Class time created by vodcasting lectures to watch at home
July 10th, 2008

In science classes at Woodland Park High School in Colorado, lectures are recorded and assigned as homework so students can spend class time with hands-on projects, getting teacher help, and discussions. Tony Vincent describes this highly successful experiment on his blog An article about the method in The Pikes Peak Courier View begins:

Two Woodland Park High School chemistry teachers have turned class work and homework on their heads using technology. Now students listen to the teachers’ lectures at home and come to class to do their work

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams started recording their classroom lectures last year, which is nothing new – college professors have been doing that for a few years. What is new this year is that the two have taken the process a step further. Now they record lectures at home as video podcasts. Students watch them at home and come to school ready to try out what they’ve learned.

The video podcasts are created starting with a basic PowerPoint document. Software allows the teachers to record voices and write over the power-point document using an electronic tablet.

The lesson is saved so that students can download it from the school Web site for use at home or, if they don’t have high speed Internet at home, they can download it to a flash drive and take it home.

Students who don’t have computers at home can get the DVD version of the lecture and watch it on their TVs. Some students even watch them on their I-Pods or I-Phones, Bergmann said. . . .

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