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 take attendance, send class messages, make more informed teaching decisions and ultimately improve long-term engagement.

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How Flipd works

At the beginning of your lesson, students are notified to Flip Off their devices. From 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.

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After class is over, a detailed report can be found on your Dashboard, illustrating how much time each student was engaged during the lecture, who attended, and other metrics that you may be tracking. This data will help you gain valuable lecture insights around engagement and participation.

The benefit to educators and students

Educators benefit from a more positive, engaged, and distraction-free learning environment. For students, Flipd helps improve their attention, learning skills, and teaches digital wellness by helping students become more intentional and mindful technology users. 

How to Get Started

1. Register a new account

If you are new to the Flipd dashboard, visit flipdapp.co/educators and select Get Free Account, or Login for existing customers. For new registered customers, sign in with your full name and an email address that you use often, in case we need to send you important notifications, reports, or anything else to your inbox. 

2. Browse the sample class

Once logged in, you can browse the sample "Flipd 101" class to see how the dashboard works. Feel free to explore all of the features such as Attendance, Messages, Student Data, and Polling to get a better understanding of your dashboard. 

This is a sample class, but yours will look similar as your semester progresses. 

3. Create your first class

Inside your registered Flipd account, select Create a Class in the left navigation bar. The following steps will take through a class creation flow. It's important that you enter your class information correctly, including the time of day and day(s) of the week that this class occurs. Flipd will only track your class based on the information you provide, so if it is incorrect, there may be some confusion with your class.

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.

4. Implement Flipd in your course

When you've registered, created a class, and received your new class code, it's time for your students to join your class. To ensure a smooth implementation, we recommend adding relevant Flipd information (expectations, extra credit, etc.) into your syllabus for easy referencing.

We wrote this article about implementation best practices plus a free syllabus template.

5. Understanding the Flipd dashboard

Your class and its unique Class Code will always be available by logging into the web-dashboard and heading to view your Classes. In the class Overview, the data you see illustrates patterns and trends around engagement and participation throughout the semester. If you're wondering if one lecture had lower engagement than another, or attendance was down one week, you'll easily see these insights on the Overview. 

This graph indicates a drop in attendance and engagement on October 11.

You can view data like this for each of your classes as well as specific student data and summary reports that are relevant to that class. For example, the sample student below struggled in the middle of the semester, then picked it back up later on.

Mackenzie (sample student) ended her semester attending 21 out of 24 classes and spending 90% of class time Flipd Off. 

6. Taking attendance

With Flipd, you can take attendance in a fun and creative way which has been found to increase attendance rates and engagement by as much as 20% in some classes. With Flipd Attendance, you can create a unique attendance code that is a word or number that's relevant to that specific lecture.

In this example, the attendance code for the October 2nd class is Sunspot. In order to check in, students will need to Flip Off their devices first, and then enter the code. 

7. Deliver a Pop Quiz to their device

With Flipd, you can quiz your students with a single multiple-choice style question that they must answer within 24-hours after the lesson. This feature lets you:

  • ask questions connecting to the lecture that just occurred
  • ask questions relevant to the next lecture
  • pose more thought-provoking questions that require deeper exploration 

8. 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 Messages to send short and long-form messages to their devices, including everything from brief announcements and notifications, to articles, links, and a variety of different materials that can be easily consumed on your student's devices. 

Read more about Flipd Messages here.

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Quickly send all types of messages, from articles to reminders, directly to their device with Flipd Messages.

9. Export your data to award points

Many instructors use Flipd to allocate extra credit or points. To do this easily, select the Export button on the Student Data section of the class to export the data to a CSV. You can do this multiple times throughout the duration of the course for the most up-to-date data. Once downloaded, you can also upload a CSV to an LMS like Canvas or Blackboard.

Read more about how other educators track points with Flipd.

Here's how to quickly export student data from your classes.
 

Ready to get started? Click below to register and view a sample class, or create your own. If you have questions, get in touch with our team.

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