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Flip Your Class or Try Blended Learning with Screen-Cast-O-Matic

somScreen-Cast-O-Matic (SOM) is an easy and inexpensive tool that can transform your classroom into a blended, differentiated learning space. Approved by NCCS for district use, teachers and administrators can use SOM to communicate with parents and students,  in class use, or learning outside traditional classroom hours. If you have students over 13, you can work with parents to develop a plan for student use of this tool as well.

By using SOM, you can actually be two or more places at once. Use the program to:

  • Provide directions, procedures, or information for self-paced assignments
  • Teach pre-requisite skills at stations
  • Serve as the launch activity for your class or for a particular group of students
  • Give students an opportunity to review material at home
  • Allow students to work at their own pace or review information as needed
  • Provide a review or follow-up for students at the end of a unit
  • (For students over 13) Allow students to teach or explain concepts as well as create guided reviews of material

Opportunities for Differentiation

Use SOM to provide differentiated instruction to students in small group settings, on an individual basis, or even as a whole class. A short series of videos could provide review on a specific set of standards, skills, processes, or procedures. Students can use the videos as an introduction or as a review. Students can revisit material as needed. You can also provide videos to parents and tutors who support the student.

Communicating with Stakeholders

SOM is a great tool for sharing information with parents. Use the program to create informational videos for parents. Here are some ideas:

  • How to navigate your website
  • Articulating your expectations
  • Sharing specific online resources parents might use to support their child
  • An overview of a project, unit, or concept that students may find challenging
  • A get to know me video to help parents feel more comfortable approaching you

Click here to see a demo!

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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