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 FlipGrid

 
  
What is Flipgrid?
Flipgrid is a video discussion platform used by educators. Instructors post topics to spark conversation and students respond with short video clips recorded through computer/tablet/smartphone cameras. 

Flipgrid is organized by forums called "grids", and each grid is like a message board. Instructors pose a question and students respond with 15-second to 5-minute clips in the grid. The prompt is short (240 characters or less) and text based, but can include links to websites or documents. Instructors can organzize grids for each class, section, or group. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of questions, and each question can hold an unlimited number or responses. 

How Can I Use Flipgrid?​
Educators can use Flipgrid for introductions, to get reactions on videos/documents, for book reviews, peer reviews, and much more. You can get more ideas by visiting the discovery library. The discovery library is a forum where educators share ideas for topics to use in the classroom. To access the library login to the admin panel using your Microsoft account and click the "Disco Library" tab up top.

Getting Started
1. Log in

To log in you first need to visit admin.flipgrid.com​. Click "Login in with Microsoft" and use your BSU email and password.  Since Flipgrid is a Microsoft product, it is free for BSU instructors and students to use.

2. Create Grid

Click "New Grid" from the homepage and a new window will popup.

First, we need to tell Flipgrid who can access our grid (called a community type). Currently there are three options; the option most recommended is "School Email Domain," which means that only students with a common email domain can see the grid (i.e. @student.bridgew.edu).
Next, you will name your grid and copy the access code. This code is the URL students need to visit in order to view the grid. 
You can choose a header image and click "Next".
Finally, if you selected "School Email Domain" you should type @student.bridgew.edu so that only students from Bridgewater State University can see your grid.

3. Edit Settings (Optional)

After launching your grid, Flipgrid will ask if you would like to customize your grid. If you wish to, click this link. Under features you will see options for notification, captions, and more. You can also delete your grid from this page.

4. Add Topics

Topics are the questions or prompts for your students. After clicking into your grid click "New Topic". You will need to have a topic title like, for example, "Introductions". In the topic description you can pose your prompt. Further below under "Topic Resource" you can upload (or record) a video, image, etc. Under "Topic Attachments" you can link to a video, document, article, etc.

When creating a topic, Flipgrid provides instructors with a lot of customization and features to play with. On this screen you can set response time, display dates, allow students to use stickers, allow students to attach external links, and much more.

5. Share With Students

Students do not need to create accounts on Flipgrid, but do need to verify their student email if the grid is not public. Students can access the grid with the code you provided to them on a computer or on smart devices with the Flipgrid app installed. 

To share the grid, click into the grid and click "Share Grid". You can copy and send the code for iOS and Android apps and/or share the URL so students can access the grid on their computers. 

Flipgrid also allows instructors to embed Flipgrids on websites.

To embed a Flipgrid into your Blackboard site you can follow these steps.

1) Sign into Flipgrid by going to admin.flipgrid.com.
2) Click the Share button next to your grid or a specific topic.
3) Under the Learning Community heading, click the blue "Copy Embed Code" option (</>).
4) Proceed to your Blackboard course site.  For this example, we'll proceed to the Course Content section.
5) Click Build Content and select Item.
6) Create a title (perhaps name it your Flipgrid topic).
7) In the text box under Content Information, you will see an HTML button in the bottom row of the text tools. Click the HTML button.  A new window will appear.  Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the HTML code into the text box. Select Update in the bottom right corner of the new window.
8) Click Submit to embed the video in your Course Content section.

Responding to Topics

​After using the shared code to get to the topic page, students click the green "+" to upload or record a response. The computing device students are using needs to have a webcam and a microphone. 


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This page is maintained by the Teaching & Technology Center. Send comments and suggestions to ttc@bridgew.edu​​​​​. Last reviewed 07/05/19.  ​​​​​