How to Use Flipgrid in the Library

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Perhaps, you’ve already started using Flipgrid You’ve signed up, set up your grids, and made topics. Now that you have your Flipgrid account set up, it’s time to figure out how to best utilize Flipgrid as a librarian. Flipgrid has so many uses for your own Library classroom. Check out how to use Flipgrid in the library.

Book Talks

First, one way to use Flipgrid in your library classroom is for book talks. Start by creating a grid or topic for Book Talks. Model your own Book Talk by sharing your own video review. Book Talks are less about opinions, however, and more of a teaser for a book. 

For example, give your review of Katherine Applegate’s latest book, The One and Only Bob, the sequel to The One and Only Ivan

Your students will see your teaser of the New York Times’ Best Seller and create their own book talks. Flipgrid makes it easy for students to post a quick summary of a story to share with their classmates or even the school!

Read Alouds

I wish I could read a book to every classroom in the building every single day! Imagine how empowering it would be to get into each classroom or invite every group to the library to be read to. Guess what? Flipgrid allows you to do just that! Consider a grade level or all school read-aloud. Record yourself reading a chapter at a time or a picture book aloud to students. Teachers can share them from Flipgrid from their own devices in the classroom, or students can login during distance learning with their families. 

Your students will love hearing your voice with your Flipgrid read-alouds!

Book Clubs

Next, use your Library Classroom Flipgrid to create a Book Club topic. For example, you could share a topic or grid for the book Wonder.  Add questions or have students post video responses reflecting on each chapter of the book. I love creating a Book Club grid then topics for individual books. Students can participate in the books that they are reading to differentiate for clubs. In addition, even if students are participating in remote learning or cannot attend in-person club meetings, they can still interact with an online book club.

Distance Learning Resources

Every teacher can use Flipgrid to help support distance learning, but librarians have a special advantage! The Grids you are sharing with students and parents aren’t homework. In fact, they are ways to help support your readers at-home beyond the standard curriculum.

Create an introductory Flipgrid to introduce yourself to parents and add tutorial videos on Flipgrid with tutorials and screencasts for library resources. Examples include digital card catalogs, Sora ebooks, EBSCO and other resource databases, and more. Help parents and students navigate these resources with your Flipgrid videos!

Flipgrid is one of the most transformative tools you can use in your library classroom. Not only does Flipgrid empower student learners that are often too shy to speak up in class, they allow you to connect with every student in the building as well as those learning from home. Reach out to families and your colleagues. What will you use Flipgrid for in your elementary library?

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