Starting your Account
Flipgrid is a easy to use blog site for teachers or groups to engage students in topics and discussions. This sites lets students respond with short videos which helps engage in the discussion.
To start off Flipgrid you want to find the main page which is linked here Flipgrid.com.
When you open the link you well find a page describing the website and their goals. In the middle you will see a search bar ask for a grid code this is meant for students to accesses the grid.
(example shown below)
If your wanting to start your own account there are two places on the page to sign up. One right below the grid code and another in the top right corner. Next, you’ll will be asked for your personal information and password. It will ask you to chose a what kind of Flipgrid account you want. In this article were focusing on the free version.
Making your First Grid
Now that you have setup a account you can start making grids. Once you get to the main account page you will be prompted to start your first grid just click on new grid for the next step
After clicking new Grid it will bring you to a large page asking for what the name of the Grid and Grid purpose (description). It will also show the Grid code so your students can join the Grid that you have created
Next are the security and features (listed below) these help with accessibility with students or restriction on them.
After that you get to select the theme of the grid there are a large variety of choices from nature to modern technology or you can download a image of your choosing.
Starting your Topic
After finishing your grid it the website well ask you to create a Topic. Topics are the equivalent to assignments students can submit videos of them selves answering the topic and creating there own unique thumbnail for the video.
When you begin making your topic the first thing you see is this page (shown below) Is self explanatory the only thing different is the Video Response Time this setting just change how much time each student has on there video response length. Other wise fill every thing out and move on to the next section. The Active Status and Launch and Freeze Dates are setting that control students view or doing the Grid. Active Status can make the assignment Active, Frozen, or inactive which can make it complete able, only view able, or neither. The Launch and Freeze Dates assigns a date to the topic for it to automatically assign and freeze the assignment.Topic Resources and Topic Attachments both add file and links to your Topic to help better understand the idea your trying to convey. Response Features let students customize there video with Emojis, stickers, and the ability to let students comment on others submissions which is shown on the left side of the page. There is one option listed on the right side Response Moderation which is important for teachers if they want to keep students responses hidden from other students Now you know how to setup and use Flipgrid and apply to a classroom environment
Zachary McClelland is a Ash Grove High School. He is a member of the Ash Grove Student Help Desk. Zachary plays baseball and is involved in a coding club at school. He plans to go to OTC and then to Drury to pursue a career in Game Development.