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Gold - Empower Student Voice With Flipgrid

17. Creative Communications

Introduction

Communicating with technology can be very powerful. A resource that can give you, your friends and your teacher a voice in the classroom is Flipgrid.

You share your ideas by recording yourself using the Flipgrid app on your PC or mobile device and then receive feedback from your classmates and teacher using the Flipgrid app. 

Your teacher will create what is called a Grid and all the students in your class will join the teacher's community grid by using the code generated by Flipgrid. Your teacher may have you join the grid with your own email address or with a username selected by the teacher. 


Key Vocabulary

Constructive Feedback: Constructive feedback is supportive feedback given to individuals to help identify solutions to areas of weakness.

Grid: A grid in Flipgrid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display.

Convey: To convey is to communicate a thought, feeling, or idea so that it is understood by other people. 


I Can Statements

  • give constructive feedback to my fellow students
  • record myself using Flipgrid to communicate a message

Steps

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. 

STEPS - Creating a Flipgrid and Giving Feedback

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 on the video. 
  • If you have a physical project, you can show it in the video. 
  • Record your video and take the selfie. 

Here is a handy recording guide created by @ClaudioZavalaJr. 

Flipgrid Guide

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. Watch as a class how you can give each other video feedback. 

5. 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. 

6. After watching the video and learning more about constructive feedback, give video feedback to the videos that your teacher has assigned to you. 

Completing This GOLD Quest

In order to complete this Quest, you will have worked on a project and recorded a short video explaining it creatively with Flipgrid. Your classmates will give you video feedback on the project and you, in turn, will give your classmates video feedback on one or more projects. 

Check off this Gold Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

Additional Resources

Although these are guides are meant for teachers, there are many good ideas for both students and teachers to use Flipgrid. 

Educator Innovation Station Guide for Flipgrid

Flipgrid eBook - everything you would want to know about Flipgrid

Websites and Applications

Websites/Apps

Flipgrid

Competencies and Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
b. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

6. Creative Communicator
a. choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
b. create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
c. communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
d. publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.