5 Ways to use Flipgrid in your classes
Kids love it, teachers love it. I love it! It really became a great tool for distance learning. In this post, I'm going to go over the basics of flipgrid, and how you can use it to support distance and hybrid learning at any academic level.
First, take a look at this quick video I put together about Flipgrid basics:
There are a MILLION ways to use this in your teaching! I think it gives students a voice and allows them to share their knowledge in a different way. Karly Moura on ditchthattextbook.com wrote a great article listing 50 ways to use Flipgrid, and you can read it here.
I went through the article and combined with my previous knowledge of Flipgrid, picked my top 5 ways to use it in the classroom:
Exit Tickets- why not have students do a visual/audio exit ticket? I think it's a great way to get students to summarize and process what they learned out loud.
Virtual Field Trips- In my video I referenced a lesson from the Disco Library about world music and instruments. This is a great setup for a virtual field trip! There are a bunch of them in the Disco Library, but you can also make them yourself! I especially like the lessons in the Disco Library about California State Parks.
Back to School- What if your school community recorded messages for students wishing them luck on their first day? You could compile them all and present them during the first week of school. This would be especially meaningful for students who are starting the school year virtually, and not seeing their teachers in person right from the start.
Social-Emotional Learning- This is a very important topic and has been at the forefront of education. Flipgrid has some great lessons to support SEL, such as this lesson about kindness. You could also use it for weekly and/or daily check-ins!
App Integration- One of the things I love about Flipgrid is how easily it is to combine it with other EdTech tools, and how easy it is to upload material for students to view. There are already lessons in the Disco Library that combine tools, and one of my favorites is the Flocabulary section! Flocabulary uses a learning sequence combined with music to teach students, and it is super fun!
The best way to learn tech tools and apps is to use them. Take some time to explore a website on your own, play around with the technology, and try out some new things. The more you practice, the more proficient you will be! Practice with your colleagues; create a google classroom and add them as students. Create a Flipgrid and invite them to participate so they can experience what the students see. Present your interactive lessons to a group of your friends via Meet or Zoom, and get their feedback. Take turns presenting your lessons to each other so you can experience the teacher side and the student side of the lesson. Be open-minded! Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was Distance Learning. :) YOU'VE GOT THIS.