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.
- 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.
- Grid: A grid in Flipgrid is your classroom community of learners.
- Topic: A topic is questions or themes your students discuss.
To prepare for this lesson:
- 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.
- View the multitude of resources at the Educator Innovation Station.
- View this Getting Started Guide for Educators
- View the Student Guide.
- Watch the Inspirational Video - The Power of Student Voice.
- Watch the Students Speak Video.
- Watch this video on How to Easily Create a Grid and Topic in Minutes.
- 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.
Directions for this activity:
- Use the Student Guide to introduce Flipgrid to students.
- 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.
- 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.
Different options for assessing the students:
- 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.
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
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.
Filmmaking, song making and drama can be incorporated in any of the topics above to promote creativity and student engagement.
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,
Topic ideas for video responses: Present Data Collection, Weather Forecast, and Lesson Reflection.
Students may report research based on projects assigned in class: Black History Month, Public Policy Issues, and Current Events.
This task card was created by Lisa Fenn, Lakeview Public Schools, February 2018. Updated January 2021.