Flipgrid is a free video discussion website. Educators may create a topic, include a prompt, and then share it with their class. Students may then record and share short videos with the teacher and the class.
Flipgrid would be helpful to use as a quick response and discussion tool in the classroom. When given a topic and a prompt, students may record a video or audio recording, which may be then shared with their classmates. Their classmates have the option to comment on the videos, prompting further discussion.
SWBAT think and communicate critically what they feel is the most interesting aspect about the Incas.
Grade 7: World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times
7.7. Students compare and contrast the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Meso-American and Andean civilizations
4. Describe the artistic and oral traditions and architecture in the three civilizations.
In this lesson, students log into Flipgrid and are provided with some questions and directed to watch a video with information about the subject matter. In this case, after watching the video about the Incas, students are asked to reflect on what they found to be the most interesting about the Incas and to choose one of the sections (Architecture, Machu Picchu, Daily Life, or Art) and discuss what they have learned. Students are asked to create a video response in Flipgrid with their answer.
Once the video is approved by the teacher, the student video will be visible to the class. Their classmates then have the opportunity to post feedback on their peers' videos. As part of the assignment, students are asked to comment on at least one of their peer's video responses for full credit.
Here is the link to the lesson I created: https://flipgrid.com/c9937798
Students have the option to enable the immersive reader within Flipgrid. What this does is it shows a new screen where students can see the text for the topic and prompt from the teacher, while following a text-to-speech feature that reads the information to them. This text to speech or "read aloud" feature would be helpful not only to those students who may have disabilities but to all students.
Students who are visually impaired may increase the size of the font to enable easier reading while also listening to the audio read-a-long.
English Language Learner students may enable the translate feature to translate while also listening to the audio read-a-long in their preferred language.
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