Getting Started with Flipgrid
Brand new to Flipgrid? You’ve come to the right place!
Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that helps educators see and hear from every student in class and foster a fun and supportive social learning environment. Here’s everything you need to know to get started…
When you set up your free educator account at Flipgrid.com, you’ll first create a Grid for your class. Grids are the canvas you will use to post discussion Topics, to which your students will share short video Responses.
Step 1: Create a Grid
A Grid is the “home” for your class in Flipgrid. Within your Grid you can post unlimited discussion prompts. We call those Topics.
Start by creating a Grid for your class (for example, your second period Biology class, second grade students, or Philosophical Studies 201). Once you become more familiar with Flipgrid, you can create Grids for your other communities.
Grid Community Types
You are in control of your Grid: during the creation process, you have the option to choose one of three Grid Community Types:
(1) School Email: if your students use a school email, choose this option to allow only those within your school domain to access the Grid. After entering your Flip Code, students will authenticate using their school email.
(2) Student ID List: if your students do not have a school email, choose this option to create a class list. After entering your Flip Code, each student will authenticate using a unique code (can be as simple as any 2+ alphanumeric identifier that you decide); you can also print out unique QR codes for each student so all they need to do is scan to enter.
(3) PLC and Public: if you are creating a Grid for adults outside your school district, choose this option to allow any person with your Flip Code access to your Grid. Participants will need to authenticate with a Microsoft or Google email in order to add a video.
Step 2: Add Topics
Topics are the stimulus for the conversation. Add a Topic Focus (a video, image, GIF, or emoji), the prompt for your students (a challenge, question, activity, etc.), and set the time limit for their video replies (from a 15 second elevator pitch to a 5 minute presentation).
Built out your Topic by adding links to resources for your students to explore before sharing their voice on Flipgrid.
Check out the Disco Library for thousands of age- and subject-specific ideas from your fellow Flipgrid Educators.
Step 3: Share your Grid and collect videos from your students.
Students can access the Grid on any computer with a webcam or on a tablet/mobile device via our free mobiles apps. Simply share your unique Flip Code. You can also copy/paste a link to your Grid in Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, or whatever you use to communicate with your class.
To share their voice, students simply enter your Flip Code then hit the green plus!
Once you’re ready to explore more, jump in Flipgrid: Next Steps! You’ll find a collection of ideas and resources from our three Educator Innovation Leads, Ann, Jornea, and Jess, as well as the additional features, opportunities, and ideas surrounding Flipgrid! Also, be sure to check out the hashtag #FlipgridFever on Twitter for continuous inspiration from educators around the world!