The following post is written by Flip Educator Innovation Lead Jess Boyce and inspired by discussions with Katie Toppel and Sarah Said, creators of the #Flip4ELs Twitter Chat.
A few months ago we started seeing educators use the hashtag #Flip4ELs as they tweeted how they were using Flip to help English Learners share their voice. What started as a Twitter chat quickly became a movement. Creators Katie Toppel and Sarah Said sparked an important conversation: how can we as educators do more to empower our English language learners?
Note: Now that we change our name to Flip, make sure to check out #Flip4ELs as well, as new social content may use this too!
Here are some ideas from Katie, Sarah, and the inspiring #Flipgrid4ELs and #Flip4ELs community!
😎Boost Confidence: Speaking aloud in the classroom can be intimidating for ELs. Flip provides a space for students to share their thoughts and ideas without feeling as if all eyes are on them dissecting mistakes.
⌚Allow for Wait Time and Repetition: Students can practice without penalty - they have the opportunity to think through responses and come up with a plan before recording. They can record as many times as they want until they are satisfied with their pronunciation and the points they are working to get across.
📝Test Preparation: Many language exams take place on computers. Flip allows students to practice in ways that mimic these exams. Set the Video Response Length to reflect the length of time students have to record on the exam. BONUS: Check out the handbook put together by educator Lydia Croupe on using Flip to assist in preparing students for the TELPAS Exam.
🗣 Practice Speaking and Listening Skills: Students can use the Student-to-Student Replies feature to respond to one another, giving them additional conversational practice. Use Mix Tapes to curate a student portfolio, allowing students to see their oral language growth over time.
👨👨👧👧 Increase Family Engagement: Guest Mode is a super simple way for families to hop into a Flip Topic and view/reply to their scholars! Families can record at home together, bridging the gap and potential language barrier between home and school. BONUS: families that speak a different primary language can use Immersive Reader to translate content!
🌍 Connect with Students Worldwide using #GridPals: Flatten the walls of your classroom and increase global empathy with GridPals! Students will make connections, converse with peers in another city/state/country, and broaden their perspectives! What a great way to enrich the learning experience of ALL your students.
Explore these launch-ready Discovery Library Topics and find new ways to empower every voice in your learning community!
🔎Native Speaker Sound Bites - Luis Oliviera
🔎Better Conversation - Margaret Echemendia
🔎Which & Why - Kathi Kerzsnowski
🔎TELPAS Practice 1 -Genevieve Forosisky
🔎Speaking Activity #2 - Vivian Mijares
🔎Prepare Yourself for an interview - Anamika Jha
If you have other mic drop ideas for implementing Flip in the classroom, especially with EL students, we would love to hear them. Share on Twitter using #FlipForAll or #FlipForAll and #Flip4ELs or #Flip4ELs! And if you want to learn more about Katie and Sarah’s Twitter chat, check out their blog post here. See you on the grid! 🚀
PS: Keep scrolling to check out some of the amazing ways the #Flipgrid4ELs and #Flip4ELs community is empowering their learners. Also check out this epic Sketchnote from the incredible Omar Lopez!