The “Did You Know? / Shift Happens” video was created in 2008. I’ve updated here, with updated facts and corrected information. I have referenced the Did You Know? (also known as Shift Happens) video before on this blog. It’s one of my favorite discussion starters, when talking with educators about technology integration. I use the video at least five times a year, and the resulting discussion and buy-in is always jarring.
What Ramsey does in his class is ingenious. He takes the direct instruction and modeling portions of his class and records them as a screencast. His screencasts are usually about 7 minutes long, and they’re posted online. For homework, students have to watch the screencast — at home, on their smartphones, at the library, or in the computer lab — and answer questions about it via an online form. Then, Ramsey takes the first 15 minutes or so of class and has a Q and A session related to the video. After that, it’s all independent practice time.