FlipGrid: Amplifying Student Voice and Providing Professional Learning
Abstract: Although FlipGrid entered the educational scene in 2015, it recently gained new attention when Microsoft acquired it and opened the platform for free to educators. FlipGrid is a video-based response platform that allows educators to create prompts for students to reply to through short videos. However, FlipGrid is not just confined to the classroom, it can be used as a communication tool for parents and as a support for professional learning. However, there is limited research on how educators have adopted this technology. This study sought to understand how educators at all levels used FlipGrid in the classroom and for their own professional learning. A 25-question survey was distributed through the #FlipGridFever Twitter hashtag from September 2017 to April 2018 and included forced-choice, Likert-style, and opened ended questions and included demographic information and specific questions about the educators’ use of FlipGrid in the classroom and for professional learning. As a tool to increase student voice, provide multimedia methods of formative assessment, and connect with other educators and classrooms, FlipGrid has shown itself to have many affordances for the participants of this study. The video-based platform allows users to articulate their thinking through oral language and visuals with the intent of a broader audience, which makes it especially useful for ELLs and performance-based activities. FlipGrid will continue to evolve, as will our understanding of it.