Suggested audience: learners, school staff, school digital champions.

Flip is an online video discussion platform from Microsoft that helps teachers see and hear from every learner in class and foster a fun and supportive social learning environment. In Flip, teachers post discussion prompts and learners respond with short videos, whether they are learning in class or at home.

Flip is available to all school staff, local authority and regional education consortia Hwb users, supply teachers and learners as part of Hwb Additional Services.

Option 1: Accessing Flip using a browser


First time logging in:

  1. Login to Hwb
  2. Click the Flip tile.
  3. If this is your first visit to Flip you will be prompted to create an Educator login.
  4. Choose Sign up with Microsoft
  5. Complete your detail
  6. Click Let’s go

Already signed up as Flip educator:

  1. Login to Hwb
  2. Click the Flip tile
  3. You will be taken straight to your groups area


Learners do not need to sign up for a Flip account.  Teachers can provide learners with a Join code which learners use to access the video group.

  1. Login to Hwb
  2. Click the Flip tile
  3. Enter the Join code your teacher has given you
  4. Choose Log in with Microsoft
  5. You should be taken directly in to your teacher’s video group.

Option 2: Accessing Flip using a mobile device.

To access Flip on mobile device (tablet or smartphone) you will need to download the free Flip app.  The app is available for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices.


  1. Launch the app
  2. Choose Educator
  3. Allow the app to access your camera and microphone
  4. If this is your first visit to Flip you will need to choose the option to create an educator login.
  5. Enter a Flip code or choose Educator to access your teacher group area.
  6. Choose Microsoft login
  7. Login using your Hwb username and password


  1. Launch the app
  2. Choose Student
  3. Enter the Join Code from your teacher
  4. Choose Log in with Microsoft
  5. Enter your Hwb username and password

1. Create a group for your class.
Within your Group you will post discussion prompts for your students, called Topics, which serve as the stimulus for your learner’s video Responses.

2. Create a ‘Join Code’. 
Learners will use this code to access your grid, so try to make it easy to remember.

When you set up your Group, you will choose how learners can access by selecting a Group Community Type.

  • Student Email: choose this option to allow only those with usernames to access your Group
    You must also add ‘’ to the ‘Add school email’ section to ensure all of your learners will be able to access your group
  • Student username: Students will join the Group by using a unique student ID of your choosing, which can be as simple as 2+ letters or numbers
  • Google Classroom: select this option, login with your Hwb username and allow access.  You can then select a class from your Google classroom

3. Add Topics
Topics are the stimulus for conversation. Within your Topic you can include anything you would like your learners to review prior to recording a video Response, such as videos and links.

4. Share your Group and collect videos from your learners
Once you have set up your Group and created your first Topic, share your Group’s Join Code with your learners. You can copy/paste a link to your Group in Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or whatever you use to communicate with your class.

That’s it! Your class is now ready to go with Flip!

  1. Click the pencil icon on the group you would like to edit
  2. Scroll down to see the options for notifications, captions and more.
  3. Personalise your group with your own cover image.
  4. Click Update group
  5. You will now be inside your group details. Here you can add a co-pilot – invite another teacher to help you moderate your grid by adding in their Hwb email address.  Note, they will need to be signed up as a Flip educator before they can be a co-pilot in your group.


  • As with every virtual online learning space, you must always add another education practitioner for safeguarding purposes.
  • It is important that the Group owner takes responsibility for adding and removing other staff members as appropriate.

Add a topic within a group

Once inside your group details you will see the option to Add new topic.

  1. Choose a topic title
  2. Add instructions, success criteria or general prompts for learners
  3. Set the recording time (15 seconds up to 10 minutes)
  4. Toggle the Video moderation switch to On to ensure videos are hidden from learners until you activate them
  5. Optional: add a media source to support your learners
  6. Select More options to attach resources for learners and to access additional topic settings, such as choosing which video features are switched on or off for learners, including the option for learners to record video responses to other learner’s videos
  7. Choose Create topic

Edit a topic

  1. Click on the group containing the topic you would like to edit
  2. Click the pencil icon on the topic you would like to edit.
  3. Update your topic settings, including video features.
  4. Choose Update topic.


  • You should ensure Video Moderation is toggled to On.  If moderated, videos will be hidden from learners until you activate them.
  1. Click the pencil icon on the grid you would like to delete
  2. The delete button should be visible in the bottom left corner.

Changing the Group visibility

  1. Click the pencil icon on the group you would like to edit
  2. Scroll down to Features.
  3. Toggle to make your grid Active or Hidden.  Hidden groups are not accessible to learners.


  • Teachers should ensure they delete groups they no longer require.

Teachers can select ‘MixTapes’ to add any video response from any of your groups into one ‘MixTape’.

Teachers can set the order they want responses to play in.
MixTapes are view-only and can be shared anywhere.

Creating a MixTape from within a Topic

  1. Navigate to the topic.
  2. Select any Response you want to add to a MixTape.
  3. Use the Actions dropdown menu and click Add to MixTape.
  4. Hit Create!

Creating a MixTape from within your Educator admin area

  1. In your Educator Admin, you can choose to select the MixTapes feature at the top of your screen.
  2. Choose Add New MixTape and fill in your details to create a new MixTape.
  3. Add videos by using the Actions dropdown or the MixTape cassette icon when viewing a Response.