How are you all doing? Thank you for all you are doing to take care of each other and get through this hard time. I know these days can be hard for many of us. It is my hope that as we get our schoolwork up and running, students’ work can be a source of focus, connection, and fulfillment for your child. In the hopes of giving students a friendly and engaging way to connect with each other in learning ways, our classroom is trying out a platform called “FlipGrid.”
This has some great possibilities for connecting social-emotional learning with academic learning, and I really hope we can use this in many ways.
If making and sharing a video message is hard for you or your student, it’s okay to also respond to my prompts with a Google classroom comment. Also, there are a lot of ways to use Flipgrid without showing your face. Students can even hold writing up in front of the camera, to get their message across without face or voice.
No matter what, it would be great for students to at least look at the grid of videos, though, to see what others are thinking and sharing.
Here are some resources for how to join and check it out.
- You can find some instructions here from me (below).
- Here is also a link to a short tutorial from the Flipgrid site. How to Join a Grid (has video)
- Here are links for students and parents to answer some common questions.
Instructions from Ms. Jeni on How to Do Flipgrid – Use if these are helpful to you.
First, students go into Google classroom. Each day there will be something for students to do. This is the assignment from April 1.
Then, students watch the introduction video I made.
After that, students click the link to go to FlipGrid.
It will show you a page like this. Choose “Log in with Google.”
Then you’ll be in. It looks like this. You can watch my short launch video.
You’ll also see videos your classmates put up on the platform.
You can click the green plus to start recording your own video response. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect! If you don’t want to show your face yet, you can cover your camera with a sticky note and then create a podcast message, instead. See the link Camera Shy? Tips for All Students
Here is my favorite part! You can respond to each other’s videos! After you watch someone’s video, click on the little green speech bubble at the bottom. Then you can record a response!