December 2, 2023

How to use Flipgrid
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What is a flip?

In short, Flip is a free education-focused platform for creating and sharing short videos.

The embedded guide below provides a more detailed overview of how Flip works, but the short version is that users create videos around a theme, and then upload those videos to a “grid” for sharing, feedback, and theme-based “response videos.” ‘

But what makes the Flip unique? It’s really about ease of use (via “Theme”) and privacy (via “Mesh”). So what’s the difference between Flipgrid’s themes and grids?

Topics are exactly what they sound like: prompts or discussion questions.

Grids are like classrooms or learning communities.

The former is the content of the video, while the latter is where the video is shared and with whom.

Quick overview: How the Flip works

Using themes in Flip

From Flip’s help section: “Themes can be simply text-based or include resources such as images, videos, giphys, emojis, and attachments. View Topic Discovery Library Find ready-made themes and add to the grid. All educators can add unlimited topics to their grids. Sharing a grid with someone will give them access to all content on the grid. “

Working with grids in Flip

As mentioned above, while students create short videos around a topic, the main structure of Flipgrid is the grid itself. Grids are like groups – you can create a grid for a class, a school or a district and then “close” them or make them open and “global”. You can create grids by the following methods and community types:

1. School email for students joining the grid using Microsoft or Google school email

2. Student ID, where you can create a list of student IDs to join your Grid (not in the EU)

3. PLCs & Public Share your grid with the public or some other “closed circuit” group.

Privacy of Grids in Flip

You can add a password so your grid can’t join and you can’t watch the video with the password. Anyone with a Flip Code and Grid password (if activated) can join and watch videos on Grid. Additionally, to record the video, participants will verify their email with Microsoft or Google.

You can also choose whether the theme is moderated, additional privacy levels, a theme “launch/freeze” date, and more (including documentation and links).

What are the other features of Flipgrid?

Acquired by Microsoft in June 2018, Flipgrid has several features that make it a useful teaching tool, including video downloads, video feedback options, video stickers and drawings, custom assessment rules, video feedback, MixTapes, theme invites, private sharing Links, Vibes and more – including:

1. Discover the library Here educators share topics across a variety of grade levels and content areas.

2. Video format Includes back-to-school introductions, book talks, reflections, Q&A with experts, showcase of STEAM ideas, and more. Students can use their natural voices to express and share the learning and reflection process, or just what they think they already know and understand.

3. Privacy function Allow students to reply to each other’s videos, while educators can control with video moderation, access controls, and more.

4. Camera and editing options Allows students to capture widescreen video, pause while recording, add more content after viewing, and trim.

5. “Access from any platform” So students can share anytime, anywhere using any Surface, Chromebook, laptop, iPad, iPhone or Android device. (There’s also an app for Windows 10.)

An Educator’s Guide to Flipping the Catalog

The following user guide is available on Microsoft’s Flip (the featured image at the top of this article is taken from the guide) blog Created by Karly Moura, Sean Fahey and Jennifer Saarinen. In the meantime, you can see the table of contents for the teacher’s flipping guide below, as well as the guide itself embedded below it.

Part 1: Getting Started

Flip the jargon
create your account
create grid
add topic
Respond to topic
sparks and vibes
student feedback

Part 2: The Flipgrid Community

grid partner
explore library
Explorer series
Tag, chat and follow

Section 3: Resources

Blog Posts and Grid Tips
Webinars and Videos
student guide
application smash

Section 4: Next Level

Certified Educator
Show Flipgrid
Section 5: Updates (since 8.1.18)
immersive reader
visitor mode

You can read about these and many more options in more detail in the guide find here.