Flipping the classroom has suddenly become a hot topic at my school! Whenever I mentioned it some years ago people would smile and a glazed look appear on their faces. Now, suddenly everyone is talking about it. It’s an idea whose time has arrived. I’ve been looking for tools teachers could use to help them flip and came across EduCanon, a free web-service, although you can upgrade to a premium version.
EduCanon allows you to take an existing video stored on YouTube, Vimeo or Teacher Tube, and add multiple choice type questions at certain points on the time-line. You then build that video, with its interactive question and add it to a Class and Lesson. Students can then access the video as part of a class. You set the questions up with responses so students are told if they made the right choice or not. The premium version adds open-ended questions. You can then share the video, and embed it on a class blog or your Moodle page, which is really handy.
The interface is intuitive and user-friendly. Adding Questions was really easy, and the result looks clean and effective (here’s one I created www.educanon.com/public/8939/20682 when testing the site). The free version certainly seems capable of creating great content similar to the kind of video and quiz that you find on MOOCs such as Coursera. And all free!
My feeling is that this site could be used both for creating your own flipped content, or for getting students to create their own interactive videos, such as class presentations on a novel they are studying, or filming their own Science experiments, or feedback after group discussion. The possibilities are really endless. When thinking about the flipped classroom it has always struck me that we tend to imagine that content should only be created by the teacher, but how much more valuable to get students to research topics and post their presentations. Educanon is a great way to allow anyone to add questions to a video.