Flip ’em with Flipgrid in speaking exercises

Today we’re going to look at how to flip a speaking activity.  And why do this?  For one thing, it gives students more time.  They can speak at home without distraction.  And if they want to repeat again, they can.

Another good reason is that you can place your full attention on each students’ performance. It’s easier for you to take notes and think about suggestions.  OK, you can’t correct on the spot, but research shows correction on the spot isn’t as helpful as we’d like to think.

And, last but not least, you can’t be 2 places at once!  You can’t be maintaining discipline in one corner of the room and doing an individual speaking task in another.  And although I believe the idea that other students could benefit from listening to other, we know that this is often not the case.

So, let’s see how we can do this.  Let’s visit flipgrid.com

I already have an account made and signing up for that is quite easy.  You sign up your account, then create a new “grid”

Here is the Flipgrid for my Soar task.  Feel free to record your answers.  I have chosen to be “moderator” so your videos won’t be public until I have approved them.

Let’s take a look at how it works.  Basically, the task here is to look at the worksheet we made in previous Shawn’s Corner and to narrate it on an online platform.  Students narrate and the teacher can review the videos outside of classtime and give feedback using Flipgrid.  You’ll see some examples and also learn how to set up a Flipgrid speaking task.  You can put up videos, visuals and links for your students to look at.  They can give their response from the comfort of their homes.

If you’d like to watch the video on Facebook, click here.

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