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Explaining Science Concepts for Flipped Classroom and ELL Students

Heather predominantly uses Shadow Puppet to create videos for her students that describe science concepts that they talk about in class, especially concepts that they don’t have easy access to in the classroom.

Shadow Puppet completely changed the way I share concepts with my students. Before I’d just pull up an image on the projection board. Now I’ll find a bunch of images, record myself explaining how they demonstrate a certain concept, then share it with the students. It can be watched, re-watched and paused—they can learn at their own pace.”

Heather has made lesson videos in less than five minutes. Usually, she’ll go online looking for images that represent the concept to make it more real and understandable for her students. Then she’ll record the narration explaining the concept and upload the video to her class YouTube channel.

Shadow Puppet is really simple. It’s user-friendly. It doesn’t have so many bells and whistles that it becomes overwhelming. I like that I don’t have to sift through thousands of options to get to creating the product that I want for my students.”

One great benefit of Shadow Puppet being easy and quick way to make videos is that Heather can tailor her lesson videos to her audience, make up for gaps in the curriculum and give students the most up-to-date information.

Now I can customize the content really easily for my students and the unit. I can create basic videos for some students and go deeper into the content for my more advanced classes.”

Heather has also found that these lesson videos she produces herself engage her students far better than videos she’s found online.

The images combined with my voice are much more engaging than a video narrated by someone else they don’t know or a dry Powerpoint presentation. My voice makes a big difference. When I use these videos, they’re more engaged, and the more engaged they are the deeper their learning.”

Heather’s school also has many English language learners. She’s been able to reach them more effectively using Shadow Puppet.

Using images is also incredibly valuable for my English language learners. The images help aid in their understanding of the concepts even if their language skills aren’t quite there yet. It also makes it easier for them learn English when they hear it spoken and are able to match up those words with images.”

We asked Heather if she had any advice for teachers who were thinking of creating lesson videos for their students and here’s what she had to say.

When creating content like this I’ve learned ask myself, ‘Do I want it perfect, or do I want it today?’. If you agonize over getting it perfect, that isn’t real life and you’ll never get it done. I’ve decided I want it today.

Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in Science Classes
  • Use images to explain concepts that are hard to access in the classroom
  • Document an experiment and explain the results
  • Explain a cell diagram or frog dissection
  • Describe the lifecycle of a plant or habitat of an animal
  • Review the planets in the solar system or the world’s biomes

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Explaining Science Concepts for Flipped Classroom and ELL Students with Shadow Puppet educational app for iphone and ipad

Heather Green, Science Teacher

Heather teaches 7th and 8th grade science at a public middle school in Dallas, Texas.

Her school is a Bring Your Own Device school. She also has one iPad in her classroom.


 
Shadow Puppet educational app lesson ideas for science classes. How to use Shadow Puppet in science class.
Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in Science Classes

  • Use images to explain concepts that are hard to access in the classroom
  • Document an experiment and explain the results
  • Explain a cell diagram or frog dissection
  • Describe the lifecycle of a plant or habitat of an animal
  • Review the planets in the solar system or the world’s biomes