Grade 3

Flipgrid

Creative Communicator
Movie director clapper

Overview

Flipgrid is a web-based video discussion platform that allows students to create short videos for a variety of educational purposes. These videos are stored within the teacher account and the teacher controls the security settings.  

Flipgrid has been purchased by Microsoft and is free to educators and has all the tools to build a social learning community with unlimited topics and student videos. Students use Flipgrid for free and do not need accounts. 

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to communicate effectively using the video response player to record themselves sharing information as prompted by the teacher.  
  • Be able to use the video response player to contribute to a discussion topic.
  • Be able to react and respond to recordings of their peers.  

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Grid: A grid in Flipgrid is your classroom community of learners.
  2. Topic:  A topic is questions or themes your students discuss.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  1. Teachers should familiarize themselves with the Flipgrid website and sign up for a free account. Create your grid and topic based on classroom content or ideas provided. View the Topic Discovery Library for additional ideas and templates.
  2. View the multitude of resources at the Educator Innovation Station.
  3. View this Teacher Guide-Document.
  4. View this Student Guide-Document.
  5. Watch the Inspirational Video - The Power of Student Voice.
  6. Watch the Students Speak Video. 
  7. Watch this video on How to Easily Create a Grid and Topic in Minutes.
  8. Decide if this video from a student would be helpful to show to your students. 

Accommodations

  • See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 
  • Read and Write for Google Chrome can be used to help students with reading deficiencies as they navigate the Flipgrid website.

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Use one of the following videos or the document guide to introduce Flipgrid to students.
  2. Share your topic with students in one of two ways:
    • Share Flipgrid website link and code for your topic.
    • Share the direct link to your created topic.
  3. Allow students time in class to respond to the topic. Students can produce videos independently or as a group.  This task can also be completed at home with any device that has a camera. 

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Oral Communication Rubric
  • Flipgrid can be used as an assessment piece for many subject areas.
  • Students can create a lesson reflection or showcase their work.

MITECS COMPETENCIES & ISTE STANDARDS

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
6a. Students choose appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

 

Devices and Resources

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Topics that can be provided for video responses may include: Character Reflection, Theme/Main idea, Book Review, Read Aloud, Lesson Reflection, and Persuasive Writing Recordings.

Integrated Arts

Filmmaking, song making and drama can be incorporated in any of the topics above to promote creativity and student engagement.

Math

  • Topic ideas:  What is your math fact fluency level and what is your favorite way to study?  

  • Share “Math Talk” and process for solving a given problem/algorithm,

  • Lesson Reflection.

Science

Topic ideas for video responses:  Present Data Collection, Weather Forecast, and Lesson Reflection.

Social Studies

Students may report research based on projects assigned in class: Black History Month, Public Policy Issues, and Current Events.

Credits
This task card was created by Lisa Fenn, Lakeview Public Schools, February 2018.