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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?
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Should Phones Be Allowed In School? Let's Weigh The Pros And Cons
Are you considering banning phones in your classroom or school? Consider trying Flipd, an alternative solution that incorporates technology while encouraging students to unplug from their devices. 
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3 Strategies For Teaching Digital Wellness In Higher Education
Every semester, professor Dr. Josie Ahlquist challenges her Leadership in the Digital Age students at Florida State University with a unique task. “Unplug from social-based platforms for 7 days,” she says to a class of hesitant college students. Allowing room for negotiation, Dr. Ahlquist has seen her challenges run for as few as two days and as many as seven, and she requests that students document their experience throughout. The results showcase a facinating journey of self-discovery and reflection as these students shed social media for the duration of the challenge. 
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Poll Students After Class With Flipd Poll
Jump to  How To Use Flipd Poll See Example of Activity With Flipd Poll or  Example of Feedback With Flipd Poll As a means to engage students during class and provide instantaneous feedback around student learning, interactive polling has become a classroom staple. And it's no surprise; in a world where instant gratification and immediate replies are expected, it feels right to have a classroom response system that asks students questions and requires immediate responses in real-time.
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Take Attendance With Flipd: The Best Icebreaker For Students
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)
Check out Flipd FAQ or jump to: 1. Login and setup 2. Joining a new class 3. Check in and Attendance  4. How to Flip Off for class 5. 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. If you're having trouble logging in, read this FAQ answer.  2. Joining a new class Once logged in, tap the 🎓 icon and search join for your class with 5-digit code provided by your professor . If you've typed it correctly, the class will appear like it does in the image below. When you see your class there, tap Join, and you'll get a pop-up that says you've successfully joined the class. Once you've joined your class successfully, you will be able to see this new class listed in your Classes. Tip: Joining a class requires WiFi or good network connection and can take a second to successfully load if the connection is weak. Read this FAQ answer if you're having trouble joining your class.  3. How to Flip Off for class When you get to class, open Flipd and tap Class on the home screen. You can't 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 again. The Flipd lock screen will appear and begin counting down the class session.  Taking Attendance  If your professor is using Flipd Attendance, Flip Off first and then tap Check In to be counted as present. You'll need the correct attendance code of the day to successfully confirm your attendance. You can check in at any point during the class to be marked as present. Tip: You'll need the correct attendance code of the day to confirm your attendance. If you don't know the attendance code, ask your professor.  4. How to stay Flipd Off Staying Flipd Off for the lecture means that you remain in the Flipd lock 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 timer will expire. You can always start it again, but every minute you spend outside of Flipd will be measured in your progress.   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! Questions? Check out our FAQ Knowledge Base to find answers. If you can't find what your looking for, chat with us in the app or send a message to info@flipdapp.co with your any relevant details or screenshots related to your issue. Our support team usually responds within 1 business day 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?