U of A Students Review Flipgrid for Honors Showcase

University of Arizona Eller College students Grant Williams, Jessica Stelmach, Lucas Laughlin, Cannon Winkler, and Justin Stalberg, reviewed Flipgrid for their Management Information Systems (MIS) 111 Honors class. The team was assigned to look “closely at instructional technology using their insight to help improve the learning that occurs in the classroom … [and] propose how cutting-edge apps and other web-based resources can be used in a variety of classes in colleges across campus.”

In their report, the group revered that “Flipgrid’s ease of use is one of the qualities that make it such a brilliant software for discussions,” and, moreover, “video discussions are a step above written discussions and they enable more thoughtful, personal responses. The campus as a whole would benefit from a more connected and involved student body that Flipgrid can create within a class."

Read the team's report and watch their video overview here.

Wonderful work Grant, Jessica, Lucas, Cannon, and Justin, thank you!



Student Flipgrid Feedback

Flipgrid offers students the opportunity to learn from each other and find new ways to solve problems.  We often hear this from educators all over the world who love using Flipgrid for STEAM assignments.  Jared Vance (@Principal_Vance), principal of Kickemuit Middle School in Rhode Island, recently shared this same impact from a student perspective.

One student says, "I like how on Flipgrid people can give you feedback on what you did wrong and people can help you with it.”  Another student gives a math example of, “...with Flipgrid you get see others’ answers and what they got and see how they did it.”

It is great to hear students loving the interactions with their classmates on Flipgrid! To learn more about Kickemuit Middle School and Jared Vance’s work with DLT, click here.

Teaching with Technology (Not the Other Way Around)

Flipgrid offers a convenient way for educators and students to communicate and converse asynchronously. Flipgrid user Michael Reis (@MichaelEReis), Online Learning Innovation Liaison at Virginia Commonwealth University, shares his thoughts about the benefits and break down of engagement in asynchronous communication in his post, "Asynchronous Engagement: Lessons from Flipgrid."

In a course Michael is currently co-teaching, Flipgrid is used, "... as a means of checking in, building social presence, and for its own sake (the course is about teaching with technology so tool exposure is an outcome). If you’re not familiar with Flipgrid, it’s a pretty straight-forward tool where participants respond to a prompt in a 90 second video made using a webcam capture. I like Flipgrid: the basic webcam approach to film lowers the angst about production for students, having some video can help students show off their personality and build connect, and by limiting the response to 90 seconds, it’s a nice way to include video as a check-in, rather than a full-on assignment. Flipgrid is also unique in that it doesn’t thread contributions or furnish any sort of reply or comment feature. Participants can “heart” a video but it doesn’t show who “hearted” it and that’s the end of direct interaction. The purpose isn’t the same as a forum or threaded discussion, it’s there to capture the thoughts of participants, as a start of a later conversation in another arena, to create an area to reflect or check-in, and show the broad range of perspectives brought by participants. Sometimes reply isn’t necessary or even good– a thought can be complete on its own merits or it’s a sensitive or complex enough topic that taking some distance before replying might strengthen the quality of discussion."

Michael continues to share his lessons learned so far and own best practices to increase class engagement in the Flipgrid conversation. To read Michael's full blog post, click here.

Measure Student Learning in Real Time

In a blog post a blog post prompted by the release of the National Education Technology Plan from the Department of Education, #SatChat CoFounder, Brad Currie (@bradmcurrie) shares a list of four web tools that make measuring learning fun, informative, and engaging - and Flipgrid makes the list!

Brad encourages educators to consider piloting one of his listed tools in the classroom, “Also, don’t be afraid to hand over the keys to your students and have them drive their own learning with these various web applications.”
To read Brad’s full blog post, click here.

Global Classroom Collaboration

Biology & Life Instructor Adam Bodley (@Ajarn_Adam), of Patumwan Demonstration School, Srinakharinwirot University, recently shared his experience during a global classroom collaboration between class in Thailand and a classroom of native english speakers in Texas. In a blog post where he shares both lesson plans and resources, Adam shares how his English Language Learners did research about our their local biomes, surroundings and cultures, then developed clues relating to their research which they shared via Flipgrid to their counterparts to view.

In his post, Adam noted that, “The great thing about this approach is that it can be done asynchronously, avoiding any difficulties arising from being in very different time zones.” What a perfect example of a shared global student voice!

To read Adam’s full blog post, click here.

Have you flipped?

The flipped classroom offers teachers the opportunity to create lasting resources that can be accessed by students at any time. In a post shared by Amanda Kavanagh (@alanoce), there are suggestions for how educators should expect to get the best results from a flipped classroom tool: “when showcasing these apps and tools for the flipped classroom, it is also important to think about them in the context of how students can use them as well.  Having students create tutorials is a great way to have them showcase their knowledge and encourage critical thinking skills.”

A critical piece of lesson plan success is the evaluation, the area Flipgrid was highlighted as a tool that easily allows partially because, “responses are easily to review and students can view and comment on their classmates work.”

To read the full blog post, click here.