“Flipgrid is simple yet powerful. Educators create grids with topics and students respond with recorded videos to discuss, reflect, and share via webcam, tablet, or mobile device. ”
Although Flipgrid is not free, it is affordable–teachers pay as little as $0.22 per student or $65 a year for unlimited students per teacher. With Flipgrid you can create discussion style questions that students respond to through video. It allows for you to easily provide students with an authentic audience. Students can receive “likes,” and the videos can easily be shared to social media, or by a web link.
- Usability: The flipgrid platform is intuitive and easy to learn. I signed up for a trial and within a few minutes I had already created a sample grid and posted discussion topics. Teachers can easily add articles, websites, photos, videos, links and any other web content or uploaded content to share with the users/students. As for students, replying to a topic is as simple as opening the app on your phone, using a computer webcam, or writing a response. The teacher and students can then easily submit written or video feedback as well. The teacher has a dashboard that shows all responses and can provide public or private feedback and grading.
- Motivation: Teachers will find flipgrid to be a new way to engage students in a more personal way. By using video instead of written responses, teachers and students are able to connect on a different level. I would find this very useful for multimedia projects. Posting a project as a grid with all the needed info and tutorial websites, and for my topic, posting the actual assignment as the topic. Students could easily present their video’s, photos, etc through flipgrid. I would be able to give feedback via video which would be easier and quicker than typing it all out in a forum. I think students would enjoy using flipgrid as responses. It feels a bit less formal, and easier to get your point or answer across via a video.
- Pros: What are the benefits of using this app? (for teachers? for students?)
- Works on web and mobile
- Simple sharing of videos
- More engaging feedback
- Privacy controls
- Easy to embed
- Simple grading
4.Cons: What are the downsides or limitations of using this app?
- Though cheap it can be cost prohibitive if schools are not willing to pay for it.
- Good web access is needed.
- While most have smartphones and computers, some people do not.
Google Forms + Flubaroo
Google forms lets you easily create suveys/quizes/assessments with all types of multimedia options, and a simple way to collect data and stay organized.
Flubaroo is a free tool that helps you quickly grade multiple-choice or fill-in-blank assignments that have been on Google Forms or Google Sheets.
If you use Google tools, you can use Flubaroo to create simple and quick quizzes and tests, and have them graded right inside of Google Apps. Flubaroo is a Google sheets add-on that grades quizzes simply, scores them and publishes them to a spreadsheet.
- Usability: Google Forms are multiple-choice style surveys that you can share with anyone (e.g. via email). Every time someone fills out the form, their responses are placed as a new row in an accompanying spreadsheet. Forms is one of the easiest of the assessment tools I have used, as it lets you choose the type of question you want to ask, then gives you the prompts to create that question. You can insert photos or videos as either answer options or as prompts for questions.
Flubaroo’s Add-on for Google Sheets automatically detects the information populated by the Google Forms assessment and quickly grades the answers. It lets you manipulate the data to grade in different ways. It also captures the students email so you can respond with feedback.
2. Motivation: For teachers, using the combination of Google Forms and Flubaroo is an easy choice. It speeds up the test giving process, and especially the grading portion. Students would enjoy the option to take a test from computer, mobile device, tablet and get the same experience across platforms.
3. Pros: What are the benefits of using this app? (for teachers? for students?)
- Quick and easy grading
- Both are completely free
- Computes average assignment score.
- Computes average score per question, and flags low-scoring questions.
- Shows you a grade distribution graph.
- Gives you the option to email each student their grade, and an answer key.
- Lets you send individualized feedback to each student.
4. Cons: What are the downsides or limitations of using this app?
- Have to use two platforms for full functionality
- Forms was not built specifically for education
- Must be tied into the Google ecosystem