Age-Specific Ideas for Remote Learning with Flipgrid

In what ways do you best use Flipgrid for remote learning?

We asked several educator friends, each for a specific age group, for their Top Five most-used distance learning tips to share with you. When applicable, each idea links to an existing Topic in our Discovery Library.

Share your ideas with us, too, by adding your own Topic to the Discovery Library or sharing on social using #FlipgridForAll. And, thank you to each of these educators for participating!

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K-6

Ideas submitted by Joe + Kristin Merrill, teaching authors in Florida, USA

  1. Two Truths and a Lie: This activity is great for getting to know members on the first day of school. Whether in person or learning from home, members share statements about themselves for the class to respond to and state guess which statement is not true.

  2. All About Me: Get members comfortable with all the fun and engaging tools in the Flipgrid platform by creating an All About Me video introduction! They can explore emojis, stickers and fonts to surround themselves with fun facts about who they are.

  3. Staff Introductions: Introduce leads and staff to the community through virtual introductions. You can even embed this into your school webpage or share the secure link with families via email. 

  4. Virtual Playground: Members at home for distance learning? No worries! They can still share their fun stories and ideas during “recess” through a simple Flipgrid Topic. Give members a space to share random and fun (non academic!) things with one another. Tip! It might be good to Moderate the Topic and preview first.

  5. Sticker Manipulatives: Using emojis or stickers, try stacking multiple on your recording screen ahead of your Shorts teaching video to create quick and engaging visuals for various math lessons. Check out this example! 

Middle School

Ideas submitted by Karalee Nakatsuka, a history teacher in California, USA

  1. Mindfulness: As your learning community sets goals for the year, have students reflect on them. Share last year’s student reflections with this year’s members. Use the videos to help inform this year’s students what their year might look like. This helps them anticipate what they’ll need to enjoy the year and be successful. This can help empower students with mindfulness and reflective practices.

  2. Introductions: Start the school year with introductions of each member and staff, and introduce your workspace, too.

  3. Advisories: Leads meet the needs of middle school students with advisories to build a sense of community and to ensure success academically and socially. Leads can leverage Flipgrid to check in with members on their progress, give feedback and suggestions for improvement and celebrate achievements. 

  4. Literature Circles and Book Reviews: As members read and reflect on a piece of literature or engage in community discussions, provide opportunities for them to share their own book recommendations as well as watch their classmates' book reviews. Tip! Extend the discussion by enabling Member-to-Member Replies on the Topic!

  5. Lab Stations: Lab stations are inquiry-based, student-centered lessons to explore and learn new concepts. Lab stations with Flipgrid allow the educator to “clone” themselves or provide videos and resources to explore prior to direct instruction.

  6. BONUS! Use Twitter to collaborate and share ideas about Flipgrid: The loneliest place is a classroom with a closed door, right? But if we choose to collaborate and see collaboration not as something that is fearful or taking away our agency but as something that is additive, then that’s awesome! Ask questions, share resources and find new ways to evolve.

High School

Ideas submitted by Yaritza Villalba, a history teacher in New York, USA

  1. Help Center: Create a private place for members to pose questions, how-to videos, comments, and supportive feedback.

  2. Peer-to-Peer Feedback: Flipgrid is a wonderful collaborative tool where members can give actionable feedback to one another through the use of videos or text with the Blackboard/Whiteboard Feature. 

  3. Promote SEL: Create activities that promote a sense of community, like videos asking students to think of their strengths and how those strengths can be used to support the virtual classroom environment. 

  4. Enhance Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Give members the opportunity to integrate other applications they may have grown accustomed to using, like TikTok, Google Slides or Adobe Spark, to create content-based projects and videos that can be shared with parents. 

  5. Connect with Parents: Use Flipgrid as a parent engagement tool by introducing families to the similarities in techniques used every day (like taking photos, creating videos or texting) with techniques their child needs to know for virtual learning and the 21st century workforce. Get creative with uploading videos and documents, using the Blackboard feature when you are feeling shy or AppSmash and integrate other platforms with Flipgrid.

Higher Education

Ideas submitted by Ramesh Laungani, a biology professor in Nebraska, USA

  1. Document Research Papers: Create video summaries that highlight data, allow students to submit an elevator pitch for a research project, or introduce an area of research they will be focusing on.

  2. Interview Practice: Host practice runs for both graduate school or workforce interviews.

  3. Office Hours: Create a Flipgrid Topic where you host virtual Office Hours. This is where students can connect privately or reach out with questions. Tip: Turn ON Notifications so you can provide a timely response and use Video Moderation to keep student videos confidential.

  4. Mixtapes: Assess or document growth over time by curating a Mixtape through Flipgrid on a specific content area or unit of study. Learn more about Mixtapes here!

  5. Extend Lectures: Offer materials, supports, or additional resources so students can further interpret data or revisit lecture content.

  6. Bonus! 24 Ideas in 24 Hours

Coaches

  1. Lead-to-Lead Support and Feedback: Create a moderated Group so leads can screen-share for technical assistance, ask for instructional tech support and receive feedback in a safe space. Submitted by Knikole Taylor and Jennifer Hall.

  2. Shorts and Screen Recording: Record a lesson, a quick note or an inspiring video on Flipgrid Shorts. Or, use screen recording to record your members’ thought processes while they are completing an assignment. Let them walk you through their learning! And, lastly, create a moderated Topic for members to share personal matters that is not content-related. Let your members share their silly and what they like to do! Submitted by Manny Curiel.

  3. Virtual Comment Cards: We use Flipgrid for virtual comment cards. If a student wants or needs to talk, they can post a video response sharing their comments on a Topic that is moderated by the teacher. The teacher can follow up with the student. The members are able to have a personal conversation with their teacher, remotely. Talk about keeping the bond connected! It works beautifully. Submitted by Nyree Clark.

  4. Staff and Community Connections: During our first go-around with emergency remote learning, we used Flipgrid as a space to build community, share ideas and let others know they can lean on me and each other. In a Grid called Wins, Fails, and Blazing Trails, we celebrated each others’ big and small wins, we shared challenges and encouraged each other when things did not go as planned, and we shared the goals we were working toward and the new risks we were taking to grow as professionals. Submitted by Michael Drezek.

  5. Reflections and Goal Setting for Students: Help your educator community utilize Flipgrid for member reflection and goal setting. Video responses can easily be shared with families, used during virtual conferences, or provide a space for member to share their successes and areas they wish to grow. Explore this Wakelet Collection with ideas from the #FlipgridForAll community for more ideas!


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