Deepen Student Learning with Flip’s Video Magic

By Kathleen Palmieri
A couple of years ago I utilized a video tool that permitted me to use an enjoyable engaging method for my trainees to learn and reveal themselves. The free tool was called Flipgrid at the time, however is now– after being acquired by Microsoft– known merely as Flip And its still complimentary.
Its really a fantastic item name as it genuinely does assist teachers to “flip” learning in the classroom. Not only was it a lifesaver throughout the pandemic, but it has shown to be an essential tool in my class.
While Flip has been around for a while, lots of still do not understand the benefits of this video resource. Flip is basically a video tool that allows you to establish a classroom and after that produce topics and assistance collective and interactive learning.
In the transition from Flipgrid to Flip, Microsoft included “a new appearance and enhanced functions,” but it will feel familiar to early adopters. And new users will appreciate hearing that the upgrading is based on the experiences and ingenuity of actual teachers.

Getting begun with Flip.
Flip is an online service that is quickly accessed by means of your browser utilizing tech such as your Chromebook, laptop computer, iPad, or a smart device. I use Flip quickly with my Google account, logging in with my Google credentials and perfectly publishing to my Google Classrooms.
Developing a Flip account is extremely simple just by visiting the site Once there, merely click “Getting Started”. Also, youll find an “Educator Toolkit Page” that uses a downloadable detailed guide, age-specific remote learning resources and a downloadable “Flip How to Guide” to show families and trainees.
When using Flip, comprehending the terms is crucial. A group is basically the equivalent of a “Google Classroom” and you can produce more than one group. You can also produce a group within a group. This is specifically helpful for those who teach numerous areas of a subject or have a mathematics group, a reading group, etc. A topic is a project or a method to obtain video responses to concerns you might posture.

What methods have I used Flip in my classroom?
Prior to the pandemic I at first utilized Flip for students to tape-record their independent reading ideas. Doing this was a wonderful addition to my classroom practice as it provided my most distressed (or shy) trainees an imaginative way to share their thinking.
I likewise utilized it as an enrichment or intervention tool in math, permitting me to use ways for my trainees who wished to be an “assistant teacher” to produce tutorials on various ideas that we might show our groups.
The videos were fantastic as students shared their mathematical thinking, provided numerous methods to resolve issues, how to apply a particular mathematics home, utilizing the Order of Operations, and so on. In turn, these videos ended up being another way for having a hard time trainees to find out from a peer. My preferred “awesome result” of this practice was when a struggling student had an “ah ha” moment and after that asked to do their own “tutorial” to show their knowing.
Throughout the pandemic, I likewise found that posting topics with an important question and requesting trainees to respond was a terrific method to engage my students and have “classroom learning” discussions.

Youll discover an “Educator Toolkit Page” that offers a downloadable step-by-step guide, age-specific remote learning resources and a downloadable “Flip How to Guide” to share with trainees and families.
I tape-recorded a video that included a fast review of the crucial concepts from the lesson, and then I asked students to discuss their learning (by means of Flip) and to let me know if they had any questions.
Flip offers a range of video recording times varying from 15 seconds up to 10 minutes. Ive only touched upon a few of the ways Flip can be used in the class. Im sure you too will flip over Flip.

Kathleen Palmieri is a National Board Certified Teacher and NBCT Professional Learning facilitator. She is a fifth grade teacher in upstate New York who evaluates and composes frequently for MiddleWeb. As a lifelong learner, Kathie is an avid reader and scientist of instructional practices and strategies. She teams up with coworkers and worldwide on Twitter @Kathie_Palmieri and writes about her education experiences at

Trainee feedback: One of my new Flip discoveries
Early in this school year I d been trying to think about manner ins which I could get my math trainees to open more about the daily lesson or share how they are feeling about their progress.
For a long time I have actually utilized Google Forms to produce a mathematics Exit Ticket, which is fine, but I just felt I wasnt getting the best “read” from a few of my students. Recently I started to develop a “subject”– an assignment under my math Flip group– to utilize after the days lesson. I recorded a video that consisted of a quick evaluation of the essential concepts from the lesson, and after that I asked trainees to discuss their learning (through Flip) and to let me understand if they had any concerns.
Many students reacted with such in-depth ideas and genuine feelings that I have been able to truly identify areas of need and build some actually excellent mathematics groups based upon this feedback. By the way, the groups are not based upon capability level, however by the concerns students shared!

Some crucial Flip suggestions
Make certain you carefully comprehend all the settings. Here are a couple of crucial tips that Ive gained from trial and error:
► The “Video Moderation” setting is important– its the one you need to set to remain on top of the material trainees might send. When you post a new topic, set the “Video Moderation” to on. This indicates that any video that is uploaded should be seen by you first and will not post until you make that decision.
► I always keep this setting on for things such as video action Exit Tickets or a social emotional check in. When you may want to moderate for material and then cut it off so all students will be able to view and reply to each others reactions, there are times. A book talk is one example. This enables trainees to communicate and provide their thoughts and concepts or ask concerns.
► Be sure to let students understand which videos will be open to all and which are just for you. Since they understand whos listening, this assists ensure they feel safe.
Flip uses a range of video recording times ranging from 15 seconds up to 10 minutes. If you allow your reaction time to be 10 minutes, that might possibly be a lot of time youll be spending viewing student videos.
Consider making Flip part of your teaching toolkit
While I know there are many other video-type tools to use, one consideration should be security. Flip offers a safe and safe and secure platform (backed by Microsoft) that adheres to numerous district agreements.
Ive just touched upon a few of the methods Flip can be used in the classroom. I motivate you to click on the links Ive offered above (heres the educator toolkit)if youve not tried Flip. If you are somebody who used Flipgrid in the past but havent used it in a while, review this freshly relabelled and upgraded free video tool. Im sure you too will flip over Flip.

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