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Take Attendance With Flipd: The Best Icebreaker
This school year, we've introduced an exciting new feature that lets you to take attendance easily and creatively with Flipd. This feature takes some flipped and blended learning strategies that help engage students as class begins.
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How To Use Flipd For Class (For Students)
What's in this guide? 1. Login and setup 2. Joining a new class 3. How to Flip Off for class 4. How to stay Flipd Off 1. Login and setup Download Flipd from the App Store or Google Play. Once installed on your phone, open Flipd and login by email or with your Facebook or Google account.  Note: If you've signed up with your email address, you will receive a verification email message. Open this email on your phone within 30 minutes of receiving it. If 30 minutes has passed, you will see an error and you will need to go back to the Flipd sign up screen and sign in with your email address again to receive a new email.  2. Joining a new class Once logged in, hit the search icon to join your class. Type the 5-digit code provided by your professor into the search bar to find your class. If you've typed it correctly, the class will appear like it does below.   When you see your class listed, tap it to join it. Once joined, you will see a pop-up that says you've successfully joined the class.  Note: Joining a class requires WiFi or good network connection and can take a second to successfully load if the connection is weak.  Once you've joined your class successfully, you will be able to see this new class listed in your Classes. You can also view the details of this class by tapping on it. If you've joined the wrong class, or you no longer want to be part of your class, you can select to leave it. Leaving a class will not impact your time saved. Note: If you have trouble joining your class group or viewing it correctly, please send a message to info@flipdapp.co. 3. How to Flip Off for class When you get to class, open Flipd and tap Class on the home screen. You cannot begin your Flipd session until 5 minutes before class begins. If you try to begin too early, you'll get the error message like the third image below. When class is about to begin in five minutes or less, or if it has already started, tap the FLIP OFF button and confirm by tapping Flip Off Now. The Flipd lock screen will appear and begin counting down the session.  Note: If your professor is using Flipd Attendance, tap Check In to be counted present. You'll need the correct code of the day to confirm your attendance. 4. How to stay Flipd Off Staying Flipd Off for the lecture means that you do not leave the Flipd lock screen until the time 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.  Note: If you don't come back to Flipd within 10 seconds, the timer will expire. You can always start it again, but every minute you spend outside of Flipd will be measured in your Stats.   Quick 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. You can also use Flipd outside of class to stay focused while you study! Questions? Shoot a message to info@flipdapp.co with your class details, email address linked to the Flipd account, and any relevant details or screenshots related to your issue. Our support team is usually available to help within 24 hours or less. 
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Boredom In The Classroom: A Symptom Of A Bigger Problem In Higher Education?
Boredom – it's a growing problem that's competing with the college curriculum, and one that has given way to a breed of new technologies and educational engagement strategies that claim to evade the classroom of its presence. But a debate has emerged around whether technology is distracting students, is the college undergraduate curriculum too overwhelming given our modern advancements, or is student boredom a symptom of a larger issue facing higher education?
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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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5 Strategies To Improve Student Engagement (With Less Technology)
In the modern classroom, keeping students engaged comes with new challenges that past eras of teaching did not have to face. More specifically, digital distractions — incoming texts, alluring social media, and 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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Should Phones Be Allowed In School?
Have you considered a cell phone ban in your classroom or school? You're not alone if you have. This year, a number of schools moved toward banning electronic devices on campus, while a University of Nebraska survey found that 7 out of 10 college students reported their professors had some kind of cell phone policy implemented in their classroom.
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Digital Citizenship Cheat Sheet: 5 Important Steps For Teachers
The Obama Foundation recently announced that digital citizenship is one of its top initiatives for education. But what does it mean and how can teachers teach students to be good digital citizens?
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5 Meaningful Ways To Enhance Learning With Technology
Technology in education is a hotly debated issue, with experts, parents, teachers, and students weighing in every day. But less frequently discussed is how technology’s design can impact students and influence their behavior.
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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.