#GridTip Party: Rocking MixTapes

The following blog post is written by Educator Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Ann Kozma, and Jess Boyce. In the #GridTip Series, Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Jornea, Ann, and Jess will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid. Looking for more inspiration? Sign up for one of the Engage & Amplify: Flipgrid 101 Webinars!


Pssst… we made you a MixTape! 

If you are wondering what a MixTape is: back in the day friends made MixTapes for each other as a way to share their favorite songs on a cassette tape! Whether it was a Birthday Mix or a Love Song Mix, or the Summer of ‘88 Mix, making a MixTape for someone meant something special. You wanted to share the very best! 

⏩Fast forward to today, and the announcement of Flipgrid MixTapes! Now you can create a custom mix of epic Flipgrid Responses from across your Grids, allowing you to share your students’ magic...no cassette tapes needed! 

MixTapes can be a compilation of whatever you want! Maybe you want to highlight your class’s best learning accomplishments over the semester. Or maybe you want to create individual student portfolios. Or showcase the winning auditions for the school play. You get to pick what goes on your MixTape, allowing you to share, celebrate, and showcase Responses in a totally righteous, tubular, major, gnarly way! 

🎧 How to Create MixTapes

  1. In your Flipgrid Educator Admin, click on MixTapes and create a new MixTape. Name your MixTape, add a Code (notice you have a + sign at the beginning, otherwise it’s the exact same as a Flip Code) and add your Description. Add an optional password if you wish, then hit Create. You’re now ready to add Responses to your MixTape!

  2. When viewing a Response from your Educator Admin, you will see a super rad 80s inspired cassette icon. Click it to add that response to your MixTape.  You can add as many videos as you want from any Grid you own or CoPilot. And you can arrange the videos in any order you’d like to create your own custom blend of awesome.

  3. Sharing your MixTape with someone special is part of the magic. Simply share your MixTape Flip Code and your custom mix is ready to go! Your audience will be able to easily view your MixTape (with videos in the order you chose). We even added credits to showcase the stars of your MixTape, as well as you, the director!

▶️ Ready to hit Play? 

Now that you know what Flipgrid MixTapes are, here are a few awesome ideas from some of our Student Voice Ambassadors.  

💡Student Voice Ambassador Amy Storer suggests using MixTapes as a yearbook or student portfolio to showcase and share favorite memories from the school year. 

💡Student Voice Ambassador Priscilla Heredia is planning on using MixTapes to transform her "Keep the Quote” classroom activity. Each week, Priscilla posts a motivational quote on a special roll of chart paper. A student who personifies the quote gets to keep it at the end of the week. But now, with MixTapes, the plan is to have students submit their own quotes, app-smash them into GIFs or videos and nominate peers who are deserving and get to cut the chart paper to “Keep the Quote” that week. The student who submits the quote will get to present it to the winner and the recording will be added to the Flipgrid MixTape...sort of like a Motivational Quote Hall of Fame. 

💡Student Voice Ambassador Jennifer Saarinen looks forward to collaborating with students as they become the MixTape DJ. The DJ will get to select videos based on a particular, purpose, skill, or outcome. Her plan is to put the power of creating the MixTape in to the students’ hands as she works to create a learner-centered environment. 

💡Student Voice Ambassador Claudio Zavala is going to rock a MixTape of a play or screenplay. Students will record individual parts in a Grid, then Claudio will put them together by scene in a MixTape, just imagine... a Romeo & Juliet MixTape. He also created the very first MixTape for his amazing #SingaSong Grid!

💡Student Voice Ambassador Karly Moura suggests using MixTapes like a highlight reel celebrating the learning that happens over the course of a semester. 

Follow a MixTape

MixTapes are a magical way to share epic moments and showcase student voice. But, how do you ensure that your students, families, and friends never miss a mic-drop moment? Now your community can stay up-to-date when new videos are added by Following your MixTapes. When viewing a MixTape, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen to Follow. Enter your email address and choose a daily or weekly email notification.

The possibilities with MixTapes are endless. From portfolios, to celebrations, to mic-drop moments, we hope you enjoy this new feature as another awesome way to amplify student voice. 

Ready to rock? 🎶 Let’s mix it up! 👩‍🎤👨‍🎤 

See you on the Grid! 🚀