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What It Means To Teach Digital Wellness
This article is part of Flipd's Teacher Series with Hilliard City District in Ohio. Leading educators take to the Flipd Blog to share why digital wellness matters. How much screen time is a healthy amount of time for young children? This question is hard for me to answer, as a parent of a four year old and a technology teacher. I always tell parents when they ask — "you know your child and what’s best."
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Helping Students Find Tech-Life Balance
This article is part of Flipd's Teacher Series with Hilliard City District in Ohio. Leading educators take to the Flipd Blog to share why digital wellness matters. Have you ever been 3 feet away from a porcupine on a leash? The reason I ask is because I recently had the opportunity to stay overnight at the Columbus Zoo with about 75 fifth graders. As you can imagine, the excitement was overflowing as they were able to be at the zoo when it was closed to the public, see exotic animals, and have a sleepover with 75 of their closest friends. The experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone involved.
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How To Deal With FOMO (And Why Crocheting Worked For Me)
This article is part of our Teacher Series with Hilliard City District in Ohio. Leading educators take to the Flipd Blog to share why digital wellness matters.
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How To Use Flipd For Class (For Students)
First, join your Flipd class with the 5-digit class code provided by your instructor.  >>> Tap here if you don't know how to join your class <<< 1. Join an Active Class Once you're joined in the right class, you can Flip Off by selecting the Class option on the Flipd home screen. You can only Flip Off during class or up to 5 minutes prior when the class says 'Join Now'. For example, if your class is from 2-3 pm, you can Flip Off at 1:55 pm until 3 pm. If you attempt to Flip Off too early, you'll get a pop up telling you to come back later. 2. Check In for Attendance (optional) Once you've successfully started your Flipd session, check-in with your attendance code — but only if your professor is using Flipd attendance. Then set your phone aside and avoid checking notifications in order to maintain your Flipd progress while the class is active. You can still check in without an internet connection — just make sure that the attendance code entered is correct. When Flipd connects to the internet again, your attendance will successfully sync up.   3. How to stay Flipd Off Staying Flipd Off for the lecture means that you remain in the Flipd #class screen until the timer runs out. You can still lock your phone and set it aside, but if you open your phone and attempt to leave Flipd to check something you will get a notification to remind you that you have 10 seconds to return.  Tip: If you don't come back to Flipd within 10 seconds, the Flipd timer will expire. You can always start it again, but every minute you spend outside of Flipd will be measured in your progress.   If you're not in a Flipd Class yet You can still Flip Off for class even if you're not part of a class yet. All of your time accumulated during the class period will be synced up once you've joined the class. Join a class as soon as possible, or send a message to Flipd Support if you have trouble.  Pro Tip To stay Flipd Off for class, simply Flip Off your phone, lock your screen, and set your phone aside until class is over. Each time you open your screen, check your notifications, or leave Flipd during the countdown, you run the risk of ending the Flipd session. The point is to help you develop more intentional phone-use behavior, and this skill will help you in other important activities — like studying, writing, working, and even spending time with friends. Find out how you can also use Flipd outside of class to stay focused while you study. Got questions? Check out our FAQ Knowledge Base to find answers quickly. If you can't find what your looking for, chat with us in the app or send a message to info@flipdapp.co with any relevant details and/or screenshots related to your issue. Our support team usually responds within 1 business day or less.
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4 Problems With Technology In The Classroom (And How To Fix Them)
From real-time polling and quizzes, to live lectures viewed online from thousands of miles away, it's no doubt that technology has changed the modern classroom. But has it been for the better?
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Why This Engaging Professor Limits Phone Use In Class (And How He Does It)
In this post, we share why innovative educators are moving toward phone-free classes, and how Flipd empowers them to do just that. 
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How Flipd Nudges Behavior: A Chat With Psychology Professor Dr. Alicia Drais-Parrillo
Flipd is a platform that helps reduce digital distractions and phone use during class. Not surprisingly, however, educators using Flipd have discovered that it can also help shape and change behavior well beyond the lecture hall. One such person is Dr. Alicia Drais-Parrillo, a psychology professor at Penn State University, who has been using Flipd with hundreds of students for the last three semesters and closely observing its impact.
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Getting Started With Flipd: A Guide For Educators
Jump to Taking Attendance and Polling With Flipd Cellphone distractions have become a reality in today's learning environment. While most students want to pay attention in class, disruptive notifications, cleverly-designed apps, and distractions from peers frequently pull a student's attention away. With a powerful influence on our lives, checking our devices has become so habitual that it's more often automatic and unintentional than not. So, what is Flipd? Flipd uses behavioral economics to nudge students to pay better attention by encouraging them to remain off of their phones. In addition, the platform provides educators with powerful data and tools they can use to improve long-term engagement and make more informed teaching decisions throughout the year. How Flipd works At the beginning of your lesson, students are notified to Flip Off their devices. Then, until the end of class, students make the conscious and intentional choice to remain off of their devices. If at any point a student decides to check their phone, Flipd will remind them to return to a Flipd Off state. If the student does not re-enable Flipd, their phone will be accessible and the student will be aware that they've made the decision to use their phone during class. After class is over, a detailed report is made available for you on the Flipd web-dashboard, illustrating how much time each student was Flipd Off during the lecture. This information can help you gather valuable lecture insights around engagement and participation. For example, the data Flipd collects lets you gather information like which lectures were more engaging than others or at what point in the lecture students are becoming disengaged. Additionally, many educators on our platform use Flipd to allocate additional credit or award other incentives based on student activity.  What's the benefit? Educators benefit from gaining insights about their learning environment and student engagement. For example, if you notice that students are on average using Flipd for only the first 30 minutes of a 1 hour class, that could suggest that the material gets heavy in the second half of the lecture and students are more likely to check out. In addition to improving their attention and listening skills, Flipd teaches digital citizenship and wellness by helping students become more intentional and mindful technology users. With Flipd, students are more aware of their phone habits, which can positively impact other times in their lives when they might tend to use their electronic devices unintentionally. In addition to improving their attention and listening skills, Flipd teaches digital citizenship by helping students become more intentional and mindful technology users. 1. How to register
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The Case Against Laptops In The Classroom (Plus Phones And Other Distracting Devices)
As the holidays approach, so does exam season for students across North America. By now, educators hope (and expect) that students have learned everything needed in order to succeed, which means that they must comprehend the course material in addition to the notes they took throughout the semester. But for most students nowadays, these notes live on a laptop, and there is growing evidence that typewritten notes may not be what's best for students.  So, we ask — are your students really as prepared as they could be?