BCCE, Collaboration and Flipgrid


"What are we doing to help kids achieve?"

It was my hope, intention and desire to get to BCCE. BCCE is a great opportunity to geek out with other really cool science people. A person gets the chance to focus on teaching and learning without bells going off, the dog barking, or kids needing rides somewhere. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this year and will have to withdraw from several presentations and workshops. A family member is having a medical procedure and family has to come first. If you are thinking about going to BCCE, please sign up. Do not hesitate to report your findings on ChemEd X. Sharing great ideas is the best way to build a great community of educators and students.

Speaking of sharing and collaborating, I got a great idea from Christine Pinto while she was on her way to ISTE in Chicago. Christine did a collaboration project using Flipgrid. Flipgrid is a program that has just been bought by Microsoft. A teacher sets up a "class" on Flipgrid with a "prompt". Students receive a Flipgrid code. They read the prompt and have sixty to ninety seconds to respond with a video response to the prompt. The teacher checks and moderates the videos and allows them to become public. Students are able to see what other students said. The "Grid" can also be opened to parents and other classes. Christine had her kindergarten class reported the weather each day on Flipgrid and another class of students across the country saw the videos and responded.

Here is what I propose. I would like to work with another teacher, hopefully a teacher that is reading this, and have our classes collaborate. Each of us will pick a topic. For arguments sake, suppose I choose the topic "heat and temperature" and you might pick "kinetic theory of matter". I would develop a prompt for "heat and temperature" that my students would respond to on "Flipgrid" and you would do the same for your topic. When my students are studying "kinetic theory of matter", they could check out your "grid" to see what your students have to say on the matter. The same would hold true for your students when they start studying "heat and temperature". Perhaps we could do this once or twice a semester. Maybe at the end we could follow up with a Facetime or Skype session. Another nice benefit that Christine reported is that the students involved formed connections and empathy for each other. In the world that we live in, perhaps education and technology can bring people together to form better relationships and bonds. Anybody interested? If so, let me know....I would love to work with you.

EDITORS NOTE: As you can see by the comments below, several teachers have taken Chad up on his offer to collaborate. With the beginning of the school year right around the corner, we have decided to limit this group to those who have already contacted him. Watch for other opportunities like this in the future. 

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Michael Farabaugh's picture
Michael Farabaugh | Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:15

Chad that sounds like a good idea to me. I tried Flipgrid last year, but I only used it for student introductions at the start of the year. As things got busier, the idea of using Flipgrid somehow was shoved to the back burner. I am looking forward to collaborating with you and your students this year. Let's talk.

-Michael Farabaugh



Chris Leverington | Mon, 07/23/2018 - 00:18

I used Flipgrid a few times early on generally as a fun type of formative assessment where the kids got to use their phones.  But as time goes by you get bogged down in the other stuff and new ideas get pushed aside.  My favorite was that I put them into groups of 5-6 and they were each a water molecule and as a group they were a sample of ice and had to act out the change from solid to liquid to gas and then back to liquid and solid.  One person had to narrate the video.  I think i capped it at 90 seconds so they had to plan it out and get it all in.  They had a lot of fun with it.

Chris Leverington | Mon, 07/23/2018 - 00:19

I might be interested.  Would be fun to chat and see what kind of stuff you've done with flipgrid. I have 4 honors chemistry classes and two on level this year.

Chad Husting's picture
Chad Husting | Tue, 07/24/2018 - 07:27

If you shoot me an email, perhaps we can correspond and set something up.  Here is my email.


Zena McFadden's picture
Zena McFadden | Tue, 07/24/2018 - 09:27

Chad, I have been teaching for 20 plus years, but this is my first year teaching Chemistry.  I am going to use modeling.  Do you think it would work for us to collaborate on this project given this situation?

Zena McFadden

North Boone High School, Poplar Grove, Illinois

Megan Perkins's picture
Megan Perkins | Mon, 01/14/2019 - 18:32


I think that it's great for you to use modeling as an effective teaching method. My number one priority as a teacher is to have a fun learning atmosphere, I think if the exercises are fun, learning comes naturally in the process. Feel free to write me if there is anything I can share, I will. Great meeting you today! (replying to you because I think I bogged up your e-mail, so I did a quick websearch & I happen to be a ChemEd X frequent user.)


Megan Perkins

Secondary Chemistry Education

Chad Husting's picture
Chad Husting | Sun, 07/29/2018 - 14:50

Zena - Thanks for the email.  How does second semester sound?  Maybe we can try something then.  I was going to figure it out a bit more and get the bugs out first semester.  Let me know if  you are interested in this.  Maybe your kids could teach my kids some modeling?  Just a thought...

Zena McFadden's picture
Zena McFadden | Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:59

Second semester sounds good to me.  Keep in touch as the time gets near.  Sincerely, Zena


Ed Gomes's picture
Ed Gomes | Mon, 07/30/2018 - 14:46

Hi Chad, I'm definitely interested, although I realize you already had several responses. I will be teaching four sections of Honors Chem this coming year. By the way, I teach at Kings (I noticed you're at Sycamore). 

Chad Husting's picture
Chad Husting | Sun, 08/05/2018 - 20:57

Ed - Please shoot me an email.  I am trying to get an email list of everyone interested.  I have a "group" idea that might work.  Great to hear from you.  Thanks for the interest.