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How to Help Students with Feedback Online

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Giving feedback to your students is an essential part of the artmaking process. They need your guidance and direction from beginning to end to stay on task, work through sticking points, and create a strong piece. Delivering timely feedback, however, can be challenging if you aren’t teaching students in-person routinely or at all.

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The key to upholding this critical step is finding the right tools to use. Flipgrid is a video-based program that allows students to record and post a message for you (or classmates) to view and reply.

Use Flipgrid to Give Students Feedback

As students are working on their projects, they can record a Flipgrid video to give you progress updates. Students can show their work, share how things are going, and ask any questions or identify areas where they need help. After the student posts the video in the grid, you can hit the “Reply” button to record your response. You and the student can continue back-and-forth responses until the project is complete.

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Some students might need help presenting their work effectively and understanding what they should specifically share. One approach could be to offer your students’ guiding questions to help them formulate their responses. For example:

  • What is your piece about, and how are you going to communicate that message?
  • Where are you in the process, and what do you still have to work on?
  • What part of the piece do you think is complete? What are you pleased with?
  • What part of the piece do you need help with or want feedback?

Why You Should Use Flipgrid

There are several ways teachers and students can communicate virtually. The most effective approaches, however, are user-friendly, effective, and efficient. Flipgrid provides a number of benefits that are difficult to replicate with other tools. These include:

  • Emotional Context: Written language can easily be misinterpreted. Using a video program allows you and the students to provide emotional context with your message. Students can hear the excitement in your voice and see your facial expressions when you share how impressed you are.
  • Better Support: Recording a video allows you to provide more targeted feedback efficiently for students. For example, you can include a demonstration, show a material, provide examples, etc. all in one message. This avoids photographing, uploading, and attaching files like you would with an email.
  • User-Friendly: Because you might not physically be with students for technical support, it’s important learning tools are easy to use. Flipgrid is fairly easy to navigate and only requires a few steps to create and post a video. The platform is also very organized, which helps teachers manage several classes and a large student load.

Other Ways to Use Flipgrid

In addition to feedback, Flipgrid can also be used as a way to connect students with one another. As a mid-project critique, students could be expected to post their video and reply to X number of their peers. This can be a great way to help students build community within the class and interact when not in the physical classroom.

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Flipgrid can also be used for a digital art exhibit. Each artist could present their piece by showing the work, speaking about the process, and the story behind the imagery. Once all students have submitted, the link can be shared with families, administrations, and the community. Be sure to check with your administration on any school policies for publicly sharing recordings with students.

If you aren’t in the middle of a project, Flipgrid could also serve as a video discussion board. You could post a video showing a piece, posing a question, or providing a prompt. Students could contribute by sharing their responses and replying to others.

Getting Started with Flipgrid

Flipgrid offers a free account for educators, so getting started is relatively easy. Once logged in, begin by setting up your first topic and grid right away. This might include the name of a project or class. Then, adjust the settings to meet your needs. In this menu, you’ll be able to set security settings, recording time limits, deadlines, notifications, and more. Finally, share the code with your students for them to start uploading videos when they’re ready. One great feature of Flipgrid is that students don’t need an account to participate.

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Regardless of your teaching structure and how you’re interacting with students, finding tools to help facilitate communication can have a positive impact on the student experience. Tools like Flipgrid allow you to have an ongoing dialogue with students via video about their work. The video approach allows you to connect with students in a more meaningful way—even if you aren’t in-person. Students can also connect with each other and see progress from their classmates. While educational environments will continue to evolve, one thing that will remain is the importance of feedback. Now you have a tool to keep that going no matter where you are!

How else might you use Flipgrid in the art room? 

How do we help students learn what to say when presenting their work? 

 

Nick Gehl

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Nick is the Department Chair of Fine Arts at Evanston Township High School. He enjoys working with arts teachers to improve the student experience in the studio.

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