4 Favorite Updates for #flipgridfever

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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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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