The following is a guest post from Flipgrid Ambassador Jen Giffen. Jen works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board near Toronto, Canada. As a Google Education Trainer and Level 2 Google Educator, Jen utilizes tools that enhance the learning environment, engage students, and increase critical thinking skills. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.
I have definitely caught #FlipgridFever. I am using it every chance I get to capture voice...there is something rich about hearing someone's intonation and see their facial expressions. About 6 weeks ago, I read Karly Moura's great post about how to use Flipgrid in a class. I have shared that post MANY times with teachers beginning with, or looking for new ways to use Flipgrid. BUT, I am not a classroom teacher and get called on a lot by other coaches or administrators to see how they can tap in to the features of this great tool. I have been sharing ideas with them and thought it might be time to go more public with these uses...afterall, Flipgrid has many great uses beyond the traditional classroom.
10 ways to use Flipgrid beyond the classroom
- School Announcements. In my experience students rarely listen to voice announcements, and people often want to read their announcement themselves. Why not have a grid for people to post announcements? Teachers could find time in class to share the grid AND it would be available to the larger school community.
- Teacher Daily Reflections. Having daily reflections is great practice for teachers. Why not start a reflection grid that you can keep private, or share publicly? Check out how Ryan Matthews called out his district and asked for their reflections.
- Speaker Corner at Conferences - Until about 10 years ago in Toronto we had a TV show called Speakers Corner. There were video booths set up around the city for people to use the voice their views, concerns, happiness disdain, with any topic they wanted. It was then edited and shared on the show. Flipgrid can provide that same opportunity. Why not set up a photo booth of sorts for delegates to share thoughts? Check out how EdTechTeam TN used it for reflections.
- Teacher Book Clubs - It can be tough for teachers to carve out time for rich discussion in to a typical school day. Why not make discussions asynchronous? Consider starting a teacher book club wherein teachers read a book and share thoughts on a grid? Not only will you have discussion but it will be archived and shareable! Check out this one I did with some colleagues about Trevor MacKenzie's book Dive Into Inquiry.
- Interviews/Podcasts. Have you ever met someone great at a conference or PD session? Have a colleague whose ideas you need to share? Consider starting a great ideas grid wherein you have colleagues share their thoughts that resonate with you.
- Make Introductions. Nerves are at their peak the week or so before school starts with the unknown faced by students and parents. Why not introduce your school to community before the school year starts?!
- Build community among staff. Consider having a grid whereon staff share summer adventures and/or learnings. This will build community and create great back to school conversation beyond the regular small talk.
- PD Opportunity - Do you have something you can teach in a few minutes or less? I have tech tips I post on YouTube for my district every week. Why not use a grid? Joe Merill does a great job on his board about appsmashing with Flipgrid. (Thanks for pointing me to that Jornea Erwin!)
- Virtual Cards - Use grids as virtual thank you and encouragemetn cards. Someone retiring? Why not ask people to add messages to a grid? This way the card does not get lost and poeple from other building can also contribute! This can be done as thank you cards as well - see this great tribute to mom.
- Have Fun! Claudio Zavala's sing a song board speaks for itself here...unleash and have fun!
Do you have another idea? Share it on this grid! Looking forward to hearing from you.