Tool Reviews



Watch overview videoFlipgrid Overview (5:02)


Flipgrid is a free video-based platform that can be embedded into a website and/or a learning management system.  Its purpose is to allow students to respond in video format to a learning activity posed by educators. Video responses by students are limited from 15 seconds – 5 minutes and each video posted is presented in a grid format.  Students can post their video responses using any camera accessible digital tool. Flipgrid also allows educators to assess, provide feedback, and include attachments to videos. Students may also respond via text to text questions posed. The video responses have accessibility features such as closed captions, immersive reader, and students can add characters, emojis, and graphics. The platform allows for more than one moderator, access to a help center, and access to a library of shared grid templates.

Justification for Using this Tool

Supports Constructivism Learning Theory

Flipgrid allows students to be active, reflective, and collaborative learners by creating short videos to demonstrate their learning (WNET/Education, 2004).

Supports ARCS Model of Motivational Design

When educators have students design videos either before, during or after a lesson as a learning activity, using the Flipgrid platform, it can stimulate students’ engagement and motivation to learn (Mobraw, 2020).

Supports Personalization Principle

Flipgrid supports the multimedia Personalization Principle of design as empirical research has shown that using printed and/or spoken conversational style of writing over formal style of writing is more effective, especially in the case of novice learners. Cognitive theories of multimedia communication research have proven that a user’s cognitive processes are further ignited and engaged when conversational style of communication is used as it simulates human to human conversation (Clark & Mayer, 2011).

Strategies for Use

Strategy 1 – Flipgrid Resource

Watch overview videoFlipgrid Resource (4:24)

Flipgrid has over 12,000 topic grids available in the Disco Library for educators to utilize for their web-based learning modules.

Strategy 2 – Flipgrid App and Flipgrid Twitter

Watch overview videoFlipgrid App & Flipgrid Twitter (2:20)

Flipgrid’s App and Twitter promote social engagement, collaboration, and is pedagogically beneficial to both educators and students.

Helpful Resources

Resource 1 – Getting Started with Flipgrid Guide

  • This online blog provides educators with the foundations of Flipgrid including step-by-step instructions on how to use this tool and lists all the resources available.

Resource 2 –  10 Ways to Use Flipgrid

  • An educator provides 10 tips on how to use Flipgrid as a tool and as a solution to teacher troubles.

Resource 3 – A Technological Review of Flipgrid

  • This article review’s Flipgrid as a social learning and engagement educational tool along with discussing its strengths and weaknesses.


Clark, R. C., & Mayer, R. E. (2011). Applying the Personalization Principle. In e-Learning and the science of instruction: proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning (chapter 9).  doi: 10.1002/9781118255971

Flipgrid (n.d.). [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Mobraw, C. (2020). ARCS Model of Motivational Design. In Power, R. (Ed.) E-Learning Essentials 2020. [eBook].  Retrieved from

Power, M. (November 2018).  Flipgrid. Pose questions, thoughtful video responses with stellar tool.  [Web page]. Common Sense Education. Retrieved from

Sweeney, G. (2019, September 9). What to know about Flipgrid. [Web page]. Softonic. Retrieved from

WNET/Education. (2004). Workshop: Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning. [Web page]. Concept to Classroom. Retrieved from


Submitted by: Charlene DiDanieli
Web Page: @CDiDanieli
Bio: A professor with over 13 years of teaching experience in a community college in Ontario.


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