Product Review of Vigo Video
Vigo Video (formerly Flipagram) lets users create 15-second videos or slideshow presentations on a mobile device. Students can flip through their photos, select a video or up to 20 photos, add music or narration, set the animation speed and effects, and share their story. Students can also create a video right in the app. Share features include email, social media, or simply saving to the device’s camera roll. Photo slideshows are automatically stored in the private gallery, which makes it easy for learners to reference all the pieces they’ve created. Kids can give and get feedback by following others and browse the thousands of user-created videos, getting recommendations based on browsing history.
Although Vigo Video doesn’t provide tutorials, the tool is fairly intuitive. Teachers will want to ensure that learners manage their privacy settings to maintain some control over who can see and comment on their posts. Users with a PayPal account can also monetize content by earning “flames” for creations, adding a level of engagement for those who are motivated to do so — outside of school hours, of course.
Students can use Vigo Video (formerly Flipagram) as a digital storytelling tool or to showcase their work. Consider having learners pick a time period in history, a historic event, a poem, or a scientific concept, and create a brief slideshow with a series of pictures that tell the story. Let learners shine by creating a video of a step-by-step art procedure or choreographed dance moves, perhaps smashing videos together with a tool like iMovie to create longer sequences. The possibilities are endless — from exit tickets to passion projects to musical performances — but creative educational prompts will need to come from the educators. Most learning will likely happen during the process leading up to the creation of the final product, but learners will have fun adding in music and effects.
While the app doesn’t provide any tutorials, there’s a vast community of creators from whom learners can draw inspiration. Vigo Video encourages learners to explore those accounts to see and comment on projects from others in the community. Of course, some educators may be concerned about sending learners out into the wild, but this opens up the potential for practicing digital citizenship skills.
There’s a lot of potential for learners to use Vigo Video to showcase what they’ve learned in class. In response to well-designed lessons with clear learning objectives, learners can create, curate, and combine images to tell a story, demonstrate understanding of a concept, or showcase their talents. Making slideshows used to be tedious, with learners slowly framing and photographing image after image. This platform demystifies that process, and when it’s paired with other tools, can help learners understand animation basics and support the development of creativity, critical thinking, and digital citizenship skills.
There’s no shortage of ideas here. Students can browse projects from Vigo Video users to see how they’re using the app, and potentially learn something new from the community. But educators should be cautious: Though the user agreement bars inappropriate content, there’s plenty here that can distract from learning objectives, and aside from emailing the developer, there’s no method for reporting abuses. With the emphasis on commenting and sharing creations through social media, educators will want to provide guidance for learners about digital footprints, privacy, and other digital citizenship concepts learners need to be aware of when sharing content online.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Students will be captivated by the animations and thousands of user-submitted videos, so educators will need to monitor to ensure that they stay on task.
Curriculum and Instruction
There’s plenty of room for outside-the-box thinking, allowing learners to tap into their creative potential; the slide show and video presentations, while short, can be very effective mediums for learning.
The functions are fairly simple, but it would be helpful to have some tutorials for learners to get started.