Would call it a lifesaver...!
During spring break, while talk of a nationwide shutdown spread, I began hunting for technology that would help me maintain the hard-earned classroom community that was built throughout the current school year. Fortunately my school is part of a 1:1 district, meaning each student checks out a laptop and hotspot at the beginning of the school year and returns it at the end. This is amazing for sure; however, the hotspot only allows a small percentage of data to be used up each month. Therefore, Google Meet was not going to be a viable option for me. Any type of group video meeting would eat through the kids data right away. Not sure what could work instead, I found an article that included Flipgrid as a resource idea, and OMG was I glad to have found it! Using Flipgrid this past month has kept me and my students ‘in touch’ in SUCH better ways than a Zoom or Google Meeting could have done. I will be using Flipgrid from now on!
It is terribly simple for the kids to use (as well as myself!) and they actually love it! I teach literature at an alternative high school- so I’m always looking for different ways to bring the material to the kids and definitely different ways for the kids to demonstrate their understanding. Flipgrid is PERFECT for this! I love the community involved, the assignments already posted/shared, and the ease and simplicity of the planning involved. Thank you Flipgrid!!! 5 stars!
Flipgrid is a Favorite
Flipgrid is one of my favorite tools to recommend to other teachers. It is an all-around great tool, providing for differentiation, student voice, engagement, peer feedback, and saving time. It is made for students to quickly and easily join and record their videos. This is a game changer in the classroom, especially for those students who hate to write. They can discuss, share ideas, provide proofs, and explain. Then, they have fun ways to dress up their videos with stickers and filters. For those students that are even more self-conscious, they can use the white board instead of recording their own face. It is easy for teachers to use, too. They have their own login to manage their grids that make it easy to respond to the students. If you have a problem, the people supporting this app are so helpful. They really do want it to work well for you. Just look at all the great reviews they have gotten.
Flipgrid is my favorite educational tool! My students use the web version because we they have Chromebooks at school, but I use the app on my iPhone the majority of the time. I am able to do almost everything I need from the app wherever I am. The only feature I cannot use yet is creating Shorts videos but I prefer to do those from my computer anyway.
I use the app to create assignments, spark discussions, to make sub plans, and to reply and provide my students with their feedback. The camera is intuitive and easy to use and I can access everything I need. My kindergarten daughter is able to use it as well without much support.
The Flipgrid team is always enhancing newer versions and additions as their users provide ideas and feedback, so it is constantly improving with frequent updates. It’s a favorite for me as a teacher and my students are highly engaged every time we use it!
First grade teacher
By first grade teaxher
I’m teaching online due to COVID- and have been using Flipgrid to communist team with my students. They love being able to respond at their leisure, and LOVE seeing each other’s responses as well. They can also communicate with each other by commenting on their peers presentations. I used “disco library” for ideas when I digest got started- there are a million awesome ideas that other teacher have used (and are able to see how many Other teachers used the same ones as well.)
There are sooooo many cool features (can assign right to google classroom, can set it up but delay/schedule it’s rollout, you can delete inappropriate responses, record your own, but hide it until you are ready for it to be presented, add pics to the topics..... soo many more. I literally never had an issue with the technology part of using flipgrid (and I’m not a great techie person). Give it a try- you’ll love it!!
Awesome tool for flipped learning
I teach technology and geography to kindergarten through fifth graders. during our time at school this year, and I piloted flip grid with my second graders.
I am so glad that I did this because we, as a global arts team, were able to integrate our education seamlessly through Flipgrid because I already had an understanding of how it worked and how we can best reach all of our students.
We created grades and then added copilots so that all of the elective classwork was in one place for students, and then each teacher managed their own Flipgrid topic. This has been an incredible way for us to learn and we are very much looking forward to continuing flipped learning when we return back to school.
I generally work on chrome, but I sometimes use my school iPad to access student work as well. Thank you, Flipgrid, for such a powerful platform for student learning and voice.
It’s not fair to all of the platforms
By Ramdom Reviwer
Filpgrid is a great app to be honest but sometimes it isn’t fair! First of all, why is there different features for different platforms? The mobile/iPad/tablet platforms can let the user have the rainbow brush while the PC versions don’t have one? Also, one the mobile/iPad/tablet have the black outlines or some sort of outline on the text? While the PC has no outline? And also can’t adjust too much of the text (such as, making it squeezed together, reverse the text and etc.) Some features are great but are on different devices, which I consider isn’t fair. Second, when typing the text on mobile/iPad/tablet I can’t even see what I’m typing at all. I have to guess what I’m typing which is really hard.
Im just a student typing this but...
Note to the devs: Please make all features possible on all platforms and make it all the same (somewhat; but please remove the outline of the texts I don’t like it.) It just makes the program be more fair like. PLEASE SEE THIS!!!! thank you
More Frustrating than Efficient
I rarely take the time to write a review, but this app can make me soooo annoyed. It CONSTANTLY glitches (like every day) in the most inconvenient ways possible. And the software is just clunky as heck. I just uploaded a video that took me a half-hour to make (p.s. two minutes for a response is not enough), and I look under the topic and it’s not even there. Nowhere to be found. Additionally, I posted a video to the wrong topic because I can’t see what topic I’m posting to when I’m actually in the process of uploading. I have to trust myself that I clicked the right one before. Also, I can’t delete my videos as a responder to topics, and I can’t upload videos as a response if it decides to glitch. It makes my teaching experience worse because I literally have to put aside feelings of frustration constantly. I love the idea of this app, and most of it works okay, but it needs to be much more efficient. It feels as if you make a small mistake, it’s completely irreversible.
Totally amazing cool app but moderated mode doesn’t work it has been two and a half weeks and I still haven’t got the alert but I understand if it takes long and a few suggestions you could mabye make it sort of like FaceTime where you talk on video but you can change filters and all the things you can do in your flip videos and you could make it where in your videos you have unlimited time so you don’t have to keep looking at the clock and hurrying please take these suggestions thank you great app. Hi I’m editing this I was sort of able to take off moderated mode so that works it says it’s moderated now but it’s not and I have a bug issue will you please fix this cause now I can’t record a video every time I try to hit it it doesn’t record please fix this this and by the way love the new affects you can do now
Flipgrid during COVID
A colleague introduced me to flipgrid a couple weeks after in-school classes where shutdown and distance learning began. We had less than a days notice to prepare and were only expecting it to last 2 weeks, maybe 3 max. When we realized we were going to end our school year online, we were heartbroken and so were our students. Flipgrid gave us the chance to see and hear each other. Students that couldn’t make it to the zoom sessions or that didn’t feel comfortable talking in the meetings in front of larger groups felt safe using flipgrid to share out. I used it for scavenger hunts and fun activities during distance learning this spring, but I have so many ideas of how to incorporate flipgrid into my content in the fall! I’m excited to introduce it to my new group of students!
Way too inconsistent
By Funny poopoos
Riddle me this, I just put hours into a video I had to shoot for a class and when I go to edit all the segments to perfect them, it decides not to load them up, I was literally looking at a black screen. I tried pausing and unpausing the video, and it wouldn’t load up, I tried watching each piece by itself and it still wouldn’t load up. Heck, just to confirm it wasn’t on my end I switched from WiFi to LTE - still nothing. Then within moments it’s just gone, the entirety of my video gone. Are you kidding me? Hours of work down the drain because this app couldn’t function like it’s supposed to. Also, I was within my time limit too! The teacher gave us up to 10 minutes for this video and I was at 8:34! There is no excuse for this. This app does not function like it should. Very poor user interface. Hey kids, if your teachers are wanting you to use this app for any school related thing, do everything in your power to get them to not. Worst app out there for video assignments. One star rating if that.