15 Ways to Incorporate #FlipGridFever in Your Classroom

 FlipGrid in the Classroom

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Have you caught #FlipGridFever yet? If not, its time you did!  This is arguably one of the best apps of 2017.  There are so many levels of student thinking it can uncover. At first view –  it is a video response platform – but it is so much more, so layered, and so effective in helping teachers capture rich information about student learning and growth. It’s the perfect way to replace a boring worksheet! Let’s take a look…

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Have you caught #FlipGridFever yet? If not, its time you did!  This is arguably one of the best apps of 2017.  There are so many levels of student thinking it can uncover. At first view –  it is a video response platform – but it is so much more, so layered, and so effective in helping teachers capture rich information about student learning and growth. It’s the perfect way to replace a boring worksheet! Let’s take a look…

(PS… I started with 10 but couldn’t stop, and ended up with 15)

1. Summer Break – have students respond to a summer reading prompt. If you class has not met each other yet  – have them introduce themselves. If it is their first year of middle or high school have them tell why they are excited to begin this new chapter. The world is your oyster on this one.

2. Collaborative Flipgrid:

    •  For example, learning about states?  Collaborate with a teacher from another state. Share a grid with each other with one topic being your state and another topic being their state. As students begin to learn about their states, they post fun facts about each state – and ask questions of each other. This is a really fun and collaborative  way to share and learn with students from another geographic area.
    • Try this collaboration with a novel – find another class in a different state reading the same book and answer the prompts together – you might find they have completely different perspectives on some of the content based on geography or their unique cultural landscape.
    • Foreign Language – collaborate with a class in Spain or France  – use the grid to help teach each other accents and language rules.

3. Crowdsourcing Perspectives – work with teachers from other parts of the world to get their take on a world problem.

4. School Pride – Make a FlipGrid telling people who visit your website why your school is such a great place. Fill it with responses from the school tribe: teachers, parents, students and staff.

5. End of the Unit Thinking Routine: Use the powerful thinking routine “I used to think, now I think” to have students reflect on their learning at the end of a unit.

6. Language Arts – Book Discussions: One example might be – predictions. These are great because once posted on a grid, you can go back to them later when you are done reading. Then have students comment on their prediction –  analyzing  how they got it right or might be wrong, The comment might include a deeper look into the evidence presented in the text  like foreshadowing and context clues.

7. Social Studies – AppSmash with a Chatter Pix to have the students take on the persona of a president – maybe do a grid of the first 10 presidents. Don’t stop there…do this with world leaders, the crusades anything you can personify – yes, you can even personify the quadratic equation!

8. Math – Have students take a picture of a right, obtuse or acute angle and record themselves explaining what it is and why this particular picture represents that angle. Any explanation of a math solution would be amazing here.

9. Science – Have students take time-lapse videos of science projects and upload those to a grid – use the comment feature to explain what happened during the process and briefly analyze the results.

10. Foreign Language – Ask a question on a grid in the target language and have students answer in that language giving each student a chance to practice their accents and practice verb conjugation and vocabulary.

11. PE – students practice a skill like hitting the ball in baseball –  and have another student take video and place videos on the grid. Great for sports teams too!

12. Music – students practice a short piece and showcase them on a grid! Fun for parents to watch too. Do a before and after – students play the piece cold for first video response land then practice and do a final performance video to show how much they have grown.

13. Art – Have students give their interpretations of art piece. Then have students listen to the others interpretations reflecting on why they might be so dramatically different.

14. School Wide – Teacher introductions at the beginning of the school year. Share with parents and incoming students

15. For Next School Year – Leave a message for next years class – have the students create a grid that offers advice and tips for conquering the next school year with ease.

Go ahead – try one out its easy. Just sign up at Flipgrid.com.

For more fun ideas like these check out our new book The Google Infused Classroom out this June. Sign up here to get on the pre-order mailing list!

Author: HollyClark

Holly is the co-author of Google Infused Classroom. She lives and works in San Diego, California. She delivers professional development to schools internationally and speaks at conferences about empowering teachers and students with iPads and Google Apps for Education. Contact her at holly@edtechteam.com to have her present or work with your school.

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