Tech Tip Thursday

Flipgrid--Amplify student voice!

What is Flipgrid?

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform used by educators, students, and families around the world. Teachers post topics to spark the conversation and students respond with short videos. Booktalks, current events, reactions to a short video clip, reflections on a project - the opportunities are nearly endless. So bring the back row to the front and engage ALL your students!

Bellwork

  • Watch the following 49-sec video to familiarize yourself with Flipgrid
https://youtu.be/nRy1F53JeJU

Signing up is Easy

Flipgrid is 100% free! Sign up to start creating meaningful classroom discussions and empower students to share their voice! To create your FREE account, go to www.flipgrid.com and click on the "Educator Signup" button in the top right corner.

Create a Grid

  • Click the “Add New Grid” button.
    • Name your grid--you may want a grid for each class period
    • Select a Grid Type
    • Choosing School Email Domain will allow students to log in with their school email.
    • You could also choose student ID, but you'll need to import all of your students from the spreadsheet in teacher apps
    • Customize your flipcode, if you'd like.
    • Enter the school email domains: @rgccisd.org
    • Your Grid is Ready!
    • Click on Edit Grid to select or upload a grid picture to personalize your space
    • Click Next
    • For Each New Class Period: Duplicate your grid for each class by clicking the Actions button beside the grid name and selecting Duplicate Grid
    • Edit your grid at any time by clicking on the Actions button beside the grid and selecting Edit Grid
    • Other Actions:
    • · Add a co-teacher to any grid by clicking on the Actions button beside the grid and selecting Add CoPilots
    • · Grid Notifications to turn on/off email notifications for each video.

    Create a Topic

    To return to your grids & create a new topic, click My Grids at the top of any Flipgrid page
    • Click on a grid title to open it
    • You will see that Flipgrid automatically creates an Ideas & Class Intros topic for you--delete these if you'd like
    • Click the Add New Topic button
    • Enter a title for your topic
    • Select the response time (maximum video response length)
    • Enter the topic description or questions you want your students to answer in their video
    • Click on the More Options button
    • Add Another Attachment if needed
    • Choose whether or not you want to moderate videos before they are posted to the grid
    • Choose whether you'd like your topic to be active, frozen, or inactive & select launch & freeze dates

    Customize

    • Customize your topic by adding resources--video can be used in lots of creative ways!
    • Add attachments so students can see rubrics, prompts, external websites, etc.
    • Customize the topic features to allow students to add reactions, reply to videos, add stickers, etc.
    • Add feedback, if you choose
    • Click Update Topic to save
    • Duplicate your topic for each class by clicking the Actions button beside the grid name and selecting Duplicate Topic
    • Edit your topic at any time by clicking on the Actions button beside the topic and selecting Edit Topic

    Whenever you add a new Grid, it automatically creates an intro topic. Use your action drop down menu to delete this topic if you like.

    Share your Grid or Topic

    To return to your grids to share, click My Grids at the top of any Flipgrid page


    To share a grid if you want to share all the topics for that class:

    • Click the blue Share Grid button
    • Choose to share a flipcode, link, or QR code OR embed the grid in your webpage
    • You can also share via Google Classroom or Remind
    • Share the flipcode on your class powerpoint, write it on the board, etc.
    • Choose whichever is easiest for you and your students!


    To share a topic if you only want to share one specific topic:

    • Open the grid where the topic lies
    • Scroll to the topic you want to share
    • Click the blue Share button beside the topic
    • Choose to share a flipcode, link, or QR code OR embed the grid in your webpage
    • You can also share via Google Classroom or Remind
    OR
    • Share the flipcode on your class powerpoint, write it on the board, etc.
    • Choose ONE method of sharing--whichever is easiest for you and your students!

    Students create videos

    • Students will access the grid or topic from your shared link, QR code, etc.

    OR

    • Students can visit www.flipgrid.com and enter the flipcode
    • If students are using a mobile device, they MUST have the mobile app to use Flipgrid
    • They will then be prompted to enter their student email or student ID, depending on how you set up the grid/topic
    • Once they enter this info, they may be prompted to type their name
    • Once they access the grid or topic, they can watch other student videos
    • When they are ready to record, they open the topic and click the green circle
    • They will be able to record by pressing the record button
    • When they finish, they should click the Next button to watch the video
    • If they aren't satisfied with the video, they should click the Redo button and record again or click the Add More button to add more to the end of their video
    • Students may add an attachment and title to the video on the review screen
    • When they finish their video, they should click the Next button
    • They will be prompted to take a selfie
    • Once they take a selfie, they can add stickers and emojis, if you enabled those features
    • When they finish, they should click the Submit button
    • Once submitted, the video will instantly appear on the grid
    • After submitting, students may view other videos and respond, if you've activated that option


    Pro tips
    • Make sure students turn the volume all the way up before they record and that they speak loudly and clearly
    • Recommend that students record in a quiet space with good lighting for the best video quality
    • Students who don't wish to show their face in a video could record their paper or other objects instead

    View, Respond to, and Delete videos

    From admin.flipgrid.com, you can
    • View and edit all of your grids and topics
    • View, respond to, and delete all videos
    • Share the student view of a grid or topic so you can play videos on your projector


    To view student videos:

    • Open the grid where the topic lies
    • Scroll to the topic you want to view and click on the title to open it
    • Click on any student name to view their video
    • Use the star to mark which videos you've viewed


    To respond to student videos after viewing:

    • Leave written feedback in the Comments area beside the video
    • Click the Add Private Video Feedback button to record a video that is only viewable by the student
    • Click on the green Reply button at the bottom of the video to record a video that is viewable by everyone in the class and follow the next steps
    • Click the red Record button
    • Record your response
    • Click the green Next button and follow the steps
    • Make sure to click Submit when you're finished!
    OR
    • Click on the Edit tab (not the edit topic tab, but the edit tab that exists inside the teacher view of a student video)
    • Leave a written Vibe for all students to see


    To Delete student videos:


    • Make sure you're in admin.flipgrid.com and NOT the student view of the videos
    • Click on the Actions button beside any student video
    • Select Delete Response

    Make it exciting!

    Disco Library-want to steal topics and ideas from other teachers in your content area? Take a look at the Disco Library for ideas!


    MixTapes-Mix Tape link HERE add your BEST student responses to show greatest hits from any topic! This is a great way to show student progress across a year or to organize videos sequentially to tell a story.


    Gridpals-want to be hooked up with a partner class to share ideas or to communicate on topics? Fill out the gridpals request and Flipgrid will do the matching!


    Vibes-leave a public response on student video so everyone on the grid can see!


    Collaborate with other teachers-add co-pilots so you can collaborate with teachers in your PLC, other schools, other states, other countries...it's easy and FUN!


    Appsmash-combine other apps with Flipgrid for maximum effect! Ex. Have students create chatterpix videos and upload them to a grid or have students create powerpoint screen recordings of their presentations and upload them to a grid--the possibilities are endless!


    Spark Response-use a student video as a topic to spark responses from other students

    Upload video from other people


    Add Flipgrid to Teams-Add a Flipgrid tab to your Microsoft Teams so your grid is always embedded!

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