Teacher Review for Flipgrid

Fantastic tool to engage students through video discussion!

Mary K.
Online & Blended Learning Specialist
San Diego County Office Of Education
San Diego, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Flipgrid as a way to model formative assessment for my adult learners (teachers) to take back and use in their classrooms. I had students reflect on a unit of study and respond via Flipgrid. I encourage teachers to use Flipgrid for any instance I would use a traditional text-based discussion. I see using Flipgrid in any lesson that might require the evolution of a sequence... group students in "grids," students each take a turn expressing their part of a sequence. As a former special educator, I strongly believe Flipgrid would be an amazing tool to expand the opportunities for students with special needs to express their learning. And... what about using Flipgrid for oral practice of a foreign language... even if English is the foreign language?
My Take
Fantastic tool! I liked hearing the emotion and excitement in my students' voices which cannot be easily conveyed via a text-based discussion. I think this will increase the engagement in my course as another alternative to traditional text-based discussion. Teachers can either screen submissions or open and monitor after students post. Flipgrid is Flash-based but, the iPad app came out Nov. 1013, iPhone & Android apps due 2014. Flipgrid team is currently working on automatic closed captioning of videos due in 2014. Constructive critique: I would like to be able to embed in my LMS, rather than having the students click on a link. The only thing that was problematic was setting up my external camera to sync with Flipgrid. Once that was figured out... worked like a breeze. Downside: $65/year for teachers after initial free 21 day trial , includes 10 "grids," unlimited # questions, unlimited # students.