Thu. Dec 7th, 2023
Five reasons to join Ontario Parks on Flip

Teachers: Get ready to meet your new best friend.

Flip is an educator’s dream. It is the perfect space for students to engage in meaningful discussions that will inspire your students to share their voice and creativity.

Ontario Parks is excited to be a Flip content partner to help you meet curriculum expectations in your classroom.

Here are five reasons why we think you should join us at Flip:

1. It’s free

Yes, you read that right: FREE!

Flip is a free, simple social learning video platform for educators, students, and families.

All you have to do is create an account using your Microsoft or Google account to get access to all the amazing free content Ontario Parks has created. Bring all of Ontario into your classroom with our Flip themes!

2. It is easy to use

Once you have created an account, you can start creating grids. Grids are like groups: you can create one for a class, a school, or a select number of students.

Within each grid, you can create messages called topics or, better yet, use one of the 150+ topics Ontario Parks has already created for you.

Screenshot of the Flipgrid home page.

Students and participants do not need an account, they simply use the code you provide to log in. Once logged in, students can post short video responses to prompts and respond to each other’s videos.

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Flip works in a web browser and is compatible with computers, tablets, and smartphones. All you need is your device, a camera and an internet connection.

3. It is accessible

Flip has been designed with accessibility in mind.

They recognize that students have different skill levels and have created tools such as video transcriptions and closed captioning to facilitate learning on the platform.

4. It is linked to the curriculum.

We have over 150 topics in the Ontario Parks Discovery Library, all designed to meet Ontario-specific curricular connections.

In fact, our topics are classified into curricular collections and can be further refined depending on the student’s grade.

Screenshot of themes on Flipgrid.

Many of our discussion topics include links to videos, Kahoot! quizzes, outdoor nature exploration activities, printable activity sheets and much more. We also have a large collection of French themes.

Don’t miss our collection of teacher resources, including PDF copies of our three Discovery activity books, available to download.

Child writing in the Discovery Activity Book.

Some of our discussion topics include:

We’re always adding new topics, so be sure to check back often.

Better yet, reach out if you have any specific topics you’d like to see.

5. Flip aims to “empower all voices”

Flip’s mission is to empower every student on the planet to share their voice and respect the diverse voices of others.

Child holding insect content.

Flip Platform:

  • provides each student with an equal voice in a safe space, so that disengaged voices are heard
  • gives students more discussion time to explore and develop their ideas
  • allows creative expression
  • It uses the popular short video format, which allows students to communicate and learn through a medium they are familiar with.
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Go beyond the blackboard

Flip failed to make it easier for teachers to access our engaging discussion topics and support the development of environmentally active and responsible citizens.

Discovery staff across the province offer in-person programs linked to the curriculum at your school or in a park, as well as a suite of virtual field trips. Check out our Discovery Programs page for more self-guided activities or to book a staff-led school program.

Join us today!