During my presentations at catechist workshops and training days I show catechists how Flipped Catechesis works for Blended Learning, Family Catechesis, and Flipped Classrooms. I always mention it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
First you must create the flip. Second, send the flip. And third, analyze the responses and use during your faith group session. The most requested questions about flipping catechesis that I receive are about finding videos to use and how to create the flip form. This post will focus on how to create a Google form for flipped catechesis. Note: Scroll down for the video tutorial!
Create a Google Form
It’s really easy to do! You must first sign in to your Google account. If you don’t have one, never fear, as it’s free and easy to do by clicking here. Once you are in go to Google Forms. The page should look like this.
Once on the website click Start A New Form. From there you will create a template form. That way, every time you create the next form simply copy the template and edit it so you will never need to recreate the form again! Give the form a title and next add the video section. After the video, add a place for the student name. Usually, First name and first initial of last name will work. Next, add three questions. Finally, you can add information such as read pages ___-___ from the text _______________________. That’s it!
A Note About Using Questions
For catechetical purposes I want the flip to be quick and easy to complete. It really serves as an introduction to the lesson. Videos should be under 4 minutes and students prefer selected response questions verses free response (writing answers) as they typically complete them on their phones. The first two should ask about information from the video. I may make one a multiple choice and the other check all that apply. Occasionally, for more challenging concepts I may also ask why is this important or what questions do you have about this as short answer questions. Finally, I have found a great way to get parents involved is to ask a short answer parent question. For example, as a parent, what have you experienced as a challenge to living this concept, how does this apply to parenting, or what is the values to practicing this in your own life.
Flipped catechesis benefits the student by introducing the topic and activating prior knowledge. It helps the parents by fostering communication between the child and the parent as well as informing the parents of what we are doing in class. It helps you because you can retrieve the answers just before the session and get a sense of student understanding on the topic and alert you to what questions they have. You can take that information to the classroom and focus on answering those questions. I always review the responses so the students know their time is important and the review serves as a perfect introduction to getting into the lesson.
I pray this will be as helpful for you as it has been for me! Many blessings as you begin to Flip Out with Flipped Catechesis. Please contact me with any questions as you begin to use Google Forms for Flipped catechesis!
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