Instructional Materials & How-Tos
This is the picture of the front page of Flipgrid.com
How To Introduce Flipgrid
In order to use Flipgrid effectively you need to introduce students to it in a fun and exciting way. Before I had them use it for academics, I had them use it to introduce themselves. This would be a great beginning of the year activity. At the end of the year I had them write a letter to me about the school year and then record themselves reading it to me. After the first time students used it they did not need any more help from me. The more they used it the better they were at it.
First, you need to learn how to use the websites that you are wanting to use with your students. Make sure to play around with it and make a few yourself. Here are some videos on how to set up your own Flipgrid and VoiceThread.
Next, you want to find out how you want to use it. Here are some articles on how to use Flipgrid in your lessons and beyond:
After you have figured out what you would like to use Flipgrid for, you want to introduce the program. Create a classroom if you haven't done so already (see video above). You will give your students a code to your classroom for them to enter. Before I had my students create one, I created one in front of them. I modeled how to use my graphic organizer to retell the story and how to create the video step by step. Then I had them retell the steps to a partner so they were getting it 3 times.
Once everyone was confident on how to use it they practiced what they were going to say before recording (even though they can redo it if they mess up). Once everyone was done practicing we had "recording time." During this time students were only allowed to talk if they were recording. Students used cardboard "offices" to have their own space. They also wore head phones to help block out any noise from their neighbors.
If any students had trouble they were to take their computer, without talking, and walk to the back of the classroom to work at the group table with the teacher. If they felt they were ready, they went back to their seat to record. This helped block out any extra noise in the videos.
Depending on your class, after they are done recording you can have them watch other videos that students have created or you can make them private so only you can see them. I usually have them watch other students videos and they will discuss later what they liked about the videos.
There are endless uses for Flipgrid! This is just one way to introduce it in YOUR classroom. Just remember, digital tools are not just for older kids. Flipgrid is so easy to use even Kindergarten can use it!
Below are some links to graphic organizers for students to plan their video with.