Teacher Review For Flipgrid

Great Tool for Ensuring All Voices Are Heard

Lynn S.
Dean of Student Life
The Montclair Kimberley Academy
Montclair, NJ
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Flipgrid can be used in any situation in which you want to hear from students: their responses to a reading, video or discussion; their answers to a content question; their reflections on the completion of an activity or project; their thoughts on a personal topic as part of an advisor program. The user interface is very straightforward for both teacher and student. The teacher creates a grid (probably one for each class) and then posts a question. Students go to the question, take a photo of themselves, and then video record their response to the question. They can view others' responses and "like" them if they choose. There are very clear, specific instructions on the support page, but Flipgrid is so intuitive your students will probably not need it.
My Take
Flipgrid is simple to use. Its value as a teaching tool is really dependent on the type of questions you ask as the teacher. Questions can include web links, so it is possible to direct students to read or watch something online before responding to the question. I liked the security features: each grid can be password protected, teachers can approve video comments before they are visible to the class, and social sharing options can be disabled. Students enjoy making and sharing videos, so this is a great way to be sure you hear from everyone in the class. It would also be helpful in getting more detailed responses from students with specific writing disabilities.