Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows educators to ask a question which the students then respond in a video format. Students are then able to record video responses to one another.
Access http://flipgrid.com and create a free educator account. If you have an Office 365 account through COD, you should be able to use your COD e-mail address to register for the site. If you need an Office 365 account, e-mail email@example.com for a free account.
After creating your account, the first step is to create a Grid for your class. Within your Grid you will post discussion prompts, called Topics, where students’ will post video responses.
Step 1 - Create a Grid
A Grid is the equivalent of your course section in Flipgrid, and you can create as many Grids as you want. So, if you teach multiple course sections, you can create a Grid for each section.
When you set up your Grid, you will choose how students can access it by selecting a Grid Community Type.
- School Email - Choose this option to allow only those with your school email to access your Grid. Students will have to register their account to access FlipGrid.
- Student ID List (Preferred) - With the Student ID list, there is additional setup for using the site, but it’s also the easiest way for students to access FlipGrid. While it takes time to setup the accounts it’s still less time than troubleshooting why students cannot sign-up for an account.
When creating the Grid, you can also create a custom Flip Code. This will be the web address that can posted in your course and is where students will go to access the course Grid.
Step 2 - Create a Topic
The Topic is where you can post a question or prompt for the students to answer. These can be organized by content, by the week/unit/module for the course, or any other topic for the course.
The topic can also include anything you would like your students to review prior to recording a video response, such as videos and links.
Click the Add New Topic button.
Provide a name and description for the topic.
By default, the recording time is set to 1 minutes and 30 seconds. However, this can be changed to as little as 15 seconds and to as much as 10 minutes.
Click the More Options button to enable and disable additional options including; topic attachments, availability dates, and additional video features.
Step 3 - Share your Grid and collect videos from your students.
Once you have set up your Grid and created your first Topic, share your Grid’s Flip Code/web address with your students.
Also be sure to share the Student ID’s if you created these in step 1 of the Grid creation process.