40 Ideas For Using FlipGrid In The Classroom

40 Ideas For Using FlipGrid In The Classroom

by TeachThought Staff

We’ve shared How To Use Flipgrid in the past.

In this post, we’re sharing a graphic from Flipgrid that provides ideas for using FlipGrid in the classroom for every grade level. In a post by Terry Heick on viewing comprehension strategies, he talked about how video and text are similar–and not similar.

Like reading a text, video comprehension is a matter of decoding, but with different symbols based on unique modalities. Light, sound effects, scene cuts, dialogue, voice-overs, video speed, music, and more. How should students ‘approach’ a video? How should they watch one? What should they do when they’re done? More largely, what viewing comprehension strategies should students use to promote close viewing? What can they do to increase comprehension and retention of video content so that they are able to repackage meaning into other media forms?

One takeaway is that video can be used as a surrogate for writing and a supplement to ‘speaking’ and real-time, in-class presentations. Short, easy-to-create-and-share video isn’t hugely different than short, easy-to-create-and-share writing–useful for assessment, collaboration, reflection, goal-setting, connecting with communities, and more. Moreover, FlipGrid attempts to make it easy to limit who can view (in contrast to larger social media sites where such controls may not be as functional or obvious or elegant), making it a better fit in many cases for students, teachers, and schools.

So here are 40 ideas for using FlipGrid in the classroom, separated by pre-K through 8, High School, and College/University. One way to think of it is not so much as ‘using FlipGrid’ but ‘ideas for the kinds of things students can document and share with short videos.’ Below is a list to get this kind of thinking started, from FlipGrid themselves and modified slightly for clarity and fit by TeachThought.

40 Ideas For Using FlipGrid In The Classroom

Ideas For Using FlipGrid In Pre-K through 8th Grade

1. Class Intros/Icebreakers

2. Booktalks

3. Class news/school events

4. Math/ STEAM journaling

5. Content check-ins

6. Shared learning processes

7. Goal setting

8. Family involvement

9. Global pen pals

10. ‘What if?’ scenarios

11. Music/Art performances

12. Just for fun!

13. Virtual field trips

14. ‘Aha moments’ or ‘wonderings’

15. End of year memories

16. Current or istorical events

17. Travel reflections

Ideas For Using FlipGrid In High School

18. Class introductions

19. Content check-ins

20. Shared learning processes

21. Virtual Career Day or Science Fairs

22. Expert discussions

23. Class news or schools events

24. Reflecting on learning

25. Interviews, re-enactments, or dramatic skits

26. Book reviews

27. Sports evaluation and training

28. Music, artistic, or dramatic performances

29. Project-based learning reflection during or after the project

30. End of year memories

31. Student government voting

32. Auditions and tryouts

Ideas For Using FlipGrid In College/University

33. Weekly check-ins with instructors, students, group members, etc.

34. Reading reflections

35. Thesis brainstorming, practice, or review

36. Content experience

37. Qualitative research

38. Focus groups

39. Current event reflection, summary, skimming, survey, or review

40. Goal setting

40 Ideas For Using FlipGrid In The Classroom