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Sep 15, 2017

Our 6 Favorite Flipped Classroom Resources

James Francis

If you’re a teacher, you’re already well aware that a wave of technology has infiltrated nearly every classroom. Flipped classrooms are no longer a theoretical revolution on the horizon - they’ve arrived and they’re here to stay.

Since our screen recorder is used in thousands of flipped classrooms around the world, we were able to survey a handful of our most innovative customers about their favorite flipped classroom resources.

We wanted to share some of the highlights of those conversations, so we selected a few great companies paving the way to a better, more effective flipped classroom. Our criteria for this list was simple:

  • Ease of use. Can teachers and students of all technological proficiency use the tool?
  • Potential for learning. Is it designed to facilitate real student learning?
  • Fun and creativity. Does it make flipped classrooms more engaging for students?

Without further ado, here’s our list (in no particular order) of the best resources and tools for flipped classrooms, along with some app smashing tips.


PowToon allows teachers to bring lessons to life by allowing them to create animated cartoons super easily. Absolutely no animation experience is needed - PowToon is about as easy to use as PowerPoint. We can almost guarantee you’ll capture your students’ attention with PowToon videos - and they’ll ask you how on earth you made it! PowToon has a free version, as well as special EDU pricing for their premium plans.

App Smash Teacher Tip: Show your students how to become professional animators! Once you’re familiar with PowToon, create a quick tutorial video using Screencastify and share it with your class.


NearPod allows teachers to create lessons that are way more engaging than your regular old PowerPoint presentation. Nearpod’s interactive lessons can include videos, website, 3D objects, and multiple ways to gather student feedback including polls, quizzes, and open-ended questions. A free version is available for classes up to 30 students.

App Smash Teacher Tip: Embed your Screencastify recordings into a NearPod lesson to add a personal touch and explain more difficult concepts to students.

Google Forms

We know you might see Google Forms and think to yourself…“duh!” But we had to include Forms on this list for two reasons. First, it’s 100% free and hands-down the easiest way to collect feedback from your students, no matter what device they’re using. Second, over the past year, a handful of new features have made Google Forms more powerful, including:

  • Quizzes
  • Logic flow (so you can have students see more difficult questions as they answer correctly, for example)
  • More question types including checkbox grids and file uploads

App Smash Teacher Tip: Every time you create a Screencastify recording, create a simple Google Forms Quiz that goes along with it. That way, you’ll always be able to ensure basic comprehension when you assign it to your students.


BoomWriter is a clever way to have your students exercise their creative writing muscles and collaboratively build a story (fiction or nonfiction). Basically, students can respond to a writing prompt and then anonymously vote on their favorite submissions for each “chapter”. When the story is complete, you can even order a real book comprised of all the winning chapters! BoomWriter has both a free and a PRO version.

App Smash Teacher Tip: Use Screencastify to record yourself review each student’s writing submission and giving feedback. Not only will this save you time, but it will also enable you to deliver personalized feedback in a more human, thoughtful way.

Bonus App Smash Teacher Tip: After your students have written their submissions, have them bring it to life with a PowToon animation!


TEDEd is a completely free tool that allows you create a lesson based on a TED talk or YouTube video. Simply choose a video and add multiple choice questions, start a discussion forum, and/or provide further reading. Choose from 200,000 plus existing lessons or create your own.

App Smash Teacher Tip: Record your own lesson with Screencastify and publish it to YouTube. Then use TEDEd to make it more engaging and interactive.

Screencastify (well, what'd you expect?) 😉

Ok ok, we might be a little biased. But 4,500 schools and millions of students can't be wrong, right? We truly believe that Screencastify is a must-have for any flipped classroom. Simple enough for Pre-K and powerful enough for universities, Screencastify enables teachers to record, edit and share screencasts in seconds. Plus, your recordings automatically save to Google Drive. Teachers use Screencastify to record lessons, give personalized feedback, and create engaging assignments for students. We offer both a free and a Premium version.

Are you interested in setting up your teachers, classroom, school or district with Screencastify? Get in touch!

James Francis

As CEO, James leads Screencastify towards its mission of giving every teacher superpowers.