Age-Specific Ideas for Remote Learning with Flip

In what ways do you best use Flip for remote learning?

We asked several educator friends, each for a specific age group, for their Top Five most-used remote learning tips to share with you. When applicable, each idea links to an existing Topic in our Discovery Library.

Share your ideas with us, too, by adding your own Topic to the Discovery Library or sharing on social using #FlipForAll. And, thank you to each of these educators for participating!

K-6

Ideas submitted by Joe + Kristin Merrill.

  1. Two Truths and a Lie: This activity is great for getting to know students on the first day of school. Whether in person or learning from home, students share statements about themselves for the class to respond to and guess which statement is not true.

  2. All About Me: Get students comfortable with all the fun and engaging tools in the Flip platform by creating an All About Me video introduction! They can explore emojis, stickers and fonts to surround themselves with fun facts about who they are.

  3. Staff Introductions: Introduce educators and staff to the community through virtual introductions. You can even embed this into your school webpage or share the secure link with families via email. 

  4. Virtual Playground: Students at home for remote learning? No worries! They can still share their fun stories and ideas during “recess” through a simple Flip Topic. Give students a space to share random and fun (non academic!) things with one another. Tip! It might be good to Moderate your Topic and preview first. 

  5. Sticker Manipulatives: Using emojis or stickers in the Flip camera, try "stacking" by adding duplicates on your recording screen to create quick and engaging visuals for various math lessons. Check out this example! 

Middle School

Ideas submitted by Karalee Nakatsuka.

  1. Mindfulness: As your learning community sets goals for the year, have students reflect on them. Share last year’s student reflections with this year’s students. Use the videos to help inform this year’s students what their year might look like. This helps them anticipate what they’ll need to enjoy the year and be successful. This can help empower students with mindfulness and reflective practices.

  2. Introductions: Start the school year with introductions of each student and staff, and introduce your workspace, too.

  3. Advisories: Educators meet the needs of middle school students with advisories to build a sense of community and to ensure success academically and socially. Educators can leverage Flip to check in with students on their progress, give feedback and suggestions for improvement and celebrate achievements. 

  4. Literature Circles and Book Reviews: As students read and reflect on a piece of literature or engage in community discussions, provide opportunities for them to share their own book recommendations as well as watch their classmates' book reviews. Tip! Extend the discussion by enabling Student-to-Student Replies on the Topic!

  5. Lab Stations: Lab stations are inquiry-based, student-centered lessons to explore and learn new concepts. Lab stations with Flip allow the educator to “clone” themselves or provide videos and resources to explore prior to direct instruction.

  6. BONUS! Use X to collaborate and share ideas about Flip: The loneliest place is a classroom with a closed door, right? But if we choose to collaborate and see collaboration not as something that is fearful or taking away our agency but as something that is additive, then that’s awesome! Ask questions, share resources and find new ways to evolve.

High School

Ideas submitted by Yaritza Villalba.

  1. Help Center: Create a private place for students to pose questions, how-to videos, comments, and supportive feedback.

  2. Peer-to-Peer Feedback: Flip is a wonderful collaborative tool where students can give actionable feedback to one another through the use of videos or text with the comment and/or video replies.

  3. Promote SEL: Create activities that promote a sense of community, like videos asking students to think about their strengths and how those strengths can be used to support the virtual classroom environment. 

  4. Enhance Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Give students the opportunity to integrate other applications they may have grown accustomed to using, like TikTok, Google Slides or Adobe Spark, to create content-based projects and videos that can be shared with parents. 

  5. Connect with Parents: Use Flip as a parent engagement tool by introducing families to the similarities in techniques used every day (like taking photos, creating videos or texting) with techniques their child needs to know for virtual learning and the 21st century workforce. Get creative with uploading videos and documents, using the effects availalable in the Flip camera (ex: lens, stickers, create mode or audio only, etc) when you are feeling shy or AppSmash and integrate other platforms with Flip.

Higher Education

Ideas submitted by Ramesh Laungani.

  1. Document Research Papers: Create video summaries that highlight data, allow students to submit an elevator pitch for a research project, or introduce an area of research they will be focusing on.

  2. Interview Practice: Host practice runs for both graduate school or workforce interviews.

  3. Office Hours: Create a Flip Topic where you host virtual Office Hours. This is where students can connect privately or reach out with questions. Tip: Turn ON Notifications so you can provide a timely response and use Video Moderation to keep student videos confidential.

  4. Mixtapes: Assess or document growth over time by curating a Mixtape through Flip on a specific content area or unit of study. Learn more about Mixtapes here!

  5. Extend Lectures: Offer materials, supports, or additional resources so students can further interpret data or revisit lecture content.

  6. Bonus! 24 Ideas in 24 Hours

Coaches

  1. Educator-to-Educator Support and Feedback: Create a moderated Group so educators can screen-share for technical assistance, ask for instructional tech support and receive feedback in a safe space. Submitted by Knikole Taylor and Jennifer Hall.

  2. Videos and Screen Recording: Record a lesson, a quick note or an inspiring video using the Flip Camera. Or, use the screen recording feature to record your students’ thought processes while they are completing an assignment. Let them walk you through their learning! And, lastly, create a moderated Topic for students to share personal matters that are not content-related. Let your students share their silly and what they like to do! Submitted by Manny Curiel.

  3. Virtual Comment Cards: Use Flip for virtual comment cards. If a student wants or needs to talk, they can post a video response sharing their comments on a Topic that is moderated by the teacher. The teacher can follow up with the student. The students are able to have a personal conversation with their teacher, remotely. Talk about keeping the bond connected! It works beautifully. Submitted by Nyree Clark.

  4. Staff and Community Connections: During our first go-around with emergency remote learning, we used Flip as a space to build community, share ideas and let others know they can lean on me and each other. In a Group called Wins, Fails, and Blazing Trails, we celebrated each others’ big and small wins, we shared challenges and encouraged each other when things did not go as planned, and we shared the goals we were working toward and the new risks we were taking to grow as professionals. Submitted by Michael Drezek.

  5. Reflections and Goal Setting for Students: Help your educator community utilize Flip for student reflection and goal setting. Video responses can easily be shared with families, used during virtual conferences, or provide a space for a student to share their successes and areas they wish to grow. Explore this Wakelet Collection with ideas from the #FlipForAll community for more ideas!


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