I decided to explore Flipgrid as a classroom tool. Flipgrid is an edtech tool that allows students to respond to a teacher-posted topic or question. Student videos can get likes and responses and teachers can post their own responses to student videos.
I love the idea of Flipgrid! As a social studies teacher, I really believe in promoting democracy in the classroom. Encouraging student voice leads to student involvement and student involvement can evolve to community participation and active citizens. This tool allows students to develop their own voice via video and respond to their peers. This allows even students who may be quiet in “RL” an outlet for discussion. I might be able to hear a voice that might otherwise be drowned out in the usual hustle and bustle of a regular classroom.
I tried the free version, since I’m still subbing and don’t have a classroom of my own (yet!). The free version allows an educator one grid, unlimited topics, unlimited number of students, and unlimited responses in addition to a free app. The non-free subscription has more handy dandy tools and the ability to embed a grid or topic to a website or blog (like this one!) and I could see myself upgrading eventually.
Let me get down to the nitty-gritty:
- allows for equal student voice with created video responses
- helps create and supplement class discussion
- Teachers can moderate and response to student videos
- Has privacy controls that can be tweaked by the teacher
- Student created video responses are short (in the free version, only about 1:30 long)
- There’s a bit of a learning curve to set up, but now that I’ve played with it, its pretty easy to to set and moderate.
- Requires app for student devices such as tablets and phones which might be difficult for some students (sometimes storage space is a hot commodity!).
- Great tool for a flipped classroom or a classroom oriented around discussion
- Encouragement of student voice and classroom discussion of ideas
- Tool that students can access at home or when traveling