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 more “like” options 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!