To enhance student learning we would like to introduce Stage 3 students to Flipgrid. Please find a full explanation of this platform below including the necessary protocols for participation.
What is Flipgrid?
Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows teachers to ask a question, then the students respond in a video. Students are then able to respond to one another, creating a “web” of discussion. The teacher creates a ‘grid’ – an online meeting place. Responses can be recorded on a phone, tablet or computer to share with others in the class.
Quick overview: How Flipgrid works
Users create videos around topics, then upload those videos to a ‘Grid’ for sharing, feedback, and topic-based ‘response videos.’
Flipgrids Topics and Grids
Topics are prompts or discussion questions. Grids are like classrooms or learning communities. The former is what the videos are about while the latter is where they’re shared and who they’re shared to and with.
Privacy for Grids in Flipgrid
A password can be added so that the Grid can’t be joined and videos can’t be viewed without the password. Anyone with the Flip Code and Grid password (if activated) can join and view the videos on the Grid. Also, to record a video, participants will verify their identity with their email address.
Privacy features allow students to reply to each other’s videos while teachers are in control of video moderation and access controls.
What are Flipgrid’s other features?
Acquired by Microsoft in June 2018, Flipgrid has a variety of features that make it a useful tool for teaching and learning, including video downloads, video feedback options, stickers and drawings for videos, custom assessment rubrics, and video feedback.
How will we use it?
Stage 3 teachers will use it as a means of ‘check-in’ with our students along with it being a tool to support teaching and learning. It is a way of sharing the students’ process of learning and reflection or simply sharing what they believe they already know and understand.
Flipgrid is an ‘any platform access’ so students can share anywhere by using any Surface, Chromebook, laptop, iPad, iPhone, or Android device. There is also an app for Windows 10.
Student protocols for using FlipGrid
- Dress in appropriate smart casual clothing
- No pyjamas or singlets, they must be appropriately covered and hair off their face
- Find a quiet place to record where there is good lighting
- Pick a sensible place to video, their bed must not be in the background
- Make sure their internet connection is working
- Position themselves (top part of the body) in front of their computer’s camera
- Locate and click the link sent on Google classroom by their teacher
- Remember to practice good digital citizenship, being kind and respectful
- Follow the teacher-directed tasks
- Make sure their responses to tasks are appropriate and follow what the teacher has asked them to do.
- Rehearse and ‘polish’ their response before they post it!
What do we need from you?
Your permission for your child to participate in this platform is required by accepting this on Parent Portal, then your child’s classroom teacher will be able to add them to their class FlipGrid. Please discuss the protocols for participating in this platform with your child.
Ms Fiona George
Stage 3 Coordinator