Math teachers are always looking for ways to increase student engagement in their classrooms. Let’s just admit it, it’s very easy for math classes to be boring without some effort on the teacher’s part to build in inquiry, discovery, and some real-world applications. Adding in some form of interactive video can make even the most mundane math class more engaging for students, which is why we’re going to talk about how to use Flipgrid for math class.
What is Flipgrid?
First, let’s make sure you know exactly what it is before we talk about how to use Flipgrid for math class. Flipgrid is an online service that allows students and teachers to add video responses to a “grid”. Teachers can create multiple grids and students can respond with video recording directly in the Flipgrid app or site, or they can upload a video they recorded (and possibly even produced!) to respond to a given topic.
Flipgrid is easy to use for students. There’s no login necessary, just a grid code. The code is in the link to the grid, which makes life easier for everyone involved. Videos can be available instantly or teachers can choose to moderate responses before publicly available. You can even password protect your grids if you have privacy concerns.
How to Use Flipgrid for Math Class
Even if you’re just getting started with Flipgrid, you can easily integrate it into your math class. Let’s start with some basic integrations, then we’ll discuss some more advanced tasks for you and your math students to explore.
Class Introductions with a Math Spin
One of the first tasks many students complete with Flipgrid is a simple introduction. Teachers have students tell a little about themselves along with a favorite hobby or pastime. But for math class, you can take this idea a bit further. Have your students introduce themselves and then have them include a math component. Maybe they find some math example from their own lives. Maybe they talk about when they had a success in a previous math class. Or maybe they just share the struggles they’ve had in math in the past.
The idea here is to get your students used to sharing thoughts about math which is something I’m willing to bet most of them have never done. Face it, in most math classes students don’t have much input. They watch someone else solve problems and then the students complete worksheets. Every. Day.
Make your math class more interesting from day one for your students. Let them start doing the talking.
Create Solution Videos
Steer clear of those 40-problem worksheets. Get your students into deeper learning with math. Have them explain a problem using video. They can choose any type of video they want. Talking head, screen capture, animation, whatever. They get to choose how they communicate the solution to a problem. Encourage them to be creative.
Heck, have them make a music video!
Trust me, getting your students to do some real thinking about ONE problem that has a real-world application and giving them the opportunity to show their learning in their own way will reap FAR bigger rewards than completing a set of homework problems. These types of videos should become the norm for students demonstrating work in your classroom, not the exception.
Create Help Videos
Imagine you have a student that is struggling with a problem or concept (I’m sure you’ve never experienced before in your room!)
Rather than have them come to you for help, why not have them reach out to other students? I know some students will never ask a question during class. I was one of those kids. However, I’ve seen introverts be COMPLETELY different students once they get in front of a video camera.
Create a grid for your classes that allows students to add a video where they ask a question about a problem or concept. Now, have other students watch those videos and allow them to respond and help other students. One of the standards for math practice involves analyzing the work of others. If your students can take a look at someone else’s work or answer their questions, you’re getting some great math happening in the room!
Create Student-Generated Assessments
Why should you be the only person creating assessments? If you’re providing great instruction and kids are learning, THEY should be able to create assessments for others!
Have your students create questions for their classmates to answer. With Flipgrid’s response feature, you can view responses before posting them so you don’t have to worry about other students “copying” a response. And you can directly address any issues through comments to students.
Create My Favorite No Videos
My Favorite No is a technique I go to many times in my classroom. I look at student work and find a mistake that is often made and then ask students if they can spot it and how to fix it.
You can do this anonymously by only showing the work. This technique is incredibly powerful and allows students to see that 1) they might be the only one making this mistake and 2) they can learn enough about the topic to analyze someone else’s work.
Show the anonymous work in the first video uploaded to Flipgrid and then have students respond with their solutions. Again, be sure to moderate the responses and provide feedback as necessary.
If you’ve gained any value from this post or are adventuring into the use of Flipgrid for your class, I’d appreciate you sharing this post on all your social networks and with other teachers in your math PLCs and networks. We are better together than we ever are apart. Connecting and sharing is how we all grow for our students!
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