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Best Flipgrid Tips and Tricks for Teachers and Students

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The best Flipgrid tips and tricks could help you engage better, which means getting far more out of this online video discussion tool. So you've come to the right place if the best possible remote learning experience is what you want.

While Flipgrid is a fantastic video discussion tool for class, thanks to its minimalist and easy-to-use layout, it's also got depth. With a whole host of optional settings and user-generated content, it's possible to create a more effective Flipgrid experience if you know how. That's where the best Flipgrid tips come in.

From creating more engaging videos and offering rich content, such as annotated graphs, to more safely managing contributions and maintaining student confidence when using the platform, there's plenty to work with.

Here are some of the best Flipgrid tips and tricks for students and teachers. 

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Flipgrid Tips: Hit Pause to Create Stop-Motion Videos

As our first in the list of Flipgrid tips let's took at videos. A great way to use Flipgrid in a slightly different way is to utilize that pause button. By doing this it allows the student, or teacher, time to rearrange whatever is being recorded. That means you can, effectively, build up a collection of individual images that can be compiled into a single stop-motion video.

For class, this is a great tool that can allow a student to show the stages and hard work of a project as it develops. 

This can apply to science projects, design and build work, art, even math. The possibilities are broad, and by introducing the idea to students, it's a great way to let them be creative and perhaps come up with something totally new. 

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Flipgrid Tips: Use WeeklyHits in the Flipgrid Disco Library

The Flipgrid Disco Library, unfortunately, has nothing to do with glitter balls. But it does have a lot to do with that library part, in particular, the video templates stored here, and lots of them! While these are great for sparking ideas, creating a new topic, and helping broaden your offerings, there's a lot to get through.

This is why the #FlipgridWeeklyHits is worth using. It shows the top 50 topic templates that you might be interested in, making for a professional learning network of sorts for teachers, providing great ideas to work with and share.

To use a template you like, simply select the grid you want it to go in and it will be added right away. Or you can select "Add" to "Favs" (yup, that's the correct spelling here) and you'll be able to find it easily in your "Favs" list anytime you need it. One of our favorite Flipgrid tips.

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Flipgrid Tips: Get Organized by Using MixTapes

A Flipgrid MixTape is a collection of videos that you've curated and collated for quick access. Unlike Favs, which is more of a folder of videos, this is a mix that you can share as a single video. This makes for a great study aid or glossary for students, ideal if studying for a test.

MixTape also works well as a way of sharing ideas with other teachers, such as showing how a district-wide strategy is being implemented in a particular class and the results.

To build a mixtape, simply create a new MixTapes template. Then go to the video you want, right-click for the "Actions" button, select "Add" to MixTapes, then pick the mixtape you want to add it to, and select "Add." Done. Then you can share it using a URL, QR code, embed code, Google Classroom, or Remind.

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Flipgrid Tips: Communicate Better in Flipgrid with Shorts

Shorts are, as the name suggests, quick videos that are under three minutes in length. These work as a useful way to communicate face-to-face or with a video guide, rather than in writing, which can make it more engaging. From introducing a lesson to sending a note to parents, there's lots to be done with Shorts.

Despite being shorter in length, these videos are still rich with potential as you can use filters, stickers, and text, and even draw on the video. An option allows live inking, which lets you take a student through an equation or drawing on a whiteboard or blackboard. 

Another Flipgrid tips feature? You can share these videos directly via URL, embed code, QR code, Google Classroom, Remind, or download to share using Google Drive or YouTube.

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Flipgrid Tips: Have a Student of the Week on Flipgrid

If you have a student of the week system in place, it can be easily adapted to for Flipgrid. If you don't, then this is your chance to get involved. 

For example, you simply select a student of the week and then task the others in class with sending that student videos of why they are a valued member of the class or community. 

Not only does this give the students the freedom to be creative but it also helps build bonds between classmates and helps grow confidence. 

Luke Edwards is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering tech, science, and health. He writes for many publications covering health tech, software and apps, digital teaching tools, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and much more.