November 7, 2018
If I were to choose an educational technology tool for assessment (to begin with), my first choice would probably flip grid.
We were introduced to Flipgrid as the first assignment in our EdTech class in order to introduce ourselves and explain our reason for joining the class. I was nervous at first sending in a video of myself, (because I hate being on camera) but after seeing that I could keep re-recording till I found a video that I felt comfortable with made me feel more at ease with this tool.
I would use it to have my students introduce themselves to me. As I am coming back to the classroom, mid-way through the year after my second maternity leave, I feel that this would be beneficial to me to get to know the students that I will be teaching. Since, they will have to re-introduce themselves all over (as if it is September again), I like how Flipgrid would allow for them to record an introduction that they felt comfortable sharing.
Most, if not all, the students already know me, since I am returning to the same school with some of the kids I had just before my leave, it will not be too new for me in regards to meeting them, but I will give me a better opportunity to introduce more technology into my classroom. I feel that by starting with Flipgrid I can incorporate more formative assessments as well as allowing for those who are not comfortable speaking up in class, or those who need more time to prepare an answer, to do so with this technology tool.
I plan to use the tool to answer questions possibly at the beginning, mid-way through and end of unit to see the growth of their answers. I could use it as an assessment for my teaching to ask the students how they feel about the material they are learning and what they like or would like to see change. I think I could even extend it to get to know parents and to have them voice their ideas about what their child is learning or any concerns they may have and use it as a way to connect with parents in between report card times as an addition to the ways I am connecting with them already.
- Quick response time
- Allows for student to think about questions and find answers that they are comfortable with before submitting it to the teacher
- It would allow for parents who cannot come in person or call during hours that I am at school to voice their concerns, make comments
- Short videos would push students to be concise and speak thoughtfully
- It will notify the teacher when responses come in
- Has a free version
- Would teach a culture of respect for others ideas and opinions
- Empowers student voice
- Would be beneficial for the music class to have students perform for the camera in a more comfortable setting, instead of always in person
- Could work well for listening to students read aloud (Daily 5 activity?)
- Class may not be mature enough to use it wisely
- Accessibility to internet, camera and microphone is needed to access this tool
- If I opened it to parents, it could turn into a place where parents complain or address too many minor issues that they wouldn’t have necessarily done so over the phone or in person
- Students with any verbal disabilities may have troubles with expressing their thoughts
- The extended version costs money and would depend on school/division to cover costs of this tool or the teacher themselves
- It is directed towards high school and higher-level students and I teach middle years
Overall, I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages of this technology tool and feel that it would serve as a great formative tool, especially for someone who is attempting to integrate more technology into their own teaching repertoire.