So, what are the must know features of Flipgrid? First - there a currently two plan levels offered by Flipgrid, “Flipgrid One” (Free - we love free) and “Flipgrid Classroom” ($65/classroom per year). Flipgrid One offers individuals, true to its name, one grid. There are many ways to share your Flipgrid. You can share by URL, you could embed on a website, have students scan a QR Code, or you can direct share to Facebook, Twitter, Google Classroom, or Remind.
You can share also Flipgrids, by grid link or topic link. If you share a grid link with a class, they can see all of the topics on your single grid. This would be great for a self-contained classroom. If you just share a topic link, then they will only see that single discussion. This could be helpful for a secondary teacher who teaches multiple sections of different classes. How long can your students respond in the free version? Flipgrid One responses are limited to either 15 seconds or 90 seconds.
“Flipgrid Classroom” affords individuals multiple grids and the ability to create more video dialogue by allowing users to respond to each other. Additionally, response length increases up to a maximum of 5 minutes. There is also more flexibility in the teacher management of the grid. Teachers can freeze and launch topics as well as advanced grid management. And, if you have 4 friends who are interested in using Flipgrid Classroom, you need to look at the Classroom Five Pack pricing! You can get $15 off the single classroom membership when you sign up together.
Topic Discovery Library is your fast-track way to getting started with Flipgrid. Think of them as templates to start your journey. Educators have already created starter grids on different topics and all you need to do is add the topic to your grid. Templates contain descriptions of the topic, questions to focus discussion and sometimes even videos to get the discussion flowing.
Things get really interesting with the Connections Library that gives you another opportunity to open the door of your classroom to collaboration with other schools and professionals. Teachers are posting their classroom grids in the Connections Library where you could go and contribute to that class’s discussion. Additionally, professionals in various fields have started to catch #FlipgridFever and have developed grids to engage learners from all over the globe. Check out paleontologist Jason Osborn’s Fossil Flipgrid.
How could you use Flipgrid in your classroom? We challenged some great teachers we know to share ways that Flipgrid could be used in the classroom. Check out their ideas below. Have a great idea? Share it to the topic by clicking on the + sign.
Amber Bridge - Digital Learning Consultant - @abridgesmith
Gina Rogers - Digital Learning Consultant - @grogers1010