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Flipgrid- The Power of Student Voice

Flipgrid- The Power of Student Voice

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What is Flipgrid:

Flipgrid (www.flipgrid.com) is a collaborative tool that students and teachers can create online discussion threads the use video to engage in the discussion.  Teachers can ask a variety of questions for students to respond to.  All the student needs is a device with a camera to record.  “Flipgrid’s mission is to Empower learners of all ages to define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voiced of others.”  Engaging in respectful dialog in this time is especially important.  This tool could be a way to teach students to use digital media in a more respectful way.

Flipgrid is set up so that you can create grids and topics within those grids.  In my mind, I could have a grid for each of my classes that I teach and topics that follow the course content that I teach. 

Benefits and Challenges of Flipgrid

Flipgrid is highly accessible on both a browser and app functions.  As recently as last year, Flipgrid had an annual fee for educators to use with limited number of grids.  Now as of June 2018, there is no charge for educators.  Flipgrid gives students the ability to weigh in on issues that are discussed which may or may not be comfortable topics to the individual.  Using Flipgrid gives the student more wait time to respond vs. what happens in a traditional face to face classroom setting.  It also could be a bit intimidating for students who don’t like to be in front of the camera.  Some students who experience this may like to use an app called Chatterpix which allows the student to record their thoughts over a picture and upload that as his or her response.  Students have the option to record directly in the flipgrid app or create a video that can be uploaded to the specific yopic of discussion.

Of course students need to have access to a device if your school is not a 1:1 school, however, lacking access to internet services does not have to be an obstacle for the student.  The students can record their responses without needing to upload at home if internet is not available. 

The teacher directions are limited to 240 textual characters; however, the teacher could also create a video for the question prompts.  The videos are limited to 90 seconds.  More than enough time for elementary and most middle school students.  Depending on the nature of the topic, it may seem like not enough time for high school or post-secondary students.
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Application of Flipgrid for assessment

Teachers could use Flipgrid in a variety of ways.  It could be something as informal as an exit ticket to explain his or her understanding of the material presented in class.  Perhaps an opportunity for the students to ask questions on the lesson. Flipgrid could be used as an ice breaker at the beginning of a term with new classes.   One example that was presented on the flipgrid site was to have students create a video to compare and contrast a time period in history with today using a video posted by the teacher as a starting point. 

Learning Objective

Given the concept of gentrification taught in class through lectures, videos and readings, APHuG students will demonstrate their understanding via Flipgrid creating a video showing the concept in their own backyard. 

Sources

 “Flipgrid: Use Student Videos to Promote Discussion and Engagement.” The EdTech Roundup, www.edtechroundup.org/reviews/flipgrid-use-student-videos-to-promote-discussion-and-engagement.

Kievlan, Patricia Monticello. “Flipgrid.” Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education, 19 June 2018, www.commonsense.org/education/website/flipgrid.