Best Flippity Tips and Tricks for Teachers

Best Flippity Tips and Tricks for Teachers
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Flippity (opens in new tab) is a free must-have tool for teachers both in the classroom and for remote learning. It effectively offers templates for Google Sheets, which make for a whole host of educational activities. 

From creating a quiz or scavenger hunt to playing bingo or tracking student progress, there's a Flippity template for lots of different needs. Since each is easily edited and personalized, these are great for any subject and age range.

Flippity also offers a wide community of users (opens in new tab) so there are plenty of pre-existing templates that can be accessed for quick lesson ideas. And since Flippity works via a web browser, it's easily accessible by nearly any device and can even be used offline.

While it is designed primarily for use with Google Sheets, there is also an option to create many of the activities purely online within the browser, by selecting the Skip the Spreadsheet tab.

Lots of educational activities and games are available with Flippity (opens in new tab)

To get the most out of Flippity in the classroom read on to discover the best Flippity tips and tricks for teachers.


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Create a scavenger hunt

The scavenger hunt is a great activity for use both in the classroom and for remote learning. Since it can be carried out on any device, it makes for a great at-home study task that can aid in learning for many subjects.

The standard template uses numbers-based math questions and history questions with answers required for each. It can also be copied and edited to offer other subject-specific results. 

You can include images, or if you want to get it done quickly, stick to words and it's easily personalized with a simply shared result. 


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Use the Flippity Random Name Picker

A great way to ensure you're involving the whole class evenly is to use Flippity's Random Name Picker. Copy the template and edit it by inserting the names of your students. Then you're provided with a host of options.

Use it to decide who to pick next when asking a question by selecting the Single Name tab. Or create groups for break-out work using the Group tabs with varying numbers as needed. It can even be used to create a seating chart with randomized names from the group.

If it's a lineup you need, perhaps of who will present projects to the class, then this will do that, too – nicely randomized to keep it fair. The fact it's all presented on a fun color wheel that spins is just a really nice bonus.


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Use a Flippity Timeline to teach history

The Flippity Timeline template is a perfect way to present history with a resource that clearly lays out an overarching picture of what has happened. It allows the teacher to edit each date and add in as many or as few events as needed.

Each event can be selected to be expanded or shrunk, and can show information including words, images, and videos. It's a more vivid way to take a class through a timeline so they can more easily remember context. The resource is also available for them to return to and reference as they need. 

Think of it like a contents page in a book, only with previews too. For example, it can be used to layout the year's events ahead of time for students to refer to. Or, as a reference, adding information as the year goes on, so students can refer back.


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Create a self assessment using Flippity

The above image shows a self assessment to discover which Lord of the Rings character you are, but it can be useful in the class too. (Not that we're saying anything LOTR-related isn't useful, of course!) 

The Flippity Self Assessment allows teachers to present questions with multiple choice answers. By selecting a combination of certain answers, the student is revealed as falling into a certain category.

This can be used to determine if a student prefers to work alone or in groups, enjoys one subject over another, knows more about a certain topic than another, what they want to be when they're older, and so on. It really is only limited by the teacher's imagination – or their ability to find other examples already created online.


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Build a tournament using Flippity

Drawing out a tournament grid is one way to keep track of progress, sure. But using a Flippity version is so much easier by allowing you to input all the names then simply click the one who wins and their name will automatically appear at the next stage.

This tournament chart is good for sports events, sure, but it's also valuable for other competitive events in class, such as a spelling bee. When you have a winner, Flippity is also good to help you out with a certificate – but there's a catch.


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Earn a certificate of completion with Flippity

A great way to ensure students have completed a quiz task, and learned from it, is to award a certificate when they have all the answers correct. This, on Flippity, is laid out as a basic TV show quiz, but can easily be edited to suit the task being taught.

Since students are required to keep re-doing the quiz until they've got all the answers correct, it's a great way to use repetition to learn.

While this is laid out as a multiple choice quiz with six questions or so, we'd recommend keeping it short, with few multiple choice options, as it could be time-consuming and frustrating if a student has to keep re-doing one question they're struggling with.

These are all the Flippity options:

  • Flashcards
  • Quiz Show
  • Random NamePicker
  • Randomizer
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Board Game
  • Manipulatives
  • Badge Tracker
  • Leader Board
  • Typing Test
  • Spelling Words
  • Word Search
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Word Cloud
  • Fun with Words
  • MadLabs
  • Tournament Bracket
  • Certificate Quiz
  • Self Assessment

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