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Use FlipGrid when you want students to see, hear and interact with you and/or each other. You may have viewed and voted on the Innovation Challenge activities in FlipGrid that kept students’ minds sharp during their quarantine in 2021. In its simplest form, that is what FlipGrid allows you and your students to do: short videos that allow for commenting.

Step-by-step guide

1.    Log into FlipGrid

  • Access the FlipGrid Educators homepage.
  • Use the Google Login button and enter your Clarkson credentials.

  • You should now be on the FlipGrid homepage with the Discussion tab selected on the top navigation bar.

2.    Create a Group

  • You will see two options, 1. Groups & Topics. Click on the Groups

3.   2. Click Create a Group.

  • Give your group an appropriate name.
  • Next, you may accept or edit the suggested join code.
  • You can share this join code with students as a URL.

4.    Scroll through the Options

  • On the right side of the page, you will see the options you can set up for each group you create. You have already set up the Details.

  • Next click on or scroll down to set Permissions.
    • The best method for Clarkson University students, faculty and staff is to choose by Student Email.
    • All you need to do is add the domain and anyone who access your shared FlipGrid with this domain will be able to view and comment.
  • Features allows you to choose whether students receive email notifications of new topics and you can inactivate a group by changing Active status to Hidden.
  • Lastly, on this page, you may want to upload an image to make your group page more engaging. This finishes the Group set up. Next is the Topic set up.

5.    Create a New Topic

  • Click on the Discussion tab on the top navigation bar.
  • This time choose 1. Topics and 2. Add a Topic.
  • Topics can be as simple as an icebreaker of introductions or more complex such as giving a presentation. First, give your topic a title. Do not worry; you can always edit the title if you decide to change it later.

  • The Topic option Details is very powerful option because you can enter just a simple question for students, or a more complex question up to 1000 characters. Add a question to the Prompt area.
  • Whether short or long, you can combine your question with a wide variety of So for example, have students discuss an image or a video you have recorded or uploaded. You can also experiment with combining your FlipGrid with other digital cloud tools such as a Google Doc, Wakelet or a poll.
  • Permissions can be changed by Topic assigned but it the recommendation is not to use the Public option because you will have to moderate every comment before it is posted.

  • Essentials, however, gives you quite a bit of control over the videos that are uploaded.

  • You might choose to adjust any of the following shown below:

  1. Topic Moderation (but again, you will have to approve each submission before it shows to the class (group)).
  2. Recording Time allows for video submissions up to 10 minutes. Be careful with setting the longer recording times so that students do not lose interest. For example, if they are to peer review 10-minute presentations, two or three are probably enough. However, if presentations are 3 minutes, then they can peer review more.
  3. Set Comments to be by video, text or both.
  4. Set the language for CC
  5. FlipGrid is constantly expanding your options so you will want to explore the More options link after you have become an experience FlipGrid user.
  6. Lastly, click Create Topic!

Now you are ready to share your FlipGrid topic!