Juno: An Easier Way to Flip Your Classroom

How powerful, teacher-created online instruction can be part of your school's daily routine — in literally minutes

Administrators are excited about 'flipped classrooms' because teachers using this model often get dramatically better outcomes. A flipped classroom simply inverts conventional teaching methods to deliver instruction online at home, and move 'homework' into the classroom. The idea is to build more productive student-teacher interaction and the higher-order learning objectives from Bloom's taxonomy.

In a typical example, a physics teacher might assign students to watch — at home — a short video introducing the concept of Newton's second law of motion. The next day in class, students work on applying the concept in typical homework problems, hands-on experiments, and discussion — all with the coaching and mentoring of their teacher, and in collaboration with fellow students. This model allows far more productive instructional time to be devoted to application, analysis, and synthesis than would be available in a traditional model.

Is a screencast video required to flip? Absolutely not — but it certainly helps to ensure engagement and consistency.

Why flipping flops

The problem is that most teachers simply don't have the time to sustain a lesson-capture practice. It takes time to plan the content, sit in front of the computer, learn how to use the recording and editing software, and make it happen daily or weekly. Some teachers may lack the practical ability to find their recordings, edit and title them, and figure out how to distribute them to students.

Content recorded by others can fill in the gaps, but students and parents consistently demand content recorded by their own teacher — so any sustainable flipped classroom practice will eventually need to address this.

Just as important, many recording programs on the market can only record in formats that require a robust internet connection and the right kind of computer.

Voice-activated, one-step lesson capture —
it doesn't get any easier

The practical challenges of flipping the classroom are why FrontRow created Juno. The Juno® lesson capture system makes it unbelievably easy to record high-quality audio/video clips (often called "screencasts") without adding any extra work to a teacher’s day.

  • Juno is voice-controlled, so teachers don’t even need to be at the computer to start, stop, and post a recording. They can capture an important concept on a whim, from wherever they are standing in the room.
  • Because it’s smart enough to automatically title the video based on teachers' schedules, Juno prepares files for upload without requiring teachers to do anything but teach.
  • Juno videos clearly show all the action on the teacher’s computer/interactive whiteboard with fantastic audio thanks to superior FrontRow mics.
  • Finally, because Juno records in the universal MP4 format, the recordings are accessible on practically any device – Mac or PC, computer or smart phone — so even students who lack computers at home can benefit.
FrontRow Juno lesson capture sequence

Press and say ‘begin’ to start recording.

 

Teach normally. All screen content, media audio, & teacher/student voices are captured. 

  When finished, press and say ‘finish.’ Juno automatically titles your recording based on your schedule and preps it for upload.   Students can access the recording that night from Google Apps for Education, Schoology, or any other site you choose.


Interested in FrontRow lesson capture? Get it here

 

If you have purchased a license for Teacher Edition and want to download the application, please click here.

 

45-Day free trial available

Teacher Edition Desktop is available for download as a full featured 45-day trial. At the end of the trial, the application can be purchased through an authorized FrontRow reseller in conjunction with FrontRow audio systems in order to record high quality audio through our wireless microphones.