Have you tried Flipgrid yet? If not, this is the year to join the fun! This cool and totally FREE site lets students record video responses to teacher prompts. There are endless ways to use it in every classroom, virtual or in person, K-12. Read on to learn how it works and get Flipgrid ideas for every subject.
How Does Flipgrid Work?
The basic process is simple. Teachers set up a free account, then post topics for students to respond to. Students receive a “Join” code (or you can easily post these to Google Classroom), review the assignment, and respond by recording a video using their phone or webcam. Teachers control the privacy settings, so it’s a safe way for students to interact online.
There are a bunch of customization options, and teachers have the ability to control how students interact with each other. You can choose to disable “likes” or moderate videos and comments before they’re posted. Video responses can vary from 15 seconds to 10 minutes, so kids can respond off-the-cuff to a quick question or spend time to plan and record a quality video.
Flipgrid’s site provides lots of help and ideas, including pre-made topics to get you started instantly. And it really is completely free! Teachers love the interactivity it provides, especially in virtual classrooms where students don’t always have a chance to show off their personality. Here are 50+ ways to give it a try.
General Flipgrid Ideas for Students & Teachers
- Icebreakers. Introduce yourself with a Flipgrid video.
- Set Expectations. What do you hope to learn in class this year?
- End-of-Year Reflections. What did you learn this year?
- Advice to Next Year’s Class. What can they look forward to? What should they do to be successful?
- Take a Virtual Classroom Tour. Take us on a tour of your home learning environment.
- Thank Yous. Thank a classroom speaker or treasured school staff member.
- Featured Student. Celebrate what makes the current student-of-the-week special.
- Get Well Soon. Record get-well messages for students or teachers out sick.
- Exit Tickets. Tell one thing you learned in class today, or answer an exit ticket prompt.
- School Pride. What makes your school great?
- Show-And-Tell. Record a show-and-tell video about anything!
- Weekend Field Trip. Take a tour of a favorite place (or check out someplace new).
- Ted Talk. Become an expert on a topic and give your own Ted Talk.
- Daily News. Record daily announcements or school news as quick videos.
- Show What You Know. Before you begin a new unit, record a video sharing what you already know about it.
- Reflect on Learning. After completing a unit, fill in the blanks: “I used to think ______ but now I know _____”.
- AHA Moments. Share a moment when you suddenly understood something or learned a fact that’s important to you.
- Flipgrid Pals. Make friends with another teacher and take turns asking questions and sharing class responses.
- Conduct Interviews. Record an interview with a family member, friend, or school staff member.
- Pose a Riddle. Post a riddle and have kids record their answers, then pose their own riddle in return.
Reading Flipgrid Ideas for Students
- Sing the ABCs. Give your best performance of the ABC song.
- Practice Beginning Sounds. Make a video for a letter, showing items from around your classroom or house that start with that letter.
- Read Aloud. Record yourself reading out loud for teachers and parents to see your progress.
- Favorite Reading Spot. Show your favorite place to curl up with a book, and explain what makes it special.
English Language Arts Flipgrid Ideas for Students
- Read Aloud to Others. Older kids read their favorite storybook out loud for younger kids to watch.
- Favorite Character. Who’s your favorite character and why?
- Who Dunnit? Before you finish reading a book, predict the ending.
- Vocabulary Word Wall. Make a video to help other students learn the definition of a vocab word.
- Meaningful Quotes. What’s your favorite quote from a book, and why?
- Tell a story. Start a story, then have each student record the next 30 seconds. So much fun to listen to when it’s done!
- Sell a Book. Make a commercial to “sell” other students on why they should read a book you love.
- Recite a Poem. Recite your favorite poem with gestures (and even costumes!). Bonus: Write a new poem to recite.
- Video Book Club. Pose questions and record video answers about a book the class is reading.
STEM Flipgrid Ideas for Students & Teachers
- Practice Math Facts. Record yourself practicing math facts. Watch your own videos or those from other students for review.
- Demonstrate the Answer. Work out the answer to a math problem. Be sure to show or explain your thinking.
- Graph the Results. Conduct an experiment (flip a coin, roll a die), then draw a graph of the results. Make a video of the whole process.
- STEM Challenge. Create something new using basic supplies, then record a video of your creation.
- Conduct an Experiment. Provide students with basic supplies and instructions to complete an experiment, or let them come up with one on their own. Have them predict what will happen and record the results.
- Draw a Diagram. Draw and label the parts of a diagram (cell, body parts, solar system … there are so many options!). Take this even further and create a 3-D model instead.
Social Studies Ideas for Students & Teachers
- Make a documentary. Report on an event or historical figure in a brief documentary.
- Hold a Debate. Post an opinion question and ask students to respond using facts to back up their points.
- Historical Campaign Ad. Write and record a campaign ad for a past president, like Abraham Lincoln or Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- Travel the World. Create a video about a place you’d like to visit.
- Act Out History. Act out a famous scene from history, or record yourself reading a well-known speech or address.
- Timeline Slideshow. Put together a pictorial timeline of a historical event or person’s life.
Other Flipgrid Ideas for Students
- Phys Ed. Record your favorite dance move, yoga pose, or exercise method.
- Explain a Game. Teach others to play your favorite game, or demonstrate a specific skill (like how to do a basketball layup).
- Music Practice. Record yourself practicing a song, and get feedback from your teacher and fellow students.
- Foreign Language. Pose a question for students to answer in that language. Others offer feedback on grammar, pronunciation, etc.
- Drama Club. Act out a monologue, or work with other students to record a short scene.
- Kitchen Time. Record yourself cooking your favorite dish or baking a yummy treat.
- Share Art. Show your favorite artwork and explain why you love it. Or show off a piece you’ve recently created yourself.
Book discussions are one of our favorite Flipgrid ideas. Here are another 22 Creative Ways for Kids to Respond to Books.
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