Imagine posing a question to a large group of students. Imagine wanting real, honest answers from EVERY student. Imagine students being able to watch and listen to the thoughts of their peers and offer thoughtful feedback. Imagine simple set-up and privacy settings. Sounds lovely, yes? This is, in short, what Flipgrid offers.
I’d read about other librarians using Flipgrid (here and here), but I hadn’t come up with a great reason to use the technology…until last week. Candace Fleming had just visited our school, and I needed to get real, honest reaction to the visit. Enter Flipgrid. I created my free 3 week trial account, loaded a question, and tested it on every single student computer. This took, maybe, 2 hours. But oh, was that time well-spent.
In 40 minutes, all 2nd and 3rd grade students:
- Received a short (10 min) lesson on Flipgrid
- Accessed the designated Flipgrid account
- Took a digital photo
- Recorded a short video answering the question: Tell what you liked about Candace Fleming’s visit. Use the TAG method.
- Submitted the video for approval
- Checked out books with time to spare
This was a smooth, simple, unrushed lesson, which I wasn’t expecting. With directions posted around the room, not one student – NOT ONE – raised his/her hand to ask what to do. Everyone was successful, and the students begged to use this platform again. Based on their behavior, interest, and ability, I’ll be buying a subscription within the next week. Flipgrid completely exceeded my expectations.
Due to privacy, I will only share my students’ Flipgrid account with their teachers and families…which means you can’t see their insightful, awesome thoughts on the Candace Fleming author visit. Bummer. 😦
Know, however, that modeling and teaching appropriate privacy behavior is important to me.
My Flipgrid hints:
- Put the unique Flipgrid link somewhere accessible, so students don’t have to type it. I put a link in the Visual tab in Destiny. Others have used Symbaloo.
- Record and make accessible a dummy video with directions
- Use Internet Explorer as the browser (Chrome didn’t work)
- Set up a password AFTER students respond
- Assign the settings so that all videos must be viewed by the teacher prior to being posted
- Use a quieter voice when teaching (the loud teacher voice is distracting in the videos, trust me!)
- Spread out the computers, if possible
- Set clear expectations in regards to photobombing
Looking for step by step directions for Flipgrid? Check out this post from Van Meter Library Voice in Iowa. Shannon Miller does a great job breaking it down!