Published October 26, 2022
Flip is fun, free, and frequently used with other classroom tools to level-up student engagement. Learn more about our video discussion app and growing learning community.
We love the innovative spirit of educators and the brilliant ways you combine edtech tools to meet the unique needs of your learners. Whatever the objective, across subjects and ages, you constantly show us, “if you can think it, you can Flip it!” In this spirit, we were delighted when our friends at Duolingo for Schools reached out to share the transformative power of using Flip in conjunction with Duolingo to strengthen language learning.
Check out these tips and strategies educators use in their classrooms.
Empower shy learners to practice their speaking skills.
I love Flip because it allows equity of voice for my language learners. Flip empowers my students to confidently practice their language skills on their terms, at their speed, and with their identity honored. Not all children learn in the same way, and Flip is one of the tools I use to help each of my students shine in the best way they can.
Orlando Gifted Academy
Host asynchronous conversations in the target language.
I use Flip for asynchronous conversations in the target language. Students post a video and use the reply feature to continue the conversation with each other.
Livingston Public Schools
Encourage metacognition as learners reflect on their growth.
I use Flip for speaking practice for my students at home. Many of my students are very shy about speaking French in class. When I assign a Flip, they know that their recordings are for my eyes only and this really helps them get comfortable with speaking. We make a portfolio of all of their speaking assignments over the entire year and they love to watch their own progress.
Northside High School
Deepen your relationships with your language learners.
I use Flip to get to know my students throughout the semester and this starts before they even walk in the door! I ask them to record a very short introductory Flip so I can learn their names and one unique or interesting thing about them. This way I can pronounce their names correctly and start learning who’s who! Over the course of the semester, they create several more Flips, all with the goal of using Spanish to express our unique personalities and get acquainted with one another.
Embrace social learning, enabling students to grow with peer feedback.
I love using Flip as a way to build my student’s confidence in their Spanish-speaking abilities while also allowing them to show their creative side through the use of filters and stickers. Additionally, I enjoy it when my students can watch each other’s videos and record feedback for their peers. It was a great tool to create community at the height of COVID that still works wonders now!
The Ellis School
Assess learners’ unique needs to meet them where they’re at.
I use Flip in various ways in our language classroom, from getting-to-know-you introductions, creating mock weather forecasts, and group interactions, to using it as a platform for assessments. It’s also a great way to challenge stronger students or native speakers in the class by producing podcasts for other students to use as listening practice.
Takapuna Grammar School
Create virtual student exchange programs.
I love using Flip to facilitate my students connecting with other students abroad! It has introduced my students to colleagues from a variety of countries, like Turkey, Argentina, and the Philippines.
Facilitate engagement with authentic resources.
Flip helps give a voice to learners from all over the world while building classroom knowledge supported by real-life experiences. My multilingual learners listen to ideas from different parts of the world, reflect on their personal learning journeys, and provide feedback to each other through one easy-to-use, accessible, and reliable application.
Host fun and engaging anticipatory activities to get students speaking.
I use Flip on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as a warmup. I ask my students a question, and they have to respond to it as best as they can in a video. It helps the students practice speaking while also giving them more experience with a quasi-public audience.
Lake Forest High School
How do you use Flip with Duolingo for Schools?
Share (and discover) even more ideas on social with the hashtags #DuolingoForSchools, #ThinkItFlipIt, and join the Microsoft Flip and Duolingo for Schools Facebook Groups!
Big thanks to the educators who shared their tips and tactics for helping their students learn and grow. If you’d like to connect with them or ask them questions, reach out to them on Twitter!
Christina Cuomo, Orlando Gifted Academy
Lisa LeBlanc, Livingston Public Schools
Charla Lorenzen, Elizabethtown College
Petra Kent, Takapuna Grammar School
Gitte Duus, Stenhus Kostskole
Narda Holguin, Pinkerton Elementary