How I Use It
Flipgrid offers a new option for my students to share their thoughts and understandings. I introduce Flipgrid by having students do "Book Shelfies" - they talk about a book they've read in class and share what they enjoyed about the book. From there, the options are endless! My students have the option to do Flipgrid for homework - instead of recording their reading on a paper reading log, they can record a short video sharing what they read about that night. We use Flipgrid in math - they explain how to solve a math problem and use a whiteboard to show their thinking. We also use Flipgrid in science (explaining concepts we've learned or asking questions) and in writing (share your favorite part of your story).
My students can also watch each other's Flipgrid videos so they can learn from each other. I can watch the videos whenever I have the chance which enables me to understand where my students are currently at.
I've found that you should explicitly teach how to record a video - we create a quick anchor chart with some tips, such as: Make sure your face is in the middle of the screen; Speak loudly and clearly; Plan what you will say before pressing record. I'll also use "Superstar Flipgrid" videos to show all of my students what I'm looking for - I'll find a student who spoke really clearly, whose face is centered on the screen, etc and share it with everyone so that they get an idea of what a high-quality video looks like.
Overall, I love having Flipgrid as an option for my students. It's allowed me to get more discussion going and my students really enjoy it. I firmly believe that explaining your thinking helps deepen your thinking, so I think it is an excellent teaching tool and a great formative assessment for teachers who can quickly review the videos.
I will say that students who are EAL or special needs students require extra support with this app. They may need sentence starters to help them get started with the recording, or coaching on how to organize their thoughts and then record. For some students, I'll help them write down what they are going to say before they record.