Using Flipgrid as an alternate means of formative assessment in your classroom

Students love using flipgrid to show what they know

Finding different ways to assess your students can be difficult but rewarding. While writing skills are important and something that needs to be consistently reviewed and worked on, speaking is also an important but overlooked skill.

How to incorporate Common Core standards using Flipgrid. 

Common Core standards require us to still look at listening and speaking when working in the area of English-language arts but these specific standards can be applied across curriculums rather than only fall on the hands of the English teacher.

One way to incorporate the speaking standards like:
  • Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  •  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

is by using Flipgrid.

What is Flipgrid?

        FlipGrid is a program that allows you to formatively assess student knowledge through the creation of student videos. You can pose a question to your students and have them answer it in the form of a video.

        Once you have created your question, written and/or in video form, you will be given a class code, QR code, or link to use to distribute the assignment to your class. I found it easiest to simply share the link in Google Classroom or Edmodo. Students click the link and create their video. Students do not have to sign in, create passwords or locate any login information. This method of distribution also ensures that only your students will be able to activate the grid.

Videos are easily created using a laptop, tablet, iPad, or smartphone. All that is needed is a working camera and microphone. Videos cannot be longer than 90 seconds (for the free account). While this may seem to be a short amount of time, it can seem like an eternity when answering a question.

 How can I use Flipgrid in my classroom?

The possibilities are endless. Here are some examples and I am sure as you are reading this, you can come up with a ton more.
  • Summarize reading a text or independent novel
  • Make predictions
  • To compare and contrast information, “Compare and contrast George Washington and Thomas Jefferson”.
  •  To demonstrate knowledge of a concept learned in class, “Tell me the difference between a chemical and physical change and list an example of each”.
  • To review vocabulary terms
  • Explain how to solve a math problem
  • Demonstrate how to play an instrument
Use Flipgrid as a formative assessment for your students

My students thoroughly enjoy using Flipgrid as a way to show off their knowledge. I think your kids will too. Have more questions? Write them below so I can help you out! 

Need more ideas of how to get your kids to participate more? Check out this blog post to help you: Amplifying Student Voice with Choice

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