Getting Started With Flipd: A Guide For Educators

  • Flipd Staff
  • 05 June 2019
  • 05:00 PM

Digital 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 phones has become so habitual that it's more often automatic and unintentional than not.

What is Flipd

Flipd uses behavioral economics to nudge students to pay better attention by encouraging them to remain off of their phones. Flipd also provides educators with powerful data and tools they can use to improve long-term engagement and make more informed teaching decisions throughout the year.

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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 phones. 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 chooses not to 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 use Flipd to allocate additional credit or award other incentives based on student participation. 

The benefit to educators and students

Educators benefit from a positive learning environment, as well as gaining insights around student engagement. For students, Flipd helps improve their attention and listening skills, but it also teaches digital wellness by helping students become more intentional and mindful technology users. With Flipd, students become 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. Register an account

If you're new to Flipd, create a free account here. Be sure to sign up with an email address that you use often in case we need to send you important information. 

2. Create your first class

Inside your new Flipd account, select Classes and then Create a Class. It's important that you fill out your class information correctly, especially the time of day and days of the week that this class occurs. Flipd will only track your class based on the information provided. 

Once you've successfully created a class, you'll receive a unique Class Code for that class. This code will be required in order for your students to join the class.

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3. Implementing Flipd in your course

When you've registered, created a class, and received your new class codes, it's time for your students to join your classes. We recommend implementing Flipd information into your syllabus for easy referencing with some help from this template resource here

4. Using the Flipd dashboard

Your classes and their unique Class Codes will always be available by logging into the web-dashboard and selecting your Classes.

You can view each class one at a time and see specific student data and summary reports, or you can edit and make changes to the class under Settings. You can also view a full summary of your classes in the Overview.

You can use the information you see in the Overview or in each class to learn patterns and trends around engagement and participation throughout the semester. Are you wondering if one lecture had lower engagement than another, or perhaps students are more likely to "check out" in the last 15 minutes? These are the types of insights you can gather from data Flipd collects and displays on your dashboard.

5. Taking attendance

You can also take attendance easily and creatively with Flipd. This feature takes some flipped and blended learning strategies that help engage students as class begins. Learn more about Flipd Attendance in this article

6. Conduct a Flipd Poll for after-class polling

Use Flipd to poll your students after the lesson is over. This feature lets you add questions in real-time, ask students to perform activities after class, or pose more thought-provoking questions that require deeper exploration. Learn more about Flipd Poll here. 

7. Send messages and track views

Use Flipd Messages to send important messages to your class and keep track of how many students are reading them. You can use Flipd Messages to send short and long-form messages, including everything from brief announcements, to articles, resources, and a variety of different materials that can be easily consumed on your student's devices. Read more about Flipd Messages here.

8. Export your data to award points

Many educators using Flipd track attendance and how much time their students spend Flipd Off throughout the semester in exchange for points. From the dashboard, you can select the Export button to export your data from a specific class to a CSV. This article details how other educators track points this successfully, as well as other key tips we recommend. 


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