Review by Melissa Powers, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2018

Flipgrid

Pose questions, spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • English Language Arts

Skills
  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication & Collaboration
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
3–12
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Pros: Customizable video responses push students to plan their responses and speak thoughtfully.

Cons: The social media-style features that make Flipgrid fun can also distract students from the purpose of the assignment.

Bottom Line: A simple way for students and teachers to create online discussion, as long as your classroom culture is mature enough to use it wisely.

The Flipgrid blog and Twitter feed are full of great ideas for using Flipgrid in your classroom. Or search the topic library, aka the Disco Library, to discover topics in any subject shared by teachers around the world. Use Flipgrid to further classroom conversations by assigning questions as homework assignments and then continue the conversation in class the next day. Ask students to weigh in on a critical current event for a social studies or civics class; use it in a math class to ask students to describe the process they used to solve a complex problem. You might also use Flipgrid as an opportunity for students to post reviews of books, movies, or television shows. Consider using a "grid" as a way to collect a range of students' responses on a single topic: Perhaps ask students at the end of a unit to reflect on what they've learned and what they'd recommend to other students.

Before you get started, don’t forget to collect the consent form, available for download on the Flipgrid website.

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Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid 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. Grids can be shared with classes, small groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of topics and each topic can hold an unlimited number of responses. Topics can be text-based or include a resource such as an image, video, Giphy, emoji, and attachment. Customizable security settings help protect student privacy.

Students can respond via the Flipgrid app or website with any camera-enabled device or by uploading a previously recorded video. Responses can be 15 seconds to five minutes and a maximum recording time can be set. Teachers can also allow students to record replies to classmate’s responses. There are a variety of moderation features teachers can turn on/off per topic. The CoPilot feature allows more than one teacher to be a grid moderator. Teachers have access to a Help Center and two active teacher communities: Disco Library for sharing grid templates and GridPals for connecting with educators and classrooms around the world.

Flipgrid offers a worthy, flexible venue for teachers and students to communicate. Students can learn to articulate ideas with well-planned responses and consider alternate viewpoints as they listen to their peers' responses. Flipgrid can be a great way to gather students' responses at their own pace without kids feeling "on the spot" in the classroom. Students can take advantage of the “sticky note” on the recording screen to type a short outline or key points before they start recording. Pause, trim, and re-record buttons can help students record their best effort, but teachers should be clear about their expectations so students don’t waste time trying to make a perfect presentation if an informal response is all that's desired. Also, some kids may be anxious about being on camera; it's challenging enough to answer a question when called on in class, but for some, formulating a video answer may be more agonizing than it's worth. As with any communication tool, focus on creating a culture of respect by setting clear expectations in advance.

When used purposefully, Flipgrid is an engaging way for teachers to foster discussion and collaboration in a space that feels like the best parts of social media discussion without the free-for-all feeling of Facebook or Twitter.

Overall Rating

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

Seeing and hearing students' video responses can make discourse fun as personalities and ideas shine. Design is youthful and intuitive.

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

Students can jump right into the discussion and even attach links to support their video statements. Teachers can turn on/off peer replies, filters, the “like” button, and more to fit their classroom needs.

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

A short help video guides students through the process, and the extensive teacher resources make it easy to integrate the tool into classrooms in nearly any subject area.


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Stephanie T. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
I.S 75 Frank D Paulo
Staten Island, United States
Empowering Student Voice!!
I think Flipgrid is fabulous! My students get so excited to record themselves. I also love how simple it was to import my students using Google Classroom. One thing that my students had a tough time with was splitting their screen so that they could record and see their work at the same time. **Helpful hint, for students that are feeling a little shy at first, you can offer them to put a post-it on their camera and record themselves that way. I noticed this allowed my students to feel more comfortable ...
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