Common Sense Review
Updated May 2013

Flipgrid

Pose a challenge to students with detailed, robust online discussion tool
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Common Sense Rating 3
  • Make your online classroom more personal and active.
  • You control the level of privacy for each class depending on needs.
  • Each grid can contain lots of questions that students can respond to.
  • Classes of any size can be served by Flipgrid.
  • Want an email notification when students respond? You got it.
Pros
For a free program, it's very detailed and has tons of potential to bring classes closer together in the pursuit of knowledge.
Cons
Some kids may not have the technology available at home to participate in Flipgrid conversations.
Bottom Line
It's a simple way for kids and teachers to create online discussion, as long as kids are mature enough to use it wisely.
Polly Conway
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Seeing and hearing students' video responses can make discourse fun; the site allows personalities and ideas to shine in 90-second clips. Design is colorful, clean, and intuitive.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Users have 90 seconds to respond to a teacher's question in any way they see fit; that's empowering. They also have to condense answers into that short amount of time, a transferrable communication skill for sure.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

A two-minute help video guides kids through the process, and the homepage outlines a pretty comprehensive step-by-step process. That said, there's no way to ask questions aside from sending an email. 

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can use Flipgrid to further classroom conversations by assigning questions as homework assignments or, if many students don't have the technology at home, creating group projects.

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What's It Like?

Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create grids of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. You can create up to four grids with a Flipgrid account. Grids can be classes, sections, groups of students, research groups, faculty groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of questions, and each question can hold an unlimited number of responses. Questions are short, text-based prompts (think Twitter) that can include basic formatting (such as bold, italic) and links to websites or documents.

Once logged in, you'll create a new grid, name it, then choose whether it will be password-protected or not. Then you can begin adding questions to the grid one by one, by clicking the Add New Question field. Each question can be 240 characters or less. After your list of questions is complete, you can activate them, then click the Share button to send the link to your students. They'll then follow instructions to film and upload their 90-second answers from home. If you like, Flipgrid will notify you when responses come in.

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Is It Good For Learning?

With the motto “Relax and discuss,” Flipgrid gives students and teachers yet another venue for learning and communication. Kids can learn to distill ideas into 90-second bites, and while listening to their peers' responses, consider alternate viewpoints. It may be awkward and uncomfortable for shy kids to be on camera; hopefully, classes who use Flipgrid are mature and have a certain amount of trust and respect for their classmates. It's probably recommended for high school kids for this reason; 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.

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