Review by Megan Leppla, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2014
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Easy-to-use video slide show creator has potential for classroom use

Subjects & skills
  • Arts

  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Pros: Having access to all of your photos makes creating videos simple, and the added editing tools make it easy to customize.

Cons: The lack of tutorials may make using the app difficult for some students.

Bottom Line: This is a simple tool for creating and sharing presentations.

Students can use Flipagram as a digital storytelling tool or to showcase their work. Consider creating a video story based on animal migration patterns, sentence structure, or the Pythagorean theorem. The possibilities are endless, but creative educational prompts will need to come from the teachers. Flipagram doesn’t provide any tutorials, but there’s a vast community of people creating through this app.

Flipagram encourages students to explore their Instagram account to see projects from others in the community. Of course, this opens up the potential for practicing digital citizenship skills, and some teachers may be concerned about sending students out into the wild.

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Flipagram organizes all of your photos into neat categories such as people, places, and times. Flip through your photos, select your "moments," add your own music or narration, set the animation speed, and share your story. Share features include email, social media, or simply saving to your camera roll. Photo slideshows are automatically stored in your private gallery, which makes it easy for students to reference back to all the pieces they've created. Although Flipagram doesn't provide tutorials, the tools are fairly intuitive. The overall experience is free, though prompts offer an upgrade to remove the Flipagram watermark for an in-app purchase.

There's a lot of potential for students to showcase what they've learned in class with Flipagram. Making animated slideshows used to be tedious -- slowly framing and photographing image after image. Flipagram demystifies that process and helps students understand animation basics. Sudents who want to go beyond the basics will need to look elsewhere for a more sophisticated tool, but this is a great starting point.

If students have access to other apps like Instagram, they can browse projects from Flipagram users to see how others are using the app, and potentially learn something new from the community. There's an emphasis on sharing Flipagram creations through social media, with prompts to post to a variety of accounts.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Flip through all of your photos to create a short animation. Moments are catalogued by albums, people, places, and times.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

There are no instructions provided, but there’s plenty of potential to showcase student work in a simple presentation.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

The functions are fairly simple, but it would be helpful to have some tutorials for students to get started.

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Lindsay S. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Flushing High School
Flushing, NY
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Flipagram is extremely useful for students who are intimidated by technology. It is also a quick way to show administrators, teachers, and parents student accomplishments. This is not a tool for perfectionists. This is a simple, fast way to create a slideshow.
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