03-20-2018 01:58 PM - edited 03-20-2018 02:12 PM
I'm not sure if Corinne posted this previously or not, but it was just too cool NOT to share again! She showed this to us last week in Long Beach and I used it in my Intro to Computing class today as we talked about Internet Technologies and Resources. They all shared something new and interesting from the reading and posted to FLIPGRID. What a fun way to share thoughts with each other: Flipgrid website
03-20-2018 02:28 PM
I've been hearing a lot of talk in higher ed about Flipgrid. You got me digging into YouTube for a few tutorials. I see that while Flipgrid is used a lot in k-12, it was originally developed for teaching and learning in higher ed.
Here's one of the videos I found particularly useful:
Going to have to use this in my next class. Cool tool.
03-20-2018 02:48 PM
While I very much like this idea, I don't think it would work where I'm teaching. We already have mandatory discussions in Canvas that I have a hard enough time getting them to do, even though they are part of the grades. If the Curriculum folks would allow me to use this instead of the current system, it might spark some more use, but I think it might pit my older students against my younger students, with the older ones being much less likely to put their faces and videos on the Internet and thus suffering in the grades.
03-21-2018 09:20 AM
@michael_britt, I have a student who is in his 60s. He has serious reservations about putting anything even remotely personal on the Internet because of all the news he has seen over the years about data compromises and illicit use of personal data. He's perfectly happy to work in IT, but he doesn't want himself to be a part of the data sets.
I have another student in his 50s who is very skeptical of these things. The Facebook/Cambridge scandal has reinforced concerns about social media and data privacy. Yes, I know that Flipgrid is not like Facebook or Twitter, but it is close enough to cause concerns in those who are not digital natives.
03-21-2018 01:24 PM
I am not sure if I would use this as we already have the resources in blackboard. I use wikis and they can upload videos and other pertinent information. Students are separated into groups for the wikis. However, I can also create a wiki or blog with all students in the class.
03-21-2018 09:24 AM
03-21-2018 12:40 PM
What I'm curious about is what kinds of questions might you use Flipgrid for other than asking students to introduce themselves. I suppose you could ask them their opinions about a video you showed (or posted) in class, what their thoughts are about an article or piece of research they were required to read. That sort of thing...any other unique uses for flipgrid?
03-21-2018 12:48 PM
@michael_britt, were I to be allowed to implement it, I would ask things like "What software applications are included in Microsoft Office?" and "How will you use them as a student and/or an employee in your future career?" Basically, I would try to get them to say what I have previously been getting them to type.
03-21-2018 01:11 PM
It could be used in a "show & tell" format. I could, for example, ask the students to show me the difference between T568A and T568B termination, or to show they can identify the difference between a Console Port and an Access Port on a Cisco router or switch.
In Physics and Electronics, an instructor could ask the students to demonstrate the Right-Hand Rule and/or the Left-Hand Rule. When I taught High School Physics, the students' verbal skills were so poor that even if they could write exactly what they were saying (which they could not) they were always much more successful communicating visually.
Since I was in no position to fix the bad teaching of the previous decade or so, I simply had to adapt to that which was available. People who lack the basic skills by that age will need another way to express themselves, as they have been "dumbed down" by the chatspeak we use to squeeze everything into a Tweet and the issue of using Snapchat and such instead of proper communication.
03-30-2018 12:13 PM
I'm known for always trying new stuff - in fact I like to think that my students enjoy this. SO I'm going to give this a go! I've just started a new online course (on quarter system) and for a part of it I'll be in Europe so wouldn't that be a hoot to have them see the Eiffel Tower in the background?!