Download Free Flipgrid for PC app – Windows 10, Mac
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Want to use the Flipgrid app on PC either as a student or a Teacher, in this article you will be guided on how to download the app on Windows and Mac PCs
What is FlipGrid?
Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called “topics,” and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Grids can be shared with classes, small groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of topics and each topic can hold an unlimited number of responses. Topics can be text-based or include a resource such as an image, video, Giphy, emoji, or attachment.
Students can respond via the Flipgrid for PC app or website with any camera-enabled device or by uploading a previously recorded video. Responses can be 15 seconds to five minutes, and maximum recording time can be set. Teachers can also allow students to record replies to classmates’ responses. There are a variety of moderation features teachers can turn on or off per topic. The CoPilot feature allows more than one teacher to be a grid moderator. Teachers have access to a help center and two active teacher communities: Disco Library for sharing grid templates and GridPals for connecting with educators and classrooms around the world.
Using the Grids in Flipgrid
As mentioned above, while students create short videos around Topics, the primary structure of Flipgrid for Windows is the Grids themselves. Grids are like groups–you can create one for a class, a school, or district and ‘close’ them or make it open and ‘global.’ You can create Grids via the following methods and community types:
- School Email where students join the Grid using their Microsoft or Google school email
- Student ID where you create a list of student IDs to join your Grid (not in the European Union)
- PLCs & Public where you share your Grid with the public or some other ‘closed circuit’ group.
Privacy for Grids in Flipgrid
You can add a password so that your Grid can’t be joined and videos can’t be viewed with the password. Anyone with the Flip Code and Grid password (if activated) can join and view the videos on the Grid. Also, to record a video, participants will verify their email using Microsoft or Google.
You can also choose whether or nor the Topic is moderated or not, as well as other privacy levels, and ‘Launch/Freeze’ dates for your Topic, and more (including documents and links). Nothing on Flipgrid is public until you make it public. Only those with your class code can obtain access.
What you can do with It
Flipgrid has expanded many of its accessibility features to ensure that all students can participate. Students can use closed captioning when viewing videos, which also generates a full transcript for each video. Microsoft’s Immersive Reader can be used within both the closed captioning and any text within a topic to read the texts aloud and break up words into syllables for easier decoding.
Inviting outside speakers
Using Guest Mode, teachers can invite guest speakers to participate in classroom discussions. Guests can watch student videos and post their own videos. This option provides a way for experts in a field to share their knowledge asynchronously, with students posting videos of their questions for the expert to answer at a convenient time in a video response. STEM teachers, for example, could invite engineers or scientists to discuss their careers and research and to answer student questions.
A teacher can create a grid for student portfolios. Within this grid, the teacher creates a topic for each student, and students post videos explaining their work, demonstrating a recently learned skill, or reflecting on an in-class experience. The teacher can share the link to a student’s topic with their parents or guardians so they can view their child’s work throughout the year. Since the topics can also be available to every student in the class, students can observe their classmates’ work.
Supporting absent students
Flipgrid can be a catch-up solution for students who are absent. The teacher creates a topic for work completed in class, and if a student is absent during a given class period, one of their peers can post a quick video about what assignments were completed in class so the absent students can quickly learn about what they missed.
How to Install the Flipgrid app on Windows and Mac
- You will need an Android emulator on your PC, I will recommend BlueStacks or NoxPlayer
- Install the emulator by downloading the additional files
- The initial start-up will take some time
- Inside the emulator open the PlayStore app from the home screen app
- Search for the Flipgrid app, and click on the install button
- You will be asked to sign in using your Google ID, that is if you skipped the step initially