Catch the Flipgrid fever! 30+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

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Ed Tech | Thursday, November 14, 2019

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 30+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

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With Flipgrid you can bring the back row in class to the FRONT row! Flipgrid, a FREE video discussion platform, gives all students a voice. Here are more than 30 ideas on how to use it in class.

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This post is by Karly Moura, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) in Mount Diablo USD in Concord, California. You can follow her on Twitter @KarlyMoura and on her blog at karlymoura.blogspot.com.

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 caught Flipgrid Fever.

Have you?

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.

And 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 inspired 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!

Flipgrid Twitter screenshot

Getting started with Flipgrid

Educator's guide to flipgrid ebook cover.Do you need a little help getting started? Sean Fahey, Jennifer Saarinen, and I wrote an eBook called The Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid. Now in the fourth edition, this eBook will help answer (almost) all of your questions and get you started using Flipgrid in your class.

Click here to download that ebook — for FREE! 

30+ ideas for using Flipgrid in your classroom

English Language Arts ideas

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.

My friend Sean Fahey had the fabulous idea to use Nadine Gilkison’s amazing Biography Inquiry HyperDoc to teach students all about biographies. Finally, have students dress up as the person they are 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. 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. With Flipgrid, you can even customize the rubric (how-to screencast). Speaking well is an important and often undertaught skill. However, there are amazing FREE resources out there to help you and your students.

The PVLEGS framework includes a great rubric to use when assessing students speaking skills in Flipgrid. A great tip from Matt Miller in his recent Classroom Live 2.0 webinar was to pick just ONE of the PVLEGS expectations to focus on at a time. It’s too much for students to focus on them all at once. Sean Fahey and I shared the benefits of using the PVLEGS framework created by Erik Palmer with Flipgrid in our Unplugged Webinar.

Flipgrid Unplugged #4: What Now with Sean Fahey and Karly Moura from Flipgrid on Vimeo.

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:

20 activities bloom new flipgrid (flip grid) camera

  • Text boxes
  • Filters
  • 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.

Math ideas

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.

Flipgrid in 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 shareout.

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.

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.

Flipgrid discovery library debugging challenge

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 and a QR code link to the video and added it to the map? Geography, history and oral reports all rolled into one.

Creating a community with Flipgrid

19. End of year (semester) reflection.

What better way to say goodbye than to have your students record a video reflecting on their learning over the course of your class? (I’m pretty sure many of these would require a box of tissues for those tear-jerker posts!)

20. Advice to next year’s class.  

How cool is it to have a Flipgrid topic full of advice videos from your current students to show next year’s class? Check out this End of Year Reflection HyperDoc and link a Flipgrid in the share section.

21. Put a spin on the student of the week.

Have each student record a video sharing why that student of the week is special. Students will enjoy watching video messages from their classmates sharing why they are valued members of their classroom community.

22. Welcome back to school Flipgrid style.

Have all staff record a welcome back message for your student at the beginning of the year.

Ask a local (or national) celebrity to join in and give a shout out to your students. Also check out Kristin Merrill‘s post 16 ways to use Flipgrid on the first day of school” here.

23. Appreciation/Thank you card.

After a field trip, on your admin’s birthday or during teacher or classified staff appreciation week have your class record their own video thank you cards.

24. Make learning come alive with Flipgrid AR!

Use the new Flipgrid AR feature and add QR codes linking Flipgrid videos to your students’ work. Have families scan the code and watch as your students “pop-out” into the real world! See Randall Sampson’s idea for using Flipgrid AR below.

25. Encouragement from home.

Scott Titmas has families record videos for their children to provide encouragement from home. Don’t just wait for testing time to have your families record videos. The beginning of the year, at parent conferences, or a send-off to the next grade are all ways to get families involved in encouraging and supporting their kids.

Flipgrid beyond the classroom

26. Create a virtual library of tech tips and tricks.

How many times have you had something go wrong with the Chromebook or iPad and you KNOW you have fixed it before but you just can’t remember how you did it? Have your school tech squad or group of tech-savvy students create videos with tech tips and tricks on a Flipgrid topic to share with the rest of the school. You can have a topic for Chromebook troubleshooting, a topic for iPad tips and even a whole topic for getting started with commonly used apps and programs.

27. Flipgrid in Physical Education.

Using proper form when exercising is important. Students can record a video of the proper way to do a jumping jack, lunge, stretch, lift weights or kick a ball. As a soccer coach having a short video to remind me and my team how to perform the proper moves is a valuable resource.

28. Host a Flipgrid film festival.

Short films can be incredible teaching tools and are just plain fun to watch. Pixar has even paired up with Khan Academy to create Pixar in a Box which is a behind the scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs.

Challenge your students to create their own short films and use Flipgrid as the platform for sharing their stories. Have students reply to their short film introducing themselves and sharing their thought process while filmmaking. Pleasanton Unified School District hosts a yearly film festival and provides some great resources including HyperDocs to help get you started.

29. Make some GridPals!

An incredible idea from Bonnie McClelland, GridPals connects classrooms across the globe creating virtual pen pals. You can take advantage of GridPals using Flipgrid One. However, if one of the GridPals teachers has Flipgrid classroom then you can become CoPilots on the same grid giving both teachers access to the educator dashboard.

Appsmash with Flipgrid

30. Appsmash!

OK, I’m kinda cheating here since this is really WAY more than one idea but it’s just too good to leave out. I have had the opportunity to connect with an incredible educator and Flipgrid Ambassador, Jornea Erwin. In this episode of Flipgrid Unplugged Jornea shares SO many ideas for how to appsmash with Flipgrid to kick it up another notch. Once you have a few Flipgrids under your belt you REALLY need to check this out!

*BONUS! Student Voice Ambassador and Flipgrid rockstar teacher, Joe Merrill, has created not one but TWO appsmashing eBooks to help you get started. Check them out!

The opportunities to utilize this platform in your class are endless. The best way to get started? Try it out yourself! Share how YOU have used or will use Flipgrid with your students in the comments below.


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  • Kevin Zahner says:

    Karly,

    Great ideas!

    What grade(s) do you teach? I’ve tried using Flipgrid with my high schoolers since it came out and have been unable to get them to freely participate.

    The success stories on the Flipgrid website include elementary, middle, higher ed, and professional development – no high school.

    I’m not saying it can’t be done. The potential is awesome for all learners. I’m just looking for teachers who have used Flipgrid in grades 9-12 with success.

    Thanks!

    – Kevin

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