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Here to stay! My favourite teaching apps and websites: Flipgrid

As promised, I am starting a series of posts about apps and websites I've grown to love during online teaching; apps and websites which I am definitely going to continue using once this craziness is over and we're back in our classrooms. Today's hero:

Flipgrid is both a website and an app and you use it to create and share videos ... I mean ... not you ... your students 馃槄 It's made specifically for educational purposes, so you can be sure that your students' data and videos they create are safe and protected.

My students love Flipgrid! I kid you not, I had kids begging me for more assignments! It also got the highest possible praise a thing can get from a teenager: "It's like TikTok but for school!" 馃槀

As a teacher, you create an account on their website: using the "Educator sign up" button. Once your account is all set up you can start creating groups/classes. Flipgrid will assign a join code for each group. You can decide to give the code to students and make them sign up like that OR you can add their school emails and send out invitations to specific groups OR you can create their accounts by adding their names and assigning usernames.

Once your group is ready, you can start creating your topics. This is what one of my groups looks like:

In the photo you can see the top of the page and in the video you can see all the topics. I chose to show it to you as a video so you can see all the moving GIF covers for each topic 馃槃 I'm an avid GIF enthusiast so I appreciate this option A LOT!

In each topic you can add a description of the task you want your kids to do, you can add links if you want them to watch or read something before they do their task. You get to choose many options like, whether or not you want to moderate the topic; whether or not you want your kids to comment on each other's videos; how long you want their videos to be; what sort of feedback you'll be able to give once they submit their videos; and many more.

Once your topic is good and ready your kids access it from their Flipgrip phone app. In the app they press the "Add response" button and start recording! They can record short videos and edit them into one longer video; they can add drawings and whiteboards; they can choose to turn off the camera and only record the sound; they can upload something from their phones. Once their video is finished, they press "submit" and make their video visible to everyone in the group. If you chose to moderate the topic you'll have to accept the video first from your teacher dashboard.