November 13, 2023: Amplify Student Voice! Flip engages and empowers every voice by recording and sharing short videos together.

Flip (former Flipgrid) is a free online video platform that offers students a place where they can share and reflect on ideas with other students and with their teachers. This week in the mentoring circle, we explore how Flip provides the perfect space for students to take part in classroom discussions, share their thoughts, and hear their classmates’ ideas. Teachers post topics to initiate conversations between students by responding with short videos. It is very easy to use for teachers and students. To begin, students join the digital platform with a code provided by the teacher without the need for them to remember user names and passwords. Ready to meet Flip!

With Flip, learners can reflect, discuss and showcase their learning by creating short video responses to a question, topic, or comment. Educators create online meeting places, called Grids where students can join and post short video responses to topics set by the teacher. Depending on the settings set by the teacher, students can like each other’s videos, reply video-to-video, and upload their own. Flip has a disco library that contains fabulous pre-made designs to help set everything up and fabulous lenses for a whole new way to express ourselves while responding. Educators even can invite parents and the community to view or participate in the Grid. These can be password-protected to comply with school regulations and to deal with any privacy concerns.

Flip is a social learning application that engages and empowers student voices in the classroom. This digital platform is accessible on any device, but the mobile apps are particularly well-designed and easy to use. The social style of the app also taps into the digital culture that students are already well versed in, which helps to engage students by connecting them to dynamic experiences. Flip is an inclusive and accessible platform — with every new Grid you create, closed captioning and transcripts are automatically activated. With styles, text, emoji, live inking, whiteboard/blackboard mode, segments, and more, creating a compelling and enriching story is simple, powerful, and fun — view some awesome examples of inclusion below!

Empower learners with Immersive Reader in Flip! All students have an equal voice, students need to share their thoughts, opinions, reflections, and ideas. But for many learners, it is challenging to share their voice when they have trouble reading. Enter Immersive Reader, now built into Flip. It brings powerful, proven techniques to improve reading and writing for learners, regardless of age or ability. Whether a learner is dyslexic, an early or struggling reader, an ELL student, or simply needs a little assistance, it makes reading and understanding easier. Here is a list of things Immersive Reader can do:

    • Read text aloud
    • Change text size, font, spacing, and color
    • Highlight parts of speech
    • Break words into syllables
    • Provide line focus
    • Improve word understanding with picture dictionary

Engage, empower, amplify, and foster your supportive learning community. Using Flip, students can share their ideas, stories and work with the teacher and classmates. It can also create a rubric to guide student responses. With this functionality, students can see exactly what the teacher is looking for and it allows the teacher to input scores as they are watching the student’s video response. Teachers can also respond with feedback by text or video to further enhance student learning. In the following video, learn just how easy it is for you to add timely, meaningful and private feedback to your students’ videos!

Remember Flip is Microsoft’s video discussion platform for educators, learners, and families! Engage and empower every voice in your classroom or at home by recording and sharing short, awesome videos! Their team of designers thoughtfully crafted a fresh Flipgrid experience enabling us to focus on what matters most: connecting and empowering our community to share! Flip is 100% free – so create your educator account now! Use Flip’s Educator Toolkit to find everything needed to bring the magic of Flip to students and share it with peers. Watch the following video for a quick guide for educators to get started!