#FlipgridFever – 10 of the best updates

This summer I fell in love, but it wasn’t a romance or a summer fling –  it was the love of a new app and all the ways I will be able to use it with students next year.!

As a teacher who values the idea of making thinking visible as a foundational pedagogical strategy – Flipgrid has emerged as my go to app to make this happen in the classroom. If I gave away awards for best apps – FlipGrid would win my 2017 award – hands down!

On August 10 – Flipgrid announces its new iteration of an already great app! These are my 10 personal favorite updates!

Add links and videos as discussion prompts – this means you can record and upload video prompts. Embed YouTube or Vimeos to spark discussions – even GIFS.

Add links or even a Google Doc (you can other docs – but I am a Google girl) to help give background or empower the discussion. 

Attach a link to student responses

Discussions as short as  15 seconds or as long as 5 minutes.

 You can now let students start the  discussion by creating their own ”flips.” Also give them a “Spark” distinction to make their response spark a discussion for the entire class. 

Use QuickView to easily watch student responses and/or respond and navigate between videos.

Private share link  to send parents their child’s video only – and not those of the other students.

Add hashtags to a video response to make it searchable.

Add stickers and drawings to selfie image – Students will die for this!

Students are going to die for morelikeoptions including emjois and mic drop! Mic drop that!

For a full list of the updates –  you can visit the Flipgrid blog.  Want to use Flipgrid in some great pedagogical ways? Check out The Google Infused Classroom for some great ideas!

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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