6 Ways to Use Flip in PreK-8 Classrooms
Part 1 of a series featuring some of the many ways Flip can be used in any academic setting—from kindergarten to college. Find links to articles for high school and university tips below.
Published August 30, 2022
Our Flip community of educators has been our inspiration for over a decade. We continually strive to support you as you empower every learner’s voice in the classroom. So, we've gathered our in-house experts and educators to discuss ways to use our video discussion app in PreK through grade-8 classrooms.
In this post, we feature tips and inspiration to help educators engage with learners and help students share and express their unique selves.
PreK – Grade 2
Fluency and Phonics
Using Flip with your students enhances what you're teaching by inspiring them to have fun as they show what they’ve learned. As younger students learn and play with sounds to develop strategies for phonics, pre-reading skills, and reading fluency, they can use the Flip camera to make videos recording their practice and repetition to document their growth over time. Then, they can post their videos to a Flip topic for review. Inside Flip, powerful tools such as Microsoft's Immersive Reader help younger learners understand your topic prompt as they're learning to read. And camera effects like stickers and filters help them let their creativity shine as they share their voice!
Book Talks and Commercials
Talking about books has never been more fun or immersive. Bring reading to life with book talks, book commercials, and response to literature activities on Flip. Students can create Flip videos to talk about what they're reading, make connections to the text, explore story elements, and more, to help improve comprehension, develop fluency, and get excited about reading. They can also use creative effects like emojis and stickers to represent characters and settings or use the mic-only mode to create audiobook reviews and share them via FlipAR inside your classroom or school library.
Grades 3 – 5
When students reflect on what they've learned, they have a deeper understanding of it. Flip can help educators and students track their progress by creating daily or weekly Flip video reports. These videos can be posted within a personal student portfolio in a Flip Mixtape—which helps them track their learning and success—or to a Flip topic where educators can document progress over time and share with parents or guardians to celebrate their hard work all year.
Bring your next science fair to life with FlipAR to let everyone be part of the learning process. As part of their project, students can create Flip videos to record data and results and show their work and scientific findings. Then, submit their videos to a topic where educators can create and print QR codes to display on presentations for other students and parents to scan, watch and learn.
Grades 6 – 8
Current and Historical Events
Engage your History class like never before. Create a topic asking learners to predict a news story based on the headline alone. After their predictions, you can all read the news article, and together you can evaluate their predictions. You can then extend students’ comprehension by asking them to record a Flip video where they hypothesize the implications of this event. For historical events, you can create a topic to have students elaborate on a “what if?” scenario where a particular historical event hadn’t occurred. For example, what if César Chavez hadn't fought for the migrant farm workers’ rights?
Virtual Field Trips
Go on a virtual field trip with Flip! First, create a Flip group, then add topics from our partners in our Discovery Library, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, California State Parks, and Full Circle Everest. Students can engage with Flip topics in these collections and reflect on their learning. You can also create a group where you can connect your students with authors, artists, and community members from the comfort of the classroom. Create a topic where students can submit questions to your guests about their roles, ask for advice, and what their jobs are like. Then, have your guest record their responses and share them with the class.
How Will You Flip?
There are endless possibilities of how to use Flip in your classroom. We hope these ideas spark your imagination and help you and your students connect, engage, and get creative! For more inspiration and engaging ways to use Flip, check out these topic collections for grades PreK-2, 3-5, and 6-8 to use this school year.
Big thanks to some of our Educator Innovation Leads Ann Kozma, Andy Knueven, Fely García López, and Jess Boyce for sharing their expertise and ideas for using Flip in the classroom.
Read the Series
Find more inspiration in this series to engage your students and get creative with Flip!