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Flipgrid is a fantastic FREE Tool where students can create a video presence to support collaboration and their learning. Students will use FlipGrid to share information on any given topic of your choice. It is a platform where they can communicate ideas and eventually collaborate with others.
- Be able to use Flipgrid as a tool to communicate an idea or to collaborate with others.
These are terms used on Flip Grid that you may want to share with students:
- Grids: A Grid is your classroom or community of learners. Grids house your Topics.
- Topics: Topics are your discussion starters or prompts. Students respond to Topics.
- Responses: Responses are the students’ videos they record or upload and add to the Topic. This is how they share their voice!
- Empathy: Empathy is the ability to understand and share how another person is feeling.
Note: If you are choosing to use Flipgrid for content, you may have specific vocabulary words.
To prepare for this lesson:
Watch the video for educators on how to create a Flipgrid.
Next watch how the students interact with Flipgrid.
Create a free Flipgrid teacher account.
Set up your Flipgrid class. You will decide here how you want students to access the Flipgrid (permissions, login, public, etc).
Add your students to Flipgrid. Also, make yourself a student as well so you can demonstrate to kids. The website will walk you through it. Flipgrid will allow you to print out login cards for each student.
Create a topic you want the students to respond to.
Examples could be as simple as creating a New Year’s Resolution to explaining a Math problem. A student can also pose questions that can be answered by others. There is no limit to this tool.
Decide how you want students to get to the site. (Folder, LMS, Google Classroom, etc) Have the link ready for students.
Practice creating your own video on Flipgrid.
If this is your first time using Flipgrid, It is a good idea to start simple and perhaps use it as an exit ticket. Pose a question for the students to answer. A sample question could be, “What did you learn about…?” or “What did you think about…?”
Some great idea on how to use Flipgrid can be found under flippedtech coaching.
Test on a student machine to ensure everything works correctly.
See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources.
DIrections for this activity:
After you have finished teaching a unit. Say to the students, “ Today, you are going to share what you learned about…” “We will do this by using a new tool called Flipgrid.”
How to log in.
How to create the recording.
Talk about skills of effective public speaking, stressing EMPATHY.
Show the video Students: Getting Started with Flipgrid.
Go over the rules of effective communication
Have the students create their own Flipgrid or have them pair up with a partner depending on the activity they are doing.
Different options for assessing the students:
- Check for understanding
- Flipgrid rubric
MITECS Competencies & ISTE STANDARDS
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6c. Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Devices and Resources
Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad
Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL
Educators Getting Started with Flipgrid
Students: Getting Started with Flipgrid
Rules of Effective Communication
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
Ideas for Flipgrids are:
- Favorite book pick of the month
- Respond to any text
- Share a piece of work you wrote
Share a piece of art and reflect.
Explain how to solve a math problem.
Explain one of the states of matter.
Pick a holiday around the world and share out how that country celebrates.
This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Schools, January 2019. Updated November 2021.