Flipgrid is replacing VoiceThread as UA’s video discussion tool
Flipgrid offers a modern, fun, and accessible video discussion option for UA instructors and students, ideal for engaging students asynchronously. Flipgrid can be embedded in a Blackboard course or viewed from a browser or the Flipgrid app. Students, faculty, and staff have free access to Flipgrid through their Microsoft O365 license.
Effective for the Fall 2021 semester, VoiceThread will no longer be available to UA students, faculty or staff. If you previously used VoiceThread for recorded lectures, you can export that content and upload into Panopto, then share it as a link in Flipgrid.
Get Started with Flipgrid
See what Flipgrid is all about! Check out the video below and visit Flipgrid’s getting started webpage.
Create Your Account
To get started, visit flipgrid.com and click the Educator Sign up button.
Students, faculty and staff can login with their Microsoft O365 account.
Enter your myBamausername@ua.edu email address or Crimson email address and password to sign in.
A step-by-step guide with more information on how to create an account, create groups and topics, and record video is available. Flipgrid works on almost any device with a camera. See the full list and specs.
A great video tutorial from EdTech Cafe explains all you need to know to get started using Flipgrid today!
Groups and Topics
- Groups allows you to organize Topics under one Join Code, so your learners have access to all the Topics you’ve put into that Group. Think of a Group as a class, ie BIO 101, ENG 102. Think of Topics as the Assignments within the Group.
- Topics are your questions, reflections or assignments for a discussion. Simply create a Topic, set Permissions, and share with your community.
Visit Flipgrid’s website to see more about the difference between Topics and Groups. Flipgrid also has information regarding when and how to use Topics and Groups. If you’re planning to use multiple Topics to engage your community, you can create a Group to provide a single access point to your Flipgrid Topics.
Instructors create Topics and Groups to invite students, peers, families, and communities to participate in Flipgrid. Visit the Flipgrid website for step-by-step instructions on how students can join Topics and Groups.
Creating Flipgrid Recordings
The Flipgrid Camera Features and Effects – The camera allows students to share their voices and ideas creatively using a variety of features.
Creators Guide to Flipgrid Camera – Quick videos walking through Flipgrid camera options
Record a Presentation with Screen Recording – Record presentations using other programs with Flipgrid’s screen recorder feature. Just record your screen, narrate, and submit to Flipgrid!
Record Audio Only Videos – Mic Only mode allows users to create Flipgrids without recording video. You can still add effects like emojis and frames, as you would in a normal video.
Record Without Audio – Record video without audio to eliminate distracting background noise, such as if you’re using on-screen cues instead of voice narration.
Attach Files, Articles and More – Add a link to your response on the final step of the recording process to share a document stored in the cloud, a website, or article.
Manage Video Responses and Comments
Replying with a Text Comment – Instructors can post text comments publicly to share with the class or post privately for personal feedback to the learner.
Activity Dashboard – Manage all video responses and comments that have been posted to any of your topics.
Flipgrid has apps available for iOS, Android and Chrome.
- Flipgrid App for iOS (Apple)
- Flipgrid App for Android
- Flipgrid Browser Extension for Chrome and Edge
Flipgrid Resources for Students
Flipgrid has tutorials and guidance to help students understand and use Flipgrid.
- Getting Started with Flipgrid for Students
- How to join a topic or group
- View Instructor Feedback – Students can go to my.flipgrid.com to view private feedback from instructors on their videos, as well as view videos they’ve recorded and access Topics and Groups they have joined in the past.
- Visit the Flipgrid website to see more about Student Privacy.
- Flipgrid Troubleshooting for Students