Magical Middle School Musings
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Link to this example: https://flipgrid.com/d4503b (Password: MsIsacco)
Description: Flipgrid is a video discussion platform. It works similar to a traditional discussion board, except responses are generated via video rather than in written form. Flipgrid promotes themselves as a "social learning network." It is designed to be extremely engaging to today's learner (it looks a lot like many of the social media platforms that are popular today). Flipgrid's interface is rather simple and intuitive. Teachers can create a classroom. Within that classroom, the teacher posts a question and students respond via video. In the free version, students can only post video; they can't respond to other student videos. It is moderated by a teacher. I set up the classroom with a password, so anyone visiting my Flipgrid classroom would need the password to respond to prompts and view other posted videos. I was also able to set it up so that I can moderate, which means I have to approve student videos before they are posted to the classroom wall. When students create videos, they can personalize them with emojis, stickers, and other similar tools.
Flipgrid can serve a variety of purposes. The example I posted is a simple class introduction video. Flipgrid allows teachers to set a time limit for each video response, so it can be adjusted to meet the needs of specific assignments. It can be used in for any topic that would require discussion. I think it would work really well in a blended learning environment in place of more traditional discussion posts. The video response allows access for learners of varied abilities. The format of Flipgrid allows students to be creative; I think many students would find it engaging and fun to use. I'm always searching for tools that allow students to use in such a way that they don't feel like they don't even necessarily know they are learning. Flipgrid fits that description quite nicely.