#StudentVOice - Flipgrid
Flipgrid is one of my favorite tools to foster student voice and allows countless ways to engage learners. The video platform is easy to use, can be utilized in any content area and with all age learners. I have helped teachers use Flipgrid in numerous subject areas including math, science, social studies, English/language arts, Spanish, French, orchestra, and band.
In my role, I use Flipgrid as a reflection as well as presentation tool; I facilitate the use of the video tool during professional development sessions as well as when co-teaching or modeling lesson with students.
Having teachers experience Flipgrid before using it with their students, allows them to view the tools through a students’ lens and think of ways they may want to incorporate the video tool in their classroom, with their content.
There are many new updates to the app/platform for students scheduled for the start of school, including the new clips feature and AR. I had the opportunity to attend the Flipgrid Live event during ISTE and see all the updates and new features.
Working with schools in my district, I am excited to collaborate with students to explore the new features and develop ideas for using the new clips and AR features.
I am always amazed by students ingenuity when exploring new tools and creating new ways to use tools.
Flipgrid is an ideal tool to foster digital citizenship and empower learners. Having students produce and publish appropriate content is essential and students are able to comment/respond to their peers’ work. Having this opportunity encourages digital citizenship, because students need to think before posting online and use their voice to be encouraging and constructively critical.
Flipgrid allows for an engaging classroom experience and provides an easy to use tool for both educators and students. Being able to have students (and adult learners) reflect on their learning, showcase new knowledge, comment on colleagues work, demonstrate their creativity, pose questions, and connect with learners around the globe are just a few of the benefits of using Flipgrid. Utilizing such a tool can be transformative because the ways to use Flipgrid are limitless, most importantly providing learners a voice.
Flipgrid is such a versatile tool and addresses several ISTE student standards including Empowered Learner. Digital Citizenship, Creative Communicator and Collaborator.
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Jennifer Hall is an Educational Technology Specialist for Atlanta Public Schools.