Review: A Jedi Uses Flipgrid to Demonstrate 18 Positive Discussion Habits

At a recent professional development seminar, Tracey Dann (@mamadann3) discovered her favorite session described a scope and sequence of rhetorical habits to improve the rigor of group discussion in a classroom.

In her blog, "The Hitchhikers Guide to Student Teaching," Tracey honestly states that, "explaining a skill in rhetoric is never as effective as modeling the skill directly for students." 

The solution to effective modeling was using Flipgrid to record a short video demonstrating each skill which can be watched by students in class. Tracey tells about how her search ended with Flipgrid, saying that, "for several months I have looked for a way to model the skills students need to add rigor to group discussion.  I wanted the subject of the model to be neutral, allowing the video to be used across Science, Social Studies and ELA curriculum.  I also wanted to include a very short audio visual element I can use to cue students in any classroom subject."

Tracey's blog continues on to describe her experience in creating this Flipgrid that demonstrates the 18 Positive Discussion Habits. We love how her creative approach to modeling this behavior has fun with the Flipgrid features of taking a video thumbnail, reordering the grid questions, and making use of the onscreen text area of each video to title each behavior.

Well done, Tracey. Thank you for sharing your Flipgrid!

To read Tracey's full blog post, click here.

5 Strategies for Using Flipgrid in the Language Learning Classroom

5 strategies for using Flipgrid in the language learning classroom

5 Strategies for Using Flipgrid in the Language Learning Classroom, by Michael Shehane, includes practical how-t0 tips to create a fun visual impact with your grid, as well as strategies for successful student engagement.

Michael Shehane (@metaprince) is a self-described post modern educator who teaches English to speakers of other languages in San Francisco, CA. In his LinkedIn post, 5 Strategies for Using Flipgrid in the Language Learning Classroom, Michael shares that in his, "15 years I have been a language teacher who believes that students learn a new language best when they concoct utterances that are meaningful to them. So I try my best to manage classroom discussions to give every student the opportunity to share his or her story."

We love how creative Michael has been in setting up his class grid, (check out his post for tips on how to do the same) and encourages his students to explore their creative side in their video responses, too! In his post, Michael shares his lessons learned about how to use Flipgrid so that students remain accountable for producing quality videos. Thank you for sharing your insights, Michael!

To read Michael Shehane's full LinkedIn article, click here.

Establishing Instructor Presence in Online Courses


PhD candidate in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas, Whitney Kilgore (@whitneykilgore), shares how Flipgrid is used in the Massive Open Online Course, HumanMOOC,  to gather insights on how to enhance instructor presence in online courses. 

In her blog about leveraging technology to support teaching and learning, Whitney shares that instructor presence takes three forms, as in teacher, social, and cognitive.  Through her course study, "only 6% noted an increase in their self-efficacy for using social media for teaching and learning while 82% indicated an increase in their self-efficacy regarding using video and audio recording technologies."

Read Whitney's full blog post here. 

Review: Edublog

Edublog Flipgrid Review

Tucker McNeil, (@tmacneil), the Technical (ICT) Demonstrator for the School of Education in Brighton, shares a review of Flipgrid on his blog.

Tucker came across Flipgrid in the MOOC that he is currently taking (AKA,#HumanMOOC), and shares, "It was fun to use as a student, and I can see an application of this sort working really well for asynchronous learning."

To read Tucker's full review, click here.

Review: Compassionate Assessment: Speaking Edition

Bethanie Drew (@lovemysummer) wrote a fantastic post about how she is using Flipgrid to provide feedback to language students about their speaking performance. In this straightforward introduction to using Flipgrid, Bethanie shares how, " Flipgrid allows you to pose questions for your students, who then see the questions and video record their responses. The responses are aggregated on one page for you to see, which helps streamline the assessment process."

To read Bethanie's full blog post, click here.

Flipgrid in Top 5 Apps for Project-Based Learning on Edutopia


Thanks to Don Doehla, MA, NBCT, Co-Director Berkeley WL Project at UC Berkeley Language, for including Flipgrid in the Top 5 Apps for Project-Based Learning on Edutopia.

Full Don's full article, click here.

"I have one more tool to share. It is, and although it isn’t free (sorry!), it isn’t expensive either, not for what you get. FlipGrid costs 65$ a year, and for that, I get a great tool to help my students gain confidence with their speaking skills. I post a prompt or question, and students record a video reply. They can view their video before they submit. If they want to, they can re-do their video reply as many times as they like, until they submit the final response.

I have a lot of students who are deathly afraid of speaking in front of an audience. FlipGrid allows them, and the others who are more brave, to submit a speaking assignment which represents their best work. They are happy because they can do it even on their phone if they want. I am happy because I finally have an EASY tool to use to collect speaking assignments, and assess them on my iPad in that comfy chair I mentioned earlier. SO much more fun than grading those old grammar tests I used to give so very long ago. It may not be free, but it is well worth it to me, especially when I see the results. Priceless!"