Flipd Blog

It’s about balance. Block distractions, stay focused.

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5 Ways To Engage Increasingly Distracted Students
Today's fast-paced innovation is putting pressure on the human brain in more ways now than in all of human history. Our attention spans are shortening, mankind's propensity to multi-task is at an all-time high, and technology designers know exactly how to keep us in an endless loop that's made focusing more difficult than ever.
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Technology Addiction (And Why You Should Have A Tech-Free Classroom)
A recent addiction study found that an “uncontrollable need” to use smartphones is on the rise among young people. Out of 3000 adults surveyed, one fifth of those aged 18–29 showed signs of “moderate to severe problematic use” of their devices, compared with only 2.2 percent of those over the age of 30.
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Should Students Have Cell Phones In School?
Have you considered a cell phone ban in your classroom or school? You're not the only one; many educators teaching at varying levels have, at some point, considered it or implemented one.
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Designing The Future Of EdTech: Chat With Pamela Pavliscak
Technology is changing the world of education, but could it be doing a better job? Pamela Pavliscak,  a sought-after expert and advisor on emotion and technology, shares her thoughts on our relationship with technology, where technology needs to be to enhance education, and how we can use technology more positively.
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Implementing Technology In The Classroom: Syllabus Template
When implementing any technology into your classroom, it's important that you outline your expectations clearly. What's the purpose of this technology? Is there an incentive to use it? How will students be expected to use the technology before, during, or after class?
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Best Tools For Measuring Classroom Engagement
Tools that measure audience engagement are abundant on the internet— sites like Google Analytics measure how long we spend on a website, which pages pique interest more than others, and what content engages its readers most effectively.
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Active Listening (and Why It's A Skill You Need)
As a former college student, I remember one morning arriving to class a few minutes before it began. Taking a seat with a coffee in hand, I unfolded the newspaper I'd picked up on the subway ride over and began reading — it was 2010 and I didn't consume news on my phone yet. Class started, of course, but I didn't look up from the paper until my teacher loudly repeated, for a second time, that I put it away.
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5 Ways To Improve Student Engagement (Without Technology)
In the modern classroom, keeping students engaged comes with new challenges that past eras of teaching did not have to face. Digital distractions in particular — incoming texts, alluring social media, irrelevant web-browsing — are pulling attention away at a rate unparalleled by passing notes, whispering to your neighour, or simple daydreaming.
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Getting Started With Flipd: For Educators
What is Flipd? Cellphone distractions are an unfortunate reality in today's learning environment. While most students want to pay attention in class, disruptive notifications and well-designed apps cleverly and unintentionally 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. This is why we created Flipd. Flipd is a tool that teaches students to single-task by encouraging them to stay off of their phones during class. How Flipd works At the beginning of your lecture, students are notified to enable the Flipd app. Until the end of your lecture, students then make the conscious and intentional choice to remain off of their devices. If at any point a student does decide 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 will be made available to educators on the Flipd web-dashboard, illustrating how much time each student was either Flipd On or Off during the lecture. This information is used to give educators valuable insights on engagement, participation, and other lecture insights, and some educators on our platform use Flipd to allocate additional credit or award points for their students. What's the benefit? In addition to improving their attention and listening skills, Flipd teaches students to become more intentional and productive 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 phones inappropriately. Educators benefit from gaining insights about their learning environment and participation. For example, if an instructor notices that the Average Time Flipd Off is less than 30 minutes during a 1 hour class, that suggests that perhaps the material gets heavy in the second half of the lecture. These kinds of insights and benefits are unique to the Flipd experience. How to register