How I Use It
FlipGrid is an asynchronous tool for students to record videos on a teacher generated topic. Given my requirements for synchronous learning time, I just cannot see how this is useful in an elementary class. COPPA requirements mean seeking consent from parents of young students.
I initially was excited to try this but quickly realized that it really doesn't fit into an elementary class, IMHO. We have requirements for synchronous teaching time, i.e. where teachers and class participate together online. FlipGrid is an asynchronous tool where students create and upload videos of themselves. Teachers and students can then watch the uploaded videos asynchronously, but it doesn't help me fulfill our synchronous teaching requirements unless we all watch pre-recorded videos during class time. The ability to have students record video presentations seemed like a good idea until I realized that I'd rather just have them present their ideas during synchronous learning time (i.e. just like I would if a I were back in a physical classroom). I also had negative feedback from a few parents who noted that it took their kids a lot of effort to make a 'perfect video presentation' without any speaking errors. Of course, it wasn't ever my intent that kids make perfect videos and I realized that it was just easier to give each child a few minutes of in-class time for their presentations and then have an interactive discussion in real-time.
I wanted to find a use-case for this, but just couldn't find one.