Flipgrid for ALL! 50+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class
Flipgrid, a FREE video discussion platform, gives all students a voice. Here are more than 50 Flipgrid ideas and activities for your class.
This post is written by Karly Moura, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) and Computer Science teacher in Mount Diablo USD in Concord, California. Karly is also part of team Ditchbook, enjoying her role as content and social media manager.
You have probably heard of Flipgrid and have seen tons of people sharing their experiences using it on social media. It seems that people all over the world have been using Flipgrid in all sorts of creative ways.
Flipgrid is a video response platform where educators can have online video discussions with students or other educators. Teachers can provide feedback to students AND better yet students can provide feedback to one another.
The best part? Flipgrid is completely FREE!
My first experience with Flipgrid was back in early 2017 in our weekly #Ditchbook Twitter chat where a group of educators from all over the country shared ideas and inspire one another online. Since then I have had the opportunity to use Flipgrid with students, administrators, as well as other educators in workshops and professional development sessions.
Each time I introduce it the reaction is always the same, “Wow! There are so many ways to use this tool. I can’t wait to try it out in my class!”.
But don’t take my word for it, check it out and try it yourself!
In this post you will find over 50 ideas and ready-to-use Flipgrid activities for your class. You can use the quick navigation box below to jump to any section or scroll through the post to find something that you can use in your class tomorrow!
Getting started with Flipgrid
Getting started with Flipgrid is easy. As a teacher you can sign up (see the steps below) and start creating your grids and topics right away. Students and participants don't need an account, they will simply use the code you provide to log in and start recording!
How to create a Flipgrid account:
1. Go to flipgrid.com/signup
2. Sign up with either your Google or Microsoft account.
3. Share a little about yourself as an educator by entering in your information and clicking the green “Create account” button.
The Flipgrid Getting Started Guide
Want even MORE assistance bringing Flipgrid to your classroom? Check out their onboarding webinar or visit the updated help center that to get up and running in no time!
Flipgrid conversation starters from the Disco Library
Flipgrid understands the power of community and educators connecting and becoming better together. The “Disco Library” tab at the top of your Educator Dashboard and you will find over 20,000 Flipgrid topics ready for you to add to your Grids. Once you select a Topic to add you will have an opportunity to update and make any changes to the Topic before it is added to your grid.
Below you will find six popular topics from the Disco Library that can help your students get started using Flipgrid in a fun and easy way. Just click on the button Don't see a topic you like? There are lots more here.
50+ Flipgrid activities for your class
English Language Arts
1. Reading response goes digital.
After your class reads an article, chapter or book have them respond to a question about their reading. Take the conversation further by having students comment on each other’s responses.
2. 30-second book talk challenge.
Have your students share about their favorite book in 30 seconds or less. Check out this example and blog post.
3. Debate about a topic.
Add a Flipgrid to the share section of this “Great Debate” HyperDoc by Rayna Freedman to get your students debating.
4. Celebrate The Global Read Aloud all year long.
The Global Read Aloud is a set 6 week period that spans from early October through mid-November and teachers all over the globe read one book and connect with other classrooms all over the world. With a tool like Flipgrid, you can connect with educators all over the world anytime and share as you read a novel together.
Want to take it a step further? Find a book with a companion novel HyperDoc to complete at the same time. Many of these HyperDocs such as The Wild Robot and A Boy Called Bat were GRA books from past years. Choose a book, a companion novel HyperDoc, get connected and get reading!
5. Reboot your standard biography report.
Our friend Sean Fahey had the fabulous idea to use Nadine Gilkison’s amazing Biography Inquiry HyperDoc to teach students all about biographies. Finally, he had students dress up as the person they were researching and record a short presentation video.
6. Record an ongoing story.
Claudio Zavala Jr. suggests having students record an ongoing story through Flipgrid. Have one student think of a title then the next record a 30-second beginning the next builds on that and so on and so forth. What a fun way to get the whole class involved in and create a unique story to share!
7. Create a virtual vocabulary word wall.
When working on a unit have your students record a video describing the meaning of important vocabulary words. They can hold up a card in their selfie video with the word written on it so the words are easily accessed by other students.
8. Speaking skills assessment.
With Flipgrid you can provide written feedback to students and give them a rubric score for performance and ideas. You can even customize the rubric (how-to screencast). The PVLEGS framework includes a great rubric to use when assessing students speaking skills in Flipgrid.
Click below to listen to The juice that makes Flipgrid even better on the Ditch That Textbook podcast!
Ready-to-use ELA activities from the Flipgrid Disco Library
Reflect and assess with Flipgrid
9. Show what you know!
Choice and voice are so important for getting students to share their knowledge with us. What better way to do that then with the new Flipgrid Shorts camera! The all-new camera gives students the ability to add more than ever to their videos giving them the option to add:
- Text boxes
- Inking and whiteboard animation
- Live recording and more!
There is so much you can do with the new camera! Check out 20 activities to “Bloom” with the new Flipgrid camera for tons of ideas here.
10. Reflect on a lesson or unit.
It seems simple but having your students reflect on a lesson is great feedback for us as teachers. How did it go? What changes would you make? What was your favorite part? Take a look at their responses for planning next year.
11. Exit tickets get a makeover.
Exit tickets are a great way to get some feedback from your students at the end of the day. Post the question “What did you learn today?” or better yet ask your students “What did you create today?” for the students to answer before leaving class.
Flipgrid Math activities
12. Number talks.
Have students explain their thinking and critique the reasoning of others as they work through a math problem. Looking for more ideas for using Flipgrid in math? Be sure to check out Sean Fahey’s fantastic post 13 ways to enhance math lessons with Flipgrid.
13. Activate prior knowledge on a topic.
High school math teacher, Mark Tobin recommended simply asking the students to activate their knowledge on a topic before teaching it. He said he had tremendous success by just using that strategy. Why not take it a step further and have your students record a Flipgrid video sharing their background knowledge on a topic before you begin? Students could then reply to their original video after the unit sharing everything they learned.
14. Three Act Math.
A brilliant mathematical teaching strategy developed by Dan Meyer is Three Act Math. Three Act Math is a series of tasks consisting of three distinct parts taking the learner through deep mathematical thinking. This strategy gives learners lots of opportunities to reflect on their mathematical understanding.
Have your students record a Flipgrid video after each act replying to the previous video to share their reflections as they go through the acts to document their learning.
Ready-to-use math activities from the Flipgrid Disco Library
Science and Social Studies
15. Brainstorming in the Engineering Design Process.
Students can jump very quickly to planning or even building before they get out their ideas in a brainstorming session. Slow them down a bit and capture their thinking as they throw out their ideas on Flipgrid. Add a Flipgrid to the brainstorm portion of this Intro to Engineering Design Process HyperDoc.
16. Computer science share out.
After creating a project in a coding program such as Scratch students can explain their project, ideas for improving, what issues they came across and how they debugged their program. Students can add a link to their project when they respond to the grid so the teacher or another student can view their program while listening as the student explains.
Click on the images below for links to tons of ready-to-use computer science topics from Code.org and Tynker!
17. Do a little debugging.
When we refer to debugging we are usually talking about finding and fixing errors in a computer program. However, my six-year-old son found and fixed his errors when reading and happily exclaimed that he had just debugged. After completing a math task, reading a passage, working through the engineering design process or when creating a computer program students can use Flipgrid to reflect on the process identifying their errors and sharing how they fixed them.
Want an example of how this would work? I created this topic in the Discovery Library to get you and your students started using Flipgrid to debug in computer science.
18. Map out historical landmarks.
In California, our fourth-grade curriculum is famous for the Mission reports the kids are expected to do each year. Of course, students also do state reports and various other projects for social studies. What if instead of, or in addition to a fun alternative to a report, students also share what they know in a FlipgridAR video? Then print that QR code link to the video and add it to the map? Geography, history and oral reports all rolled into one.
19. Take a Flipgrid Virtual Field Trip.
Flipgrid has paired up with some amazing organizations to take your students places they could never go before! Click on the images below for TONS of ready-to-use Flipgrid virtual field trips.
So here’s a simple — albeit surprising — truth about Bill Ferriter: I’m actually a tech skeptic.
I’m NOT the guy who is jumping on every new digital bandwagon from day one, trying to be the first to figure out how the “hot new tool” can be used in my classroom. In fact, when I see teachers flipping out about a new service in social spaces like Twitter, I bristle — questioning whether their enthusiasm is because the tool facilitates good teaching and learning or whether their enthusiasm is a function of following the fads.
That’s why I’ve resisted even giving Flipgrid — a service that facilitates video based reflections and connections between students and teachers — a look.
Buried in Flipgrid Tweets that seemed to celebrate “making videos” over “engaging in meaningful demonstrations of mastery,” I assumed that Flipgrid was just another tool that teachers were excited about because it was new — and there’s nothing that I hate more than deciding to integrate new technology into the classroom just because “the kids might like it” or “everyone else is doing it.”
I don’t need #flipgridfever. I need tools that support the kinds of practices that I believe in.
But I started tinkering with Flipgrid this week — using it to create a space where my students can reflect on and wonder about the parts of flowering plants — and I’ve become convinced that it can play a meaningful role in my classroom.
Here’s why: Flipgrid allows me to redefine what “assessment” can look like in my classroom.
Each video recording that my students make lets me see what they know about the content that we are studying in class in the same way that small conversations and interactions allow teachers to assess the progress that students are making towards mastery. The difference is that I now have a tangible artifact that I can use as a record of those individual conversations.
Just as valuable, however, is that Flipgrid has allowed me to have MORE of those small conversations and interactions with students. The simple truth is that with 35 kids in every class and 120 kids on my team, I just can’t have meaningful assessment conversations with every kid, every day.
But because student responses are recorded in Flipgrid and I can return to them later — during my planning period, when I’m sitting on the couch at night staring at my phone, over the weekend — those interpersonal interactions become more frequent for more students.
What I love the BEST about Flipgrid, though, is that it allows me to redefine what “feedback” looks like, too — and that’s something I’m incredibly passionate about.
After watching each video, I can record a short reply commenting on the thinking students shared. I can challenge misconceptions that I see, celebrate mastery, ask interesting questions, and show that my own thinking was pushed by something that my kids shared in their recordings.
That’s SUPER powerful, y’all.
The sad truth is that in most schools, students hesitate to share their thinking publicly because they feel like they are being evaluated in every interaction. That’s because the pattern of feedback in classrooms has always been “I make a contribution, the teacher examines my contribution, and the teacher rates me.”
But every interaction that I have with students in Flipgrid gives me the chance to reinforce the notion that feedback ISN’T about evaluation. Instead, feedback is about giving learners chances to polish their ideas and their skills without risk.
I also hope that over time, I’ll be able to get students to start giving each other feedback on their video responses. That’s for a practical reason: When students rely only on teachers for feedback, the amount of feedback that they actually receive will always be limited. If we can teach students to reliably look to one another for feedback, they should have tons more chances to have their thinking challenged.
More importantly, when peer to peer feedback is done well, it creates a trusting classroom environment where kids know that they can take intellectual risks in front of one another without fear of ridicule or embarrassment. Flipgrid could facilitate that trusting environment by providing tangible evidence to every kid that their thinking will be met with supportive — instead of critical — responses by the peers they are sitting alongside in each and every classroom.
Here are two tech takeaways:
Flipgrid is incredibly easy to use: Seriously. Like amazingly easy to use. Teachers can create forums — which Flipgrid calls “Topics” — for student reflection that are public or private, moderated or not in minutes — and after sharing the link to individual topics, students can record short video responses with just one click.
In my classroom — stocked with dozens of Chromebooks that I’ve purchased over the years — those responses are done most frequently using the webcams on our computers. Some students have also put the Flipgrid app on their own phones and tablets to make “recording on the go” easier.
Regardless, no usernames and passwords are required and the technology has worked without any fails or flaws for the entire week. That kind of consistency and approachability make Flipgrid a tool that can be adopted by any teacher or group of students without any learning curve at all.
Flipgrid’s free version is good. It’s paid version is better: Flipgrid has two pricing options — Flipgrid One and Flipgrid Classroom. Flipgrid One is free and allows teachers to do a TON of cool stuff with kids, but has some limitations.
The first limitation that caught my eye was that the landing page for a teacher’s topic boards can’t be customized — think “flipgrid.com/ca70de” versus “flipgrid.com/spartanscience”. That may seem like a small detail, but anyone who has ever struggled to point kids to web based resources knows first-hand the headaches that come from complicated web addresses.
The second limitation that caught my eye is that Flipgrid One allows students to post new reflections, but does NOT allow them to reply to the reflections of their classmates. Given that I want kids interacting with one another — not just me — in social learning spaces, that’s a big deal. The “trusting environment where peer feedback is just as important as teacher feedback” that I describe above isn’t possible with Flipgrid’s free account.
So I ponied up $65 for Flipgrid Classroom — which feels like a reasonable price for the extra features that I now have access to.
Long story short: I’m adding Flipgrid to my bag of classroom tools.
Not because it’s a hot new tool, but instead because it allows me to easily redefine and reimagine what “feedback” and “assessment” can look like in my classroom.
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Flipgrid Teacher’s Guide
Flipgrid is a fun, free tool that allows students to easily create and submit video responses to teacher prompts using laptops, tablets, or phones–any device with a camera and internet access. Use it to build community, check understanding, and ensure engagement. It’s a perfect tool for asynchronous remote learning!
Accessing Flipgrid as a Teacher
- Go to admin.flipgrid.com or click the button above
- At the login prompt, choose “Log in with Microsoft.”
- Use your Office 365 teacher account to log in.
Read the Getting Started with Flipgrid post on the Flipgrid blog, or watch the video to the right. More detailed instructions are included below.
Flipgrid organizes content into “Groups” and “Topics.” A Topic is simply a question or prompt to which you want students to respond. You create a Group for each learning community (typically each class), then assign topics to the groups as desired.
Creating Discussion Topics
See the Flipgrid help site for detailed instructions on How to Create a Topic. Most of the settings for creating a topic are self-explanatory, but here are a few important settings to check:
- Video Moderation: Most teachers will want to start with video moderation turned ON. This allows you to review student submissions before making them visible to other students. (More info)
- Access Control: Use the “Student Email” option to control access to your grid. You can enter one or both of these domains to allow access:
- @Campbellhigh.net: This will require students to log in to their Campbellhigh.net Google accounts to respond, and it will send Flipgrid notifications to their Campbellhigh.net gmail account.
- @Students.cobbk12.org: This will allow students to log in through their Office 365 accounts, but they may not receive notifications via email.
- Video Comments: Toward the bottom is a setting that controls whether students can respond to other students’ submissions with video. Depending on the nature of your assignment (and the nature of your classroom culture), you may wish to turn this on or off.
Creating a Class Groups
To use Flipgrid with multiple classes, it is helpful to create a separate Group for each class. This lets your students sign up once and see all of the Topics you assign. It also makes it easy to assign a Topic to multiple classes and keep the responses separate.
See the full instructions on the Flipgrid site for Creating Class Groups, but the choices for how students will join is the same as for topics, above. Choose Add Students by Student Emails. Decide which way(s) you want students to log in, and enter the domain(s) as indicated:
@Campbellhigh.net: This will require students to log in to their Campbellhigh.net Google accounts to respond, and it will send Flipgrid notifications to their Campbellhigh.net gmail account.
@Students.cobbk12.org: This will allow students to log in through their Office 365 accounts, but they may not receive notifications via email.
Getting Students into Flipgrid
In order for student to begin responding to topics in your grid, you will need to share several key pieces of information with them:
Viewing Student Responses and Providing Feedback
Once students start submitting responses, you can open the Topic to view them. Depending on the Topic settings you chose, you have several options for providing feedback to students.
Students can see the feedback you give by logging in to my.flipgrid.com with the same account they used to join your class group or topic.
For more information, ask Marty Blaydes or Andy Spinks, or visit the Flipgrid Help Center.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
Faculty - Flipgrid: Providing Feedback to Student Videos
- When setting up your topic, you had the option to set up feedback settings. You can access these settings again by going to your discussion topic and selecting the pencil to edit your topic options. You will find the feedback option at the bottom. Please note you can only leave feedback on initial student videos and not replies.
1a: If basic feedback is selected, you can provide feedback based on a student's performance or ideas. These settings are standard with basic feedback and can't be changed.
1b: If custom feedback is chosen, you have the option to enter your own criteria by selecting "Add Criteria."
A pop-up will appear and you can enter a criteria name, description, and point value.
Once all your criteria is created, you can select and unselect specific criteria you created based on need.
1. In a topic discussion, select a student's initial video you would like to leave feedback on by selecting the title.
2. You will use the feedback tab to leave feedback.
2a: Feedback tab - Select this tab to access the feedback features.
2b: Private video feedback - Selecting this button will pop-up a video recording screen that will allow you to provide private video feedback to the student. Selecting the gear (options) in this screen will also allow you to upload a pre-created video feedback to the student.
2c: Grading rubric - Based on the grading criteria set up, you will use the criteria drop downs and select the score you wish to provide the student based on the criteria name (i.e. Presentation).
2d: Written feedback - You can leave specific written comments about the student's video to further help them understand where they excelled or could show improvement/clarification.
2e: Copy feedback - By selecting "Copy Feedback Link," you can choose to share this feedback with the student via a URL link and Passcode the student would enter to access the feedback. You need to send the Passcode along with the link for the student to access the feedback.
2f: Email feedback - By selecting "Email Feedback to Student," you will generate an email to the student's email account that contains their scores on the criteria as well as an written comments.
How to Help Students with Feedback Online
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Giving feedback to your students is an essential part of the artmaking process. They need your guidance and direction from beginning to end to stay on task, work through sticking points, and create a strong piece. Delivering timely feedback, however, can be challenging if you aren’t teaching students in-person routinely or at all.
The key to upholding this critical step is finding the right tools to use. Flipgrid is a video-based program that allows students to record and post a message for you (or classmates) to view and reply.
Use Flipgrid to Give Students Feedback
As students are working on their projects, they can record a Flipgrid video to give you progress updates. Students can show their work, share how things are going, and ask any questions or identify areas where they need help. After the student posts the video in the grid, you can hit the “Reply” button to record your response. You and the student can continue back-and-forth responses until the project is complete.
Some students might need help presenting their work effectively and understanding what they should specifically share. One approach could be to offer your students’ guiding questions to help them formulate their responses. For example:
- What is your piece about, and how are you going to communicate that message?
- Where are you in the process, and what do you still have to work on?
- What part of the piece do you think is complete? What are you pleased with?
- What part of the piece do you need help with or want feedback?
Why You Should Use Flipgrid
There are several ways teachers and students can communicate virtually. The most effective approaches, however, are user-friendly, effective, and efficient. Flipgrid provides a number of benefits that are difficult to replicate with other tools. These include:
- Emotional Context: Written language can easily be misinterpreted. Using a video program allows you and the students to provide emotional context with your message. Students can hear the excitement in your voice and see your facial expressions when you share how impressed you are.
- Better Support: Recording a video allows you to provide more targeted feedback efficiently for students. For example, you can include a demonstration, show a material, provide examples, etc. all in one message. This avoids photographing, uploading, and attaching files like you would with an email.
- User-Friendly: Because you might not physically be with students for technical support, it’s important learning tools are easy to use. Flipgrid is fairly easy to navigate and only requires a few steps to create and post a video. The platform is also very organized, which helps teachers manage several classes and a large student load.
Other Ways to Use Flipgrid
In addition to feedback, Flipgrid can also be used as a way to connect students with one another. As a mid-project critique, students could be expected to post their video and reply to X number of their peers. This can be a great way to help students build community within the class and interact when not in the physical classroom.
Flipgrid can also be used for a digital art exhibit. Each artist could present their piece by showing the work, speaking about the process, and the story behind the imagery. Once all students have submitted, the link can be shared with families, administrations, and the community. Be sure to check with your administration on any school policies for publicly sharing recordings with students.
If you aren’t in the middle of a project, Flipgrid could also serve as a video discussion board. You could post a video showing a piece, posing a question, or providing a prompt. Students could contribute by sharing their responses and replying to others.
Getting Started with Flipgrid
Flipgrid offers a free account for educators, so getting started is relatively easy. Once logged in, begin by setting up your first topic and grid right away. This might include the name of a project or class. Then, adjust the settings to meet your needs. In this menu, you’ll be able to set security settings, recording time limits, deadlines, notifications, and more. Finally, share the code with your students for them to start uploading videos when they’re ready. One great feature of Flipgrid is that students don’t need an account to participate.
Return to Learn with The Art of Education University
Regardless of your teaching structure and how you’re interacting with students, finding tools to help facilitate communication can have a positive impact on the student experience. Tools like Flipgrid allow you to have an ongoing dialogue with students via video about their work. The video approach allows you to connect with students in a more meaningful way—even if you aren’t in-person. Students can also connect with each other and see progress from their classmates. While educational environments will continue to evolve, one thing that will remain is the importance of feedback. Now you have a tool to keep that going no matter where you are!
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Gold - Empower Student Voice With Flipgrid
Your teacher will have assigned a project that you are going to talk about using Flipgrid. You may have written a short essay, created a slide presentation, worked on a science or history fair project.
You will give a short video talk about the project so that your teachers and classmates have a good understanding of what you created and the message that your project is conveying. Your classmates and/or teacher will give you feedback using Flipgrid.
1. Open up Flipgrid on a device that has a camera and sound. If you have a mobile device, you will want to download the FREE iOS, Android or Microsoft App from their app stores.
2. Your teacher will have created a grid for you to join. Enter the code given to you to join your teacher's community. You will join using the username given to you by your teacher or your email address if you have one.
3. You will create a short video less than two minutes explaining a project you are working on in class. (Your teacher will set a time limit in Flipgrid so you can only record a certain amount of time.)
- Create a short outline of what you are going to talk about in the video.
- Practice what you are going to say in the video.
- If you have a physical project, you can show it in the video.
- Record your video and take a selfie.
Here is a handy recording guide created by @ClaudioZavalaJr.
4. You and your classmates will then give each constructive feedback on the projects using Flipgrid. The teachers and classmates will find your video in the grid and give you no more than 60-90 seconds of feedback. (The teacher may assign partners/groups to give feedback on two-four projects.)
5. Here are some new features that have been added to Flipgrid in 2021. Check out Leslie Fisher's tutorials for using only the microphone to record, creating picture-in-picture videos, timestamp and how Microsoft's Immersive Reader is now built into Flipgrid.
6. Watch as a class how you can give each other video feedback.
7. The video feedback you give your peers is really important so that they know how they did and how they can improve their project.
- As you are watching a classmate's video, have a notepad to jot down things you saw in the video.
- Find at least two-three positive things to comment on the project.
- Think of at least one to two ways that your classmate can improve the project, but convey it in a positive manner.
- You will want to create a brief outline of your ideas to use as you do your video feedback so that your video is under the time limit.
8. After watching the video and learning more about constructive feedback, give video feedback to the videos that your teacher has assigned to you.