Flipgrid for the Camera Shy 😳

The following post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Erwin. In this series, (see the full collection here), Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Jornea, Ann, and Jess share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid!


3, 2, 1…. Record… Getting started with Flipgrid is super exciting for many of us as educators because we know the power of formatively assessing student understanding through every interaction they have. We are superheroes and can tackle many things at once but with a room full of students we may often miss out on important conversations, insights, and wonderings.  So we are excited to finally have Flipgrid as a powerful tool to unleash all of the possibilities! The beauty within implementing Flipgrid is the amplification of voice for ALL including the capability to have authentic audiences hear, continue the conversation and give feedback to those voices.  Flipgrid gives the students the space and time to share their understanding, ideas, questions, and projects in multiple ways when physical time and space in the classroom does not always allow for it.

Although our students are digital natives and may FaceTime often with family, participate in Google Hangouts with friends, snap their daily lives, or go live on Facebook or Instagram, it does not mean they are comfortable recording themselves on video for classroom purposes. Students may be hesitant at first to show their face, but there are a couple of fun tips that are sure to get your students to overcome their camera shyness and be proud to be a part of the collaborative space to learn and grow. 

10 Savvy Tips to Overcoming Camera Shyness on Flipgrid

Savvy Tip #1: Start simple. If your students are a bit hesitant to put themselves on camera, their nerves will be even stronger if they're asked to answer a tough question right away. Start with something fun and simple that will get them comfortable with the recording process.

"If you had to eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

"If you had to live in another country, where would it be and why?"

"What's the hardest you've ever laughed? Tell us the story."

Savvy Tip #2: Share yourself as an educator recording.  If students see you as the educator relaxed, silly at times, and creative in a response, students will feel more comfortable to do the same.  

Savvy Tip #3 :  Record with a Buddy, Group or with Family Members.  Motivation and confidence increases with the support of group members and family.

Savvy Tip #4: Record Something Else!  Yes, that’s right - students don’t have to be seen, just use the Flipgrid app rear-facing camera feature to capture something else as the students are speaking.

Savvy Tip #5:  Interview a Friend - This is a great choice to foster student collaboration and to have students help each other become comfortable in recording while also practicing speaking and listening skills.  Have shy students pair with a student who is more comfortable on the camera.  As they ask questions they can use the PAUSE feature to allow the shy student to gather their thoughts before speaking.

Savvy Tip #6:  Create Paper Slides Videos - Paper slides allows students unleash their creativity by creating a slide for each of their big ideas shared in the video.  As the student is speaking someone else can move the paper slides into the view of the camera.

Savvy Tip #7:  Use Puppets or Masks - Have fun and creative masks, emoji faces, or puppets  available or allow students to create their own mask or puppets to share their ideas.  Some are easy to make with a simple paper plate and popsicle stick or have students create their own sock puppets.

Savvy Tip #8:  Create a screencast -  Record computer screens with ease and upload student work including presentations, a process, or projects to Flipgrid.  Screencastify, Screencast-o-matic, Loom are great options to get started.  Students can record their voice as they are recording their screen.

Savvy Tip #9:  Moderate Topics -  The moderation feature allows you as the educator to choose which responses show on the grid, so shy students can respond without all of their classmates seeing the response.  Use the Actions button to Edit Topic (not to be confused with editing a grid) In section 1. Topic Details you can toggle the Response Moderation setting to on.  This will default your videos to only be visible to the teacher.  After reviewing, you can choose to make the videos visible to students or keep them hidden.

Savvy Tip #10:  Appsmash! - Appsmashing is the process of combining two or more apps in order to expand the possibilities for increased impact.  Chatterpix is a great app where students can upload images of animals, famous poets, important people throughout history or their own art work, then by simply drawing a line where the mouth is located and recording it looks like the image is speaking but has the voice of the student!  After creating the video in Chatterpix upload it into Flipgrid for all to enjoy. Also, allow your students to record in their favorite apps and upload to Flipgrid - be prepared for some of the most creative responses you’ll ever see!

So remember, although some students may be shy at first, they will come around with time and practice - we all get more comfortable the more we do something.  Allow students to be themselves and choose how they want to respond and watch your shy students shine  and have their voices heard in many ways on Flipgrid.

See you on the grid!