my video today during my prep I realized its a bit dry--I need my goofy nature to shine through in my recorded instruction. I gave a short anonymous survey today to all my students. I wanted to see how many students watch the video before class--most of them did NOT watch the video. It was, however, the first day of our Flipped class and a Monday.
For students who answered "No", I asked them why they didn't watch the video. About 72% said they just forgot. Only about 8 students out of 84 gave negative reasons for not watching the video.
Of the students who watched the video, only 3 said they didn't understand the video. The rest of them said they understood at least some of the video.
I hope this is some indication about the effectiveness of the video. My next survey will ask about how effective the video was. I also want to ask the kids for suggestions. I have read about some people who say you should always include the teacher in the video rather than just a voice. Despite all of the incredible presentation option, I thought I might go old-school and get out my video camera. I have a huge projection screen--I can focus the camera on the screen and include myself in the video walking back and forth and pointing things out. This is closer to the way I teach, so I think it will work better.
The final question was answered on a scale. I asked the students--"At this point do you think you will learn better or worse in a Flipped classroom". This is a question I plan on asking throughout the experiment.