Teachers Flip Over Flipgrid

Flipgrid video platform

Flipgrid (@Flipgrid) enables learners to respond to prompts with short videos—most are about a minute, but they can be a long as five minutes. The video platform has become a favorite of teachers from kindergarten to college.

Launched by University of Minnesota professor Charlie Miller in 2014, it quickly caught on among educators. Today, about one in three U.S. teachers uses Flipgrid.

The platform has hundreds of use cases, including reflections, quick explanations, compare and contrast, peer review, project update, office hours, and goal setting. Check out the #Flipgrid Twitter channel and you’ll spot a hundred more.

“Because of our different time zones and asynchronous class schedules, Flipgrid presented the perfect solution for creating a space for my students to interact with students in Argentina and Spain,” said ISTE awarded teacher and Getting Smart columnist Rachelle Dene Poth (below).

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“We used Flipgrid for introductions, to ask questions, to show what our schools looked like and more,” added Poth. “It was a much more authentic way to learn about different cultures and to be able to connect easily. While students can learn about other cultures and places using a variety of media formats, being able to see the students we had been collaborating with and ask questions directly took their learning to a whole new level.”

New Flipgrid Features

Microsoft acquired the Minneapolis startup last June and made it free for schools. Flipgrid integrates with many Microsoft products, including Teams for chatting with other people and OneNote for taking notes.

Last week at ISTE, America’s biggest ed tech conference, Eran Megiddo, Microsoft’s VP of Education said, “For the 2018-2019 school year, we added more than 700,000 new educators (that equates to a new sign-up every 45 seconds), 530 million videos were shared (that’s 1.5 million per day) and 24 billion seconds of video were shared—equal to 2.1 years of video shared every day.”

Megiddo also highlighted new Flipgrid features:

  • More accessible: Videos are transcribed and Microsoft’s Immersive Reader makes them responsive.
  • Enhanced storytelling: Students can stitch together segments into one simple video.
  • Embedded videos: Short videos in platforms including Teams, OneNote, Remind and Wakelet.
  • FlipgridAR: Teachers and students can create and print FlipgridAR stickers for any response to place; they can take advantage of millions of Flipgrid QR codes.
  • Great content: access content from Code.org, HackingSTEM, Find Your Grind, Wonderopolis, and more. Search educator-created content audience, subject, and goal.

Poth spotted Flipgrid at another conference two years ago. “Since that time, Flipgrid continues to add more features to its already amazing platform. Just when you think it can’t get any better, they manage to roll out even more features that set it apart from the other tools and platforms out there.”

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This post was originally published on Forbes.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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