Easy Video- Don’t Flip Out!

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Need your students to have a voice? Let them record their authentic learning digitally and share with others. Social interactions and learning is amplified when using Flipgrid. Learn more about Flipgrid by watching the video introduction.

Students will:

  • Be able to create a video within a Flipgrid Topic that demonstrates their learning.
  • Be able to interact to classmates’ videos within the topic given.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Topic: The topic is what your video should be about or focused on.
  2. Record: To record is when your device (iPad, Chromebook, computer) captures your live actions, your voice, and/or both.

  3. Grid: A grid is lines that cross each other to form squares. For Flipgrid, many videos together form a grid about the same topic.

  4. Selfie: A selfie is a picture of yourself to have as the front cover of your video.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • The teacher must use an internet browser to create a new topic for a Flipgrid. All devices allow for the creation of videos via the Flipgrid App or Website.
  • Watch this video to learn how to use Flipgrid. 
  • The teacher uses Google account or other credentials and sign up for a free Flipgrid account.
  • The teacher will follow on screen prompts to answer questions about their teaching position.
  • The teacher is brought to the screen that says, “My Grids.”
  • Use the +New Grid button to create a new grid. This grid will be the only one for your classroom. When titling your grid, use a name like, “Mrs. Smith’s Class.” With the FREE version, you can have only one grid, but as many topics within that grid as you would like.
  • After titling your classroom grid, there are many other options to personalize. When finished click “Create Grid.”( You get 1 Grid for FREE)
  • Next, you will be prompted to create a topic for your grid. This topic is an assignment within your classroom. Click “Create a topic” and title your assignment. (You can have as many topics in your class for FREE as desired).
  • Continue to add information about your topic and then, “Create Topic.”
  • You then receive a pop-up with your Topic code and Grid code.
  • Share your TOPIC CODE with your students to let them access only this assignment. If you want your students to access the entire grid, share the GRID CODE.
  • Once students have to Topic Code, they are able to type it in the code box on the app or website and begin their task.

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Have you ever taken a selfie or recorded a video of yourself?

  1. The teacher will say, "Today you are going to create a video to share what you have learned with your classmates".
  2. Direct students to Flipgrid website or app.
  3. Have students type in your Topic or Grid Code (See pre-planning).
  4. Say, "You have now entered our classroom Flipgrid. This tool makes a grid of videos from our classroom that shows what we have learned. Everyone will create their own video".
  5. Directions: Students will have a given amount of time (determined when the topic was created) to tell what they have learned about a topic. Have students touch or click the green circle “add” button to make their video. (Make sure student devices are set up to allow the use of the camera and microphone).
  6. Students press the red camera button to record their video and then the red pause to stop at any time. They can continue recording from where they left off, or delete their video and start over. Give students three-five minutes to record their video. Ask them to not go any further once they have finished recording.
  7. When everyone has finished recording, have students select the green arrow for the next step, reviewing the video. Once students have reviewed their video, they can click the green arrow to continue.
  8. Next, students must take a selfie to serve as the thumbnail for their video. This is the picture that will show in the classroom topic. Students can then decorate their selfie with the provided stickers and then press the green arrow to continue.
  9. Lastly, students are given a screen to enter their information. Students do not have to completely fill this in. They may just type their first and last name, or first name last initial, and then press submit.
  10. Students have now submitted their video to the topic. Once they select complete, they will be taken back to the videos for that topic. (If you set your topic up to have responses moderated by the teacher, you may have to log in and approve the responses for students to see).
  11. Direct students to watch other videos that were submitted and react by selecting the provided options (heart, light bulb, think face, rocket, cool face). The provided options may be explained to students or associated with a rubric that students create. For example, the light bulb could mean that after watching the video, the student had a thought to share.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Students will show their mastery by providing their authentic opinion, debates, and or feelings through the Flipgrid portal focused on the specific topic proposed by the teacher, and react to other students’ videos. The teacher can observe student video submissions and reactions via the teacher portal.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Global Collaborator
7b. With guidance from an educator, students use technology tools to work with friends and with people outside their neighborhood, city and beyond.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:
Android App - (For responses only)

iOS App - (For responses only)


How to Use Flipgrid with Students




  • Create book reviews about books in their reading box and give a recommendation to their classmates.
  • Students record themselves saying rhyming words with the word ending the teacher provides in the topic.


  • PE: Students demonstrate how to throw a football or do a physical activity from start to finish.
  • Art: Explain how they drew or crafted a project.
  • Music: Students demonstrate their understanding of rhythm by recording different beats for their classmates.


  • Have students demonstrate their counting skills by counting by 1’s, 5’s, 10’s.
  • Students demonstrate how to solve simple math problems with objects in the video.


  • Have the student explain their understanding of weather, seasons, and other topics.
  • Students can create a model then use Flipgrid to explain that model. Think water cycle or cycle of a tree/plant.

Students explain their understanding of their role in a community and how their role impacts the rest of society.

This task card was created by Jeremie Coplin & Lacey Khon, Kalamazoo RESA, February 2018.