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A Fever You’ll Want to Catch – #flipgridfever!

flipgridHolding an online discussion is a great way to get all of your students participating in a conversation. It helps keep all students accountable, but online discussions often lack the personal connection of seeing the person you are talking to. With Flipgrid, students can have an online discussion using short videos, which allows them to see one another (and you) as they engage in discourse.

How Does It Work?

Flipgrid is a “video discussion platform” designed to allow student to easily engage in recorded conversations. There are two key terms in Flipgrid: Grid and Topic. A Grid is what you will create for your class, and your Grid houses all of your Topics for that class. Within a topic, you will have multiple student Responses. If you sign up for the always free Flipgrid One account, you will be able to create one Grid, but within that grid you can create unlimited topics. You also have unlimited student Responses for 15 or 90 seconds. Upgrading to a one-year subscription allows you to create an unlimited number of Grids, and it allows your students to respond to one another (in addition to other great reasons to upgrade). You can see the product comparison here.

When you’re ready to start a conversation, you create a new topic, which is your prompt. You can include video or images in your question/prompt to better engage your students. Students will then click the big green + sign to begin responding.  They can also add fun stickers and drawings to their videos. Alternatively, students are able to upload a video they have already created and have stored on their device. Here’s a great example of a topic prompt along with student responses from Flipgrid’s Explorer Series.

Sharing a Grid or Topic with others is simple. Just click on Actions and choose Share. Then you’ll get a few different sharing options including a ready-made QR code or a link to add your topic to Google Classroom. If you’re using the iOS or Android apps on your mobile devices, have students launch the app and type in the Gride Code provided to access the grid and then navigate to the topic.FullSizeRender

Common Core Connection

Flipgrid can be used to help students achieve mastery in all of the Speaking and Listening anchor standards as they participate in conversations with diverse partners, evaluate points of view, present their information effectively, and adapt their speech for different purposes. If your students need to practice their writing skills in addition to their speaking and listening skills, you may want to have students script their response before recording it. Student responses can also be used as formative assessment, either as self-assessment or for peer feedback (if students are able to respond to one another’s videos). You are also able to provide feedback to students in order to help them progress toward their learning goal. And with Flipgrid, you and your students can have fun at the same time!

What Do You Think?

Any way you slice it, Flipgrid is a great tool to use for students to engage in conversations about pretty much anything!

How have you caught #flipgridfever? Share your ideas in the comments! Or, better yet, share your ideas on this Grid!