I usually assign the videos at the beginning of the and assign the quiz on friday to be completed by Thursday. Or they can take notes in their own words if they choose not to take the quiz. Either are due Thursday. THis has improved video watch rate, although many are just watching to find answers, and a few I am sure just click answers without watching the videos, but we are not going to get everyone on every assignment. I have found that giving them several days to watch the video has eliminated excuses. " I dont have the internet" - "You have friends or family who do and you have 6 days to get there or to school early or late!"
I have had to give a little myself. It would be great to have the students wayed me on this - we spend tens of thousands of technology (computer labs, salary for 4 people, etc.).
The upside is the students the students that struggle get two 100's on their daily grade so they like it.
Offer another way to deliver the content. No internet, upload to flash drive, no computer burn to a DVD that can play on the DVD player. No DVD player supply a copy of notes with some worked and some unworked examples. Can you supply a place for students to watch videos before/after school...don't make it punitive but just a place to work? We are considering establishing a duty station before and after school in a computer lab so tech issues won't get in the way.
I try to make class pretty interactive where students get to work together. Sometimes students who don't watch the lesson watch in class while we play a game. Or when I work guided practice they try to learn through that. The kids who don't watch the videos would probably either 1) not pay attention anyways when you lecture or 2) not do the traditional homework anyways. So you can catch one or the other..just have to decide is it more important that they watch the video, would they take notes from the book at home, or read over a copy of notes and work examples.
If your videos are short, show them in class. Take control of the entire learning cycle.
Do they have access to technology? Would these students not do their homework anyway? Also when dealing with these populations I have found that many students work to help provide for the family or to provide for themselves, are bouncing from one home to the next, are taking care of younger siblings, or are socially in the wrong crowds or have parents that are consumed with survival themselves. Education just isn't that important (it's more of an ideal) when survival is day to day or paycheck to paycheck. The only thing I can think of is to build a relationship with individual students so they WANT to watch the videos. Trust will be the key. Thanks.
We are a fully flipped school - all classes, all flipped - and have encountered the same challenge. Our students who never learned how to 'do school' or 'do homework' don't do this new version of homework either. We have worked hard this year on really pushing them against the wall, so to speak, that they have got to take ownership for their own learning, but again most of the kids from disadvantaged backgrounds really do not.
So, we are sending a team of teachers to Albany, NY to the Uncommon Impact training, from Doug Lemov's Teach Like a Champion at Uncommon Schools. We are hoping that incorporating their techniques (how to put non-traditional students on the path to college) will be the second tool we need to make our school one that accelerates learning for all, and puts ALL on the path to college. We think currently that flipping is a tool to accelerate learning & allow more time on activities and 21st c skills, but we need an additional tool to make it more accessible by all students.
Check back in fall of 2013 when we might know more!
Hi! I posted something elsewhere on this site, but thought folks here might also be interested in it - A faculty member I work with (higher ed) had a similar experience with the videos (they tried to watch them all the night before the exam). Here are some of her tips - http://blog.peerinstruction.net/2013/04/16/the-2-most-powerful-flip...