A very fun way to learn is to mesh technology and comedy in the classroom. What better way to get a lesson to stick than to break out of the norm and do away with tradition. There are educators all over the country that are implementing a bit of humor and fun into their curriculum.
Using a flip camera, a tripod and a contagious enthusiasm for learning, fifth-grade teachers Nona Meissner and Rachel Hilchey have been recording five-minute math lessons for their students each week and posting them on YouTube.
The duo records themselves teaching math lessons, sometimes singing about place value and rapping about decimal numbers to introduce students to subjects before they are taught in class. It’s a method referred to as flipping the classroom.
Meissner said she discovered the idea while scrolling through her Twitter account this summer and decided to give it a try.
“A true flipped classroom is where you video the lessons, they are viewed by students outside the class for homework, and then when they come into the classroom they get more one-on-one time with me, instead of me just delivering a message,” said Meissner, who has been teaching for eight years.
While Hilchey and Meissner began recording the videos on their own, Instructional Technology Coordinator Toni Erickson said she was more than happy to step in and help.
The Hallsville district transitioned this fall to HISD Google, a free online service that includes Google Drive, Gmail and more, saving the district thousands of dollars and increasing efficiency, Erickson said.