The Flipgrid updates are amazing – but here are the four I love the most!
Stickies – These are available on the actual question right where students go to leave a video response. They are a brilliant way to have students prepare for expressing their ideas. Stickies gives students a way to leave themselves reminders of what they want to talk about or ideas they want to make sure and cover.
TIP: Be careful – learning to be articulate means not reading from a script- so teach students to leave prompts not exact words
Stamps and Drawings on Selfies – Draw on photos or add stickers…use this to allow students to accentuate their ideas or reiterate the theme. It can also be a way for students to gain the attention of the other student viewers who might choose to watch their response based on keywords drawn on the selfie – or stickers that help summarize their ideas. Have fun – but use them to add to the content no distract from it!
Star a Response – it takes students a while to learn to give good video responses. They need to learn to look at the camera – talk slowly (but not too slowly) make their point in an articulate and concise way. This takes practice. So starring a good example and discussing the characteristics of a good response will be an important part of your journey – and the star feature allows you to do this easily!
Adding Titles – Since I started my technology integration journey, I have been obsessed with students using titles. I even went so far as to tell my students unless their titles were compelling, I would not listen to or watch their responses. Being able to bring people to your content with a good title is a crucially important digital literacy skill.
How many emails to do you get everyday without a good subject line? How many papers are turned in without riveting titles? In the digital age, this is a very important skill – we don’t spend enough time on. Let students practice this crucial art of creating captivating titles by taking advantage of this amazing new update. Again – here you can star good examples of titles too!
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