FlipGrid is one of edtech’s most versatile tools, as its super user-friendliness applies from kindergarten to university to professional meetings and beyond. I’ve had the opportunity to use FlipGrid in many different educational settings:
- in my own high school Social Studies classrooms (I often make FlipGrid one of several ‘options’ for high school students)
- as an Instructional Coach, one of my favourite parts of my job is introducing teachers to the fabulous flexibility that is Flipgrid. One way we do this has teachers use FlipGrid to reflect on their learning after we have hosted a Professional Development session. Usually, Flipgrid is new to them and they are a little bit shy about the ‘on camera’ part, but by the time they leave, they are interested in using FlipGrid TOMORROW in their classes. So then I have an opportunity to…
- provide support for teachers when they use FlipGrid for the first time in their classes; we have many ELL classrooms, and the teachers were over the moon when they started to use FlipGrid to give a voice to students as young as first grade
- at our Distance Learning School, as the mode through which Language Arts students submit their oral assignments. What an improvement over previous methods – students are much more likely to submit oral assignments so I feel that I get to know them a bit better.
- in a college Educational Technology course that I taught for pre-service teachers – when FlipGrid was new, I knew that I had to add it to the syllabus for the ‘video’ week in my course; see a sample topic from the course in the Disco Library
- helping our video-conference teachers use FlipGrid to connect their students between remote campuses
- as a method of bringing teachers together asynchronously to participate in District Wide professional book studies across 300+ km in our rural school division (check out this link to topic in FlipGrid’s Disco Library)
- providing alternative ways of furthering our staff professional learning after hosting a Google Summit
FlipGrid is excellent at sharing resources to help train and inspire others:
- FlipGrid ebook 3.0 – written by Sean Fahey and Karly Moura, this is the ultimate guide to using FlipGrid
- work through this FlipGrid hyperdoc by Karly Moura to learn the basics
- increase engagement for students or adult learners with a #Fliphunt
- great ideas for using FlipGrid to “Amplify Oral Proficiency” via @loliveira55
- conduct a FlipGrid Amazing Race or Bingo game at your next staff event based on this template by Jornea Erwin @Savvy_Educator
- stay up-to-date on the latest FlipGrid happenings by subscribing to the FlipGrid blog & newsletter
- find FlipGrid presentations and so much more at the FlipGrid Resources page
FlipGrid is so amazing at sharing and crowdsourcing their resources that I barely need to create my own, but here are a few that I’ve put together to support my teachers and students:
- Tech Tip video: How to label a FlipGrid Response
- Professional Development Bingo – many of the tasks require FlipGrid reflection
And some tips for making FlipGrid easier to use in your classroom:
- Shy students??
- Let them start out by just recording their voice – let the video capture a book cover or a blank page
- Keep the topic moderation “on” – that way you can see the student videos, but classmates will not be able to see each other’s videos – a “safe” way to start. Introduce students to the new My FlipGrid feature so that they can see all of their videos, including those that are moderated
- design FlipGrid tasks such as scavenger hunts where students can record a list of objects, using the rear-facing camera instead of showing their own face
- Young students?? Set up a center or station with an iPad and have them all record on the same device; the first few times they will need adult guidance, but after some practice, they will be able to click that green button and go!
- Need to simplify video project playback?? Students can upload previously recorded videos to a FlipGrid topic, allowing them to easily be viewed one after the other for a class viewing party
- Scavenger Hunt?? Make it quick and easy with a FlipGrid #Fliphunt! Have participants use the rear-facing camera and “pause” the video while they collect all of the “objects”
- Absent Students?? If you have a student that has been out of class for an extended period of time, use FlipGrid to record and send encouraging messages from classmates
- Time Zone Constraints?? Ever try to Skype with a class on the other side of the world? Maybe not, because the ‘timing’ often just does not work. Subvert the time zone curse by having classes communicate internationally using FlipGrid.
- Teaching Alberta Grade 2 or 4 Social Studies?? Use #GridPals to find and connect with other classes in the communities or provinces that you study
#FlipGridFever is what you catch when you love FlipGrid and are happy to share it with others.
With a little bit of training, you can submit applications to earn Certifications like the ones I have below. It usually involves a fair bit of work, but the learning is worth it. Check out the video that I created for my Level 2 FlipGrid Certified Educator badge.
There are lots of webinars and Twitter chats to participate in and increase your knowledge of using FlipGrid. certificate-Flipgrid + Formative Assessment
As you can see from the map below, Canada could use some FlipGrid #GridGuides, so hopefully this blog as my #GridGuide #FieldNotes will do the trick!