In addition to those Google extensions which Alec showed us through the class sessions, I think, considering my context as an ESL teacher, “flipgrid” really has the wow factor. If you’ve ever used Google Classroom, it’s a similar concept except in flipgrid, you utilize videos to facilitate the interaction between the students and teachers.
I was struggling with how to efficiently organize my English speaking class while the classroom delivery was limited in only 90 minutes. In order to train my students to speak English in a logic way, I usually design an oral topic within a spreadsheet in which the relevant collocations and rough train of thoughts are included.
As you can see from the image above, the diagram logically leads the students to complete an oral topic by using some simple sentence structures as well as collocations. However, in the limited time, teachers need to explain new words and inspire students to recall existing knowledge, such as finding appropriate sentence patterns. And in the following session, students are expected to be given enough time to digest the new knowledge (in groups to transfer the information of the chart into a complete talk. However, when the first two activities are completed, there is no time for the teacher to observe whether the students can express this spoken topic in English fluently (class presentation). In addition, it is common that students are unwilling or feel embarrassed to express ideas in English confidently in front of other students, not to mention to stumbling on that newly acquired knowledge.
When Flipgrid was introduced in our class sessions at the beginning of this term, I was surprised to find that the problem I had encountered in teaching would be solved effectively. Which is to say, I could use this program to blend my classroom, so that the online learning elements could be integrated into my feature teaching practice.
Flipgrid allows students to present what they learnt in class in a way they are more engaged, —-social media. Students record their own short video over and over again until they think it is perfect.
What an effective English learning process to enhance their English proficiency.
The recorded short video will be uploaded to the class grid, and students can interact under the topic in the form of the video to further discuss the questions raised by the teacher. In Flipgrid, video’s release, share, and exchange are all conducted in the classroom grid, where teachers can set passwords and share them with their students. Video content cannot be disseminated outside the classroom, and these features, beyond the social nature of Flipgrid itself, guarantee to some extent the privacy required by the education. Unlike collecting the video assignments via Email, Flipgris allows teachers to integrate all video into one grid, and customize your rubric of performance and grade on how you think their video was.
I could foresee my students would be intoxicatingly engaged themselves with those online learning apps, particularly like flipgrid which combines some features of social media. as the digital native, they regard the internet environment as the comfort zone, which means they are more willing to be involved in online and blended learning. Many of them prefer to give online comments instead of in person, as what they do in social media. Online learning platform provides them with a familiar community in terms of learning in which they share and being be inspired.
As Nataly Mouse wrote in her post: I can feel the sense of the community support from my classmates.
Either an online learning context or a blended learning environment as well as a brick and mortar, as long as they could be well facilitated by appropriated tools and matched teaching strategies, They all are effective teaching and learning mode.