Social Learning, 21st Century Skills, & Mobile Computers – App Review
Name of App: Flipgrid
Reviewed By: Hannah Lockard
Details: Flipgrid Inc. – Version 5.0 Updated February 6, 2017
Cost: Free (Can subscribe for more advance features)
Review: Flipgrid is an active, social learning platform that engages learners through video-based discussion. The app also extends into the web-based environment and creates new opportunities for discussion, demonstration and collaboration in a digital medium. Users create 90 second video clips on specific topics and post them to a created “grid” about that topic. Most “grids” have specific access codes that allow users to participate in that discussion topic. If you don’t have a code, you can’t enter the app. It’s extremely easy to use. I recently used Flipgrid to facilitate a class discussion with my 8th grade students. They used my access code to log into the grid and recorded a response to our discussion prompt. I can view and approve each video post and then they were all shared in the grid. Flipgrid allows for “likes” and video comments/responses to posts as well. I had students post their original response, view their classmate’s responses and then choose one classmate to respond to! They were hesitant at first because they felt vulnerable putting themselves out there (which I found funny considering how much they post about themselves on social apps like Snapchat and Instagram) but once they got started they had a good time with it. I noticed students downloaded and participated in our discussion outside of my classroom as well. I think Flipgrid provides an opportunity to bridge the gap between formal and informal learning. The app is free so students can participate using their personal devices allowing the conversation to extend beyond the classroom.