Recently, I worked with a teacher who had to be out on a day where students were scheduled to give class presentations. Instead of wasting a day, we decided to have students screencast their presentations and then post their videos to Flipgrid. In doing so, students were able to present to the full class (each group posted their finalized video to Flipgrid for the whole class to watch).
The benefit of using Flipgrid over other sharing options is that it eliminates the need for the teachers to be in charge of uploading or downloading large video files and instead allows each student to be responsible for posting their own video to a shared grid. To view projects, students simply click on the Flipgrid and there is no need to open up the video in a separate program or navigate to another website. Additionally, when the teacher watches the videos, she can leave students feedback on their work directly in Flipgrid. And she can ask the students to interact with or respond to their classmates directly through Flipgrid using the reply option.
We have a site license for WeVideo at my school, so this was an easy tool to use for students to create screencasts from their laptop. Since students had never done an activity like this before, we provided a couple of tutorials —
This project was a quick and easy way to have students present on a day when the teacher was absent. But the idea could also be used in a scenario where a teacher wanted to free up space for class discussions about projects by offloading the presentation to videos that students watched ahead of time. Or for a snow day at the end of the trimester (which has been a struggle in the past!). There are so many other possible use cases…
My main goal in writing this post, though, was to share the tutorials that we used in case they are helpful in your classes or to the teachers you work with. I hope they are!