Flipgrid is an excellent video discussion forum that teachers can use to enable students’ voices and stimulate their creative thinking. The way Flipgrid works is simple: teachers create groups for their class (a group is a shared virtual space), then invite students to join. In groups, teachers add topics that students respond to using short videos recorded by a flipped camera.
Creating videos on Flipgrid is both fun and exciting. Students not only record videos but also apply various editing features, effects and annotations to make their videos more meaningful. For example, students can add text, drawings, photos, sticky notes, GIFs, emojis, and more to their recorded videos.
In addition to empowering students’ voices, Flipgrid can also be used in a variety of educational activities, including digital storytelling, creating and sharing digital content reviews, language learning, and more.
In this post, I will introduce various things you can do on Flipgrid. More specifically, I will guide you through the process of creating groups for your class and show you how to add topics and share them with your students. I will also discuss some of the key flipgrid features: video editing features, shorts, mixtapes and the Discovery Library. Check out this tutorial I posted here on educatorstechnology.com to learn how students can log in to Flipgrid.
1- Create a flipgrid group for your class
As a teacher you can create a group for your class and invite students to participate. Groups is a shared space where your students can interact, learn, and share video responses. To create groups:
> Log in to your Flipgrid account and click on ‘+ Group’
> Name your group
> Set up how members can join your group:
- Email and school domains: Only those with approved emails can join
- Google Classroom: Import the Google Classroom roster and let students easily access your group using their Google Classroom account.
- Username: Assign students specific usernames and use these usernames to invite them to join the group.
2- Share your group with students
Once the group is created, you can use the generated join code or link and invite students to join your group. There are many ways to share your group links: via email, share or reminder to Google Classroom, post on Twitter, embed online using embed code, or you can share as a QR code that students can scan on their device.
3- Create topics
Topics motivate students to engage in group discussions. Topics take different forms: you can use text, videos, or select topics created from Flipgrid’s Discovery Library. Click “+ Topic” to add topics to your class group and add the following details: Add title and description of your topic, Media which image, Recorded video (maximum recording time 10 minutes), Emoji, Uploaded. Video, YouTube or Vimdeo video; Or you can add media from Adobe Spark or Buncee and / or add attachment links.
You can also customize the setting of your topic as you wish. You can change the position of the subject (e.g. active, video only, or hidden), set the recording time of video responses, turn on / off control of videos and comments, and select the caption language.
You can also edit the response setting. For example, you can choose whether student video responses may contain attachment links, allow favorites, display view numbers, and allow download and sharing. Similarly, you can control FlipGrid’s camera settings. For example, whether you want to support essentials (e.g. text, drawings, photos, stickers, frames and boards), sticky notes (allow sticky notes while recording) and expressions (e.g. lenses, filters, GIFs and backdrops) Select. Once you’re done, you can save your new settings as the default settings so you don’t have to create new settings every time you want to add a theme. To do so, simply click ‘Save changes to my default settings’.
Now that you have created the topic, students will now be able to respond to the topic using short videos recorded with a flipgrid camera, and according to the settings you have chosen as you create the topic.
Recording video responses using a flipgrid camera
Flipgrid’s camera is equipped with a number of fun and creative tools, including immersive lenses, fun backdrop, GIFs and more. Some of the video editing features they offer include:
- Upload clip: Students can upload clips to add to their flipgrid recordings.
- Mike only: Students can record their responses using audio only.
- Mirror video: “Flip the camera – this is useful for showing books and text in the background.”
- Record screen: This feature only works on Edge and Chrome and allows students to share their screens. This is especially useful when presenting presentations and sharing digital content.
- Filter: Apply various fun filters to the camera like rainbow, pixel, black and white and more.
- Text: Comment your recording with text.
- Board: Display your ideas using a variety of boards, including whiteboards, chalkboards, graph paper and more.
- Stickers and GIFs: Use FlipGrid’s library to add emojis and GIFs to recorded videos.
- Background: “With the background, you have more control over what you want to share and you can focus the viewer’s attention on what you’re saying and doing, not what’s happening behind your back!”
- Music: Students can add music tracks directly from the Flipgrid app.
Tights Is a video service that allows you to create videos beyond your topics. Shorts can be screen recordings, clips recorded by a flipgrid camera, or clips imported from your device. As a teacher, you can use shorts for a variety of educational purposes; Create step-by-step tutorials and guides, record screencasts, record lesson overviews, share messages with family and coworkers, record and share class announcements, and more. To make your shorts more meaningful, add annotations like drawings, text, filters, overlay photos, frames, emojis and more.
Mixtapes enables teachers (i.e., group creators) to display videos created from student responses on a variety of topics. These video highlights can be shared with the entire class in view-only mode. Therefore Catherine Nives That said, teachers can use the Mixtape feature to collect selected videos from student responses and share them with the whole class as a memento. “Seeing Mixtape as a class at the end of the year will help students remember what they learned.”
Discovery Library Where you, as a teacher, can access a wide variety of created topics created by the Flipgrid community and its partners. You can easily add these topics to your groups to ignite conversations between students. You can browse topics by subject (eg Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Special Education, STEM / STEM, History, Engineering, Design, Geography, Language education and more.
You can also browse trending topics and topics created by Flipgrid’s partners. Some of these partners include Adobe for Education, Buncee, BBC Learning, Discovery Education, Epic, Genially, LEGO Education, Made by Dyslexia, Nearpod, Pulitzer Center Education, and more.
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Featured Collection is a section where you can find themed topics. For example, there are collections on Indigenous Heritage Month, coding and computer science, digital citizenship, mental health awareness, social and emotional education, and more.
Optionally, You can also use Flipgrid’s search functionality to find specific topics. You can filter your search by topic and community. Once you find a topic that interests you, click ‘+ Add topic’ and choose whether you want to add it to an existing group, create a new group to add to it, or save for later. Each topic comes with detailed suggestions and questions to engage users and start meaningful discussions.