Website review by Melissa Powers, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2018

Flipgrid

Pose questions, spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool

Learning rating
Editorial review by Common Sense Education
Community rating
Based on 23 reviews
Privacy rating
76%| Pass Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
3–12 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, Communication & Collaboration, Character & SEL, Critical Thinking

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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, or 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 classmates' responses. There are a variety of moderation features teachers can turn on or 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 student responses delivered 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 that 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 Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

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

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Students can jump right in to 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 Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

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.


Common Sense reviewer
Melissa Powers Media specialist/librarian

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Ms. A B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Bowling Green School
Westbury, United States
Flipgrid has been a priceless resource to engage with my students and support their academic and social emotional needs during the Corona virus. Flipgrid has allowed for extensions, accommodations, and community building.
Flipgrid is an extremely user-friendly teaching tool that can be utilized across grade levels, academic disciplines, and learners. It helps facilitate student-led learning and extend learning and thinking. Students are able to access higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy and serve as teachers to one another. It also allows students to practice and build their social skills and connect with one another, fostering a virtual community. At this time there are no critiques for this application.
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Data Safety
How safe is this product?
Users can interact with trusted users and/or students.
Users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
Profile information is not shared for social interactions.
Data Rights
What rights do I have to the data?
Unclear whether opt-in consent is requested from users at the time personal information is collected.
Users can control their information through privacy settings.
Users can create or upload content.
Ads & Tracking
Are there advertisements or tracking?
Data are not shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
Traditional or contextual advertisements are not displayed.
Behavioral or targeted advertising is not displayed.

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