Online content in 15 minutes

The world is flipping for flipping lessons. To be honest, you might think it is a good idea, but is making you flip out a little! You want to create engaging content for your students. You would love for the lower order thinking part of your lessons to be set as a home task, freeing up classroom time for applying and creating. You would love to have lessons online to refer students to if they were absent, need revision, or want to learn something described in a different way. You would hope for the content to be interesting, to challenge and test students’ understanding.

BUT… (And this is a big, naughty use of the word BUT to start a sentence!!!) you don’t have time. Sound familiar?

Online content in a flash

Well, here are my tips for creating an online lesson for your students in 15 minutes:

  1. Set the students the task of finding a video that teaches the new concept.
  2. Ask students to find a quiz that tests their understanding of the new concept.
  3. Have students send you their favourite link.
  4. Watch the videos suggested.
  5. Attempt the suggested quizzes.
  6. If the materials are suitable, put them straight onto a blog page, Moodle lesson or email them to your students.

It does not have to be perfect. It just needs to be there, to stimulate learning and to provide students with support. You can improve the lesson each year you teach it.

Want to see an imperfectly perfect example that has worked for Japanese classes learning about adjectives?


Learn 4 useful adjectives:

How to make the different い adjective forms:


Flashcards showing adjective conjugation:


What’s the present negative form for the following adjectives? (is not…)
What’s the past affirmative forms for the following adjectives?    (was..)

What’s the past negative forms for the following adjectives?   (was not…)

Over to you..

Have you quickly made a successful lesson online? What are your tips? We would love to hear what works for you and your students. Share your lesson in the section below.

How to successfully teach Languages via video conference

More and more, schools are harnessing the power of technology to provide their students with Language learning opportunities, that would have been otherwise impossible. Schools are connecting classes to run elective classes that have too few numbers to run independently, or to share the expertise of a Language teacher with other schools that do not have a qualified teacher for a particular language, as well as connecting their students with overseas students.

 Teaching Languages via video conference is most successful when:
* The teachers are highly adept at operating the equipment
* The delivering teacher is well presented, vibrant and energetic
* The delivering teacher has developed a rapport with the students and receiving teacher
* The receiving teacher participates enthusiastically – engagement is contagious!
* The lesson materials are of the highest intellectual quality – visually stimulating and sufficiently challenging
* The lesson includes a variety of activities emphasising student participation
* The lessons are followed up with consolidation lessons in the classroom and learning activities, that students complete independently.

NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre has released a professional learning resource to support schools considering a blended learning program:

Putting a teacher in front of a camera and linking to a class is not enough. The best lessons are created by a team of consultants, directors, principals, teachers, parents and students working together. A committed team and investing time in professional learning and material development ensure success.

Do you teach via video conference? What do you think is essential for success? Leave a comment below.