WHAT IS FLIPGRID & HOW CAN I USE IT?
What is Flipgrid?
Flipgrid is a video platform that allows students to quickly and easily record a video response to a question or topic that you pose. Flipgrid is totally free to use and works on any device.
The step-by-step process is:
- Start by setting up your free Flipgrid account
- Create a grid (this is a broader category or project. It could even be one of your classes)
- Create a topic on your grid (ie. “Introduce yourself” or “Tell me your favourite performer and share one fact about them”) and add some instructions
- Once you’ve set up a topic, share the link with your students
- Students will visit your topic, look at the instructions and then record their video response
If you need more detailed instructions, take a look at the links in the “More Useful Links” section below.
USING FLIPGRID IN MUSIC EDUCATION
20 Ways To Use Flipgrid
There a lots of ways that you could use Flipgrid in the music classroom. Here are some suggestions:
- Listening diary responses – describe the piece you listened to, one thing you liked and one thing you didn’t like
- Perform a rhythmic exercise
- Sing a song you’ve been working on
- 4-week transformation: students submit a video of the first time they play a piece and then another after 4 weeks of practice (the second video can submitted as a Reply/Comment on the first)
- Record a cover version or parody of a song
- Play a scale/drill
- Show us how to assemble and/or tune your instrument
- Teach someone how to record with a microphone
- Compare two versions of the same song
- Record a dance routine
- Perform the basic rock drum pattern using body percussion
- Submit a Recorder Karate piece for assessment
- Submit a Rainbow Ukulele piece for assessment
- Share a concert review
- Describe an orchestral instrument – how it makes sound, what it’s made of, which family it belongs to
- Describe a family of instruments – brass, woodwind, strings, percussion and so on
- Invite a guest to share some expert tips
- Ask students to share an expert tip (like a playing technique, a computer shortcut, or a time-saving activity)
- Create a musical #fliphunt (a video-based scavenger hunt)
- Share a “musical me” fact – your first concert experience, the song that gets you up dancing, your favourite artist, the instrument/s you play
MORE USEFUL LINKS
Flipgrid official resources
- Flipgrid website
- Flipgrid educator resources page
- Educator’s Guide To Flipgrid (direct download link)
- Types of grids explained (privacy/access)
Tutorials on Youtube
- Richard Byrne – How to Use Flipgrid – From Sign-up to Video Sharing
- Technology For Teachers and Students – Flipgrid 2018 – Creating Video Assignments
- Abbey Thomas – Flipgrid Instructions for Students
- Teacher’s Tech (older)
- There are lots of others – just search “Flipgrid” on Youtube
Flipgrid ideas from teachers
- Kathy Kerszi – What’s a Fliphunt?
- Skeletal System Fliphunt example (could adapt for body percussion and vocal sounds or parts of an instrument)
- Geometry Fliphunt example
- Theresa Ducassoux – Using Flipgrid In Instrumental Music
- Emily’s Kodaly Music – Flipgrid Fever: Using Flipgrid In Music
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Hello! I’m Katie Wardrobe – an Australian music technology trainer and consultant with a passion for helping music teachers through my business Midnight Music.
I’m a qualified teacher but no, I don’t currently teach in a school. I help teachers through my online professional development space – the Midnight Music Community – where there are tutorial videos, courses, links and downloadable resources.
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