• Josh Arnold

Flipgrid and #MSFTEduChat #TweetMeet

As previously posted (#MSFTEduChat) I'm taking part in this month's Microsoft Education TweetMeet. One of the tasks I completed this week was recording a #Flipgrid response to promote on Microsoft's Education Blog. As a blogger I'm used to spending my time putting thoughts onto the webpage after long and careful planning. Being on camera was surprisingly hard for me. Finally, after three days of work and countless takes I completed my response on the third try.

Here's a few things I learned along the way:

1. Be careful how you frame the shot. My first take I sat about 10 feet away from the camera. My thinking was that way I'd get to show off more of my classroom. But the framing was poor as I was just a small figure in a larger shot. I finally moved up close to the camera standing just a few feet away. I could have cleaned things up a little more in the background but there's always more to be done next time.

2. Use an app that shows your script on the screen. There are plenty to choose from. Even one I found that was free but with limited characters. This isn't too much of a concern with Flipgrid meant to be shorter responses. Having the app freed me up to look at the camera and not leave anything out that I wanted to say. Search "teleprompter app" in your App Store and you'll find plenty of free choices. I'm saving up for a really nice one on Amazon!

3. Use props. In my first few takes it was just me on the screen. Then I got an awesome surprise in the mail with my #OneNote cape! I lucked out with this and added it to my response. Flipgrid is supposed to be fun and not just you in front of the camera. Now I'm on the lookout for more fun things to add to my student's responses like hats, badges, glasses whatever's going to motivate a student to step in front of the camera and offer their take on our learning.

Check out all the MSFTEduChat responses on the Education Blog at Microsoft.

4. Speak loudly but at a good pace. My students always struggle with this one and so did I. At first I was trying too hard to keep a good pace and ended up talking too slow. In the classroom I have the habit of talking too fast so my thinking was I should slow it down. However, I really chopped up my delivery and ended up stopping in the middle of words. Once I added the app to serve as the teleprompter this wasn't so much of an issue.

Another good resource for this is this YouTube video on the subject from Sacha van Straten. Sacha helps the TweetMeet team each month with their flipgrid videos and helped me put my video together.

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