Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that helps educators see and hear every student in the classroom and create a fun and supportive social learning environment.
Flipgrid is known to be popular in schools – so popular in many countries that its meteoric rise has been called the “Flipgrid craze”. The tool has been freely available to educators for more than a year after being acquired by Microsoft.
One of the great things about Flipgrid is its ease of use. Teachers set up an account and create a grid that serves as a community for students to work in. In each grid, teachers create prompts, called topics, and students post video responses to the prompts and each other’s videos. Most of the videos are short, a minute or two, and the tools are simple enough for preschoolers to use.
9 new and effective ways to use flipgrid
1. Sharing Book Reviews
With Flipgrid’s new Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities, classrooms and classroom libraries can use video QR codes to create an interactive way for students to share book reviews. After the student records the review, the teacher can print the QR code and paste it on the book, and the student’s classmates can use the device to scan the code to view the review, helping the student decide whether to read the book.
2. Practice world language skills:
Flipgrid allows teachers from different regions and countries to work together. For world language teachers, this creates opportunities for students to practice their speaking skills in larger groups, not just their classes. Students can post videos to practice the vocabulary they are learning, instead of being limited to practicing with people in the class, they can connect with other students around the world who are learning the same language, share and expand their skills or engage in conversations with that language of native speakers.
3. Improve accessibility for all students:
Flipgrid expands with many accessibility features to ensure all students can participate. Students can use subtitles while watching videos, which also creates a full transcript for each video. Microsoft’s Immersive Reader can be used in any text within headings and topics to read text aloud and break words into syllables for easy decoding.
4. Invite external speakers:
Guest mode allows teachers to invite guest speakers to participate in class discussions. Guests can watch student videos and post their own. This option allows experts in a field to share their knowledge asynchronously, while students post videos of their questions, and experts respond with video replies at a convenient time. For example, a STEM teacher might invite an engineer or scientist to talk about their career and research and answer student questions.
5. Create Student Profile:
Teachers can create a grid for student profiles. In this grid, teachers create a topic for each student, and students post videos explaining their work, demonstrating recent skills, or reflecting on the classroom experience. Teachers can share a student’s topic link with their parent or guardian so they can see their child’s work throughout the year. Since the topics are also available to every student in the class, students can watch their classmates at work.
6. Add a comment:
When students record a video, they can choose to write directly on the video and also add a sticky note with additional text. For math students practicing problem-solving or chemistry students learning to balance chemical equations, this feature is a great way to showcase their thinking.
7. Create a mixtape:
Mixtapes are a way to curate videos of any theme or grid in one place. Teachers can select any student video and add it to the mixtape and share it with the class. Collecting memories throughout the year is a great way to use this feature: throughout the year, teachers can save interesting videos or important moments from different topics. Watching the mixtape as a class at the end of the year will help students remember what they have learned.
8. Share work and celebrate:
Celebrating completed projects or completed assignments is often forgotten in class due to time constraints, but Flipgrid makes it super easy and fast. With the student-to-student reply option, everyone in the class can view and reply to each other’s videos. For example, in a history class, students might share long-term projects they’ve completed and review what they’ve learned and created. Classmates write video responses and provide positive feedback on work that has been done. When I do this with my ELA students, I ask everyone to comment on the projects of two or three classmates in one of my departments.
9. Support for absent students:
Flipgrid can be a catch-up solution for absent students. Teachers create a topic for assignments completed in class, and if students are absent at a specific class time, their peers can post a short video of what assignments have been done in class, so absent students can quickly see what they’re missing.
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Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that helps educators see and hear every student in the classroom and create a fun and supportive social learning environment. In this article, we have discussed the 9 new ways to use flipgrid as an effective platform for sharing video in schools.
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