people who brought us the Flip camera.
Knowmia is a iPad app and a website for viewing, creating and sharing video lessons. The website houses a collection of videos made by teachers for students. Right now there are about 7,000 videos.
The Knowmia iPad app is an app for creating your own whiteboard videos. I read that the app has far more creation options than the similar Showme and Educreations apps. You can draw free-hand on the whiteboard screen or insert pre-made shapes. You can also use pictures and video clips in your video lesson.
This week in our video challenge, we talk about using cell phones in the classroom to allow students to create their own flipped classroom videos to study later on in the curriculum. This also can assess their knowledge in a less conventional way than a quiz or a closure activity. Unfortunately Knowmia does not have a student section yet but hopefully they will soon!