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5 Tips for using Flipgrid with Shy Students!

edtech flipgrid online education online learning tech tips Jun 19, 2020

I have a lot of students that have anxiety or social trepidation, so many of them hate the idea of ding videos that others can see. Here are some awesome tips for students to help them deal with this fear!

Tip #1: Use the Pixel Filter!

If students have issues with others seeing them, they can use the Pixel Filter to create a pixelated version of the video.

Tip #2: Use the Whiteboard or Blackboard!

Another way students can avoid sharing their faces but still share their voices is the whiteboard/blackboard tool. This is also great for artistic students to show off their skills! 

Tip #3: Use a Sticker!

There are so many cool stickers in Flipgrid! Students can use these to cover their face a lot or a little bit in order to help alleviate some of the stress of being on camera. 

Tip #4: Have them record with a buddy, teacher, para, family member, stuffed animal, or pet!

Students always feel more comfortable when they aren’t going it alone. Let them record as a group or pair, or have them include family members, stuffed animals, or pets. I have my students teach the elements of a plot chart to their pets or stuffed animals each year and it is hilarious!

Tip #5: Have them create a paper slideshow video!

I have some students who don’t even want their voice recorded for whatever reason. Paper slides can be a great option to get them comfortable and start breaking them out of their shells. It challenges this anxiety without forcing them to do something that makes them very uncomfortable. 


Do you use Flipgrid in your classroom yet? Why not?! If you need help getting started, check out my blog post here!