Step 1: Modify the Google Spreadsheet Template
- Make a copy of this template. (You'll need to sign-in with your Google account.)
- Change the information in the clue, hint, and answer columns.
- Hints are optional.
- Place an asterisk (*) in the answer column to accept any response as correct.
- Name your virtual breakout by changing the name of the worksheet (at the bottom).
- Do not edit any cell with a blue background.
Step 2: Publish Your Spreadsheet
- Go to File, Share, Publish to web, then click Publish.
Step 3: Get Your Flippity.net Link
- Click on the Get the Link Here tab of the template (at the bottom).
- Click on the Flippity.net link to view your virtual breakout.
Step 4: Bookmark and Share
- Bookmark the page to find it again quickly.
- Share the Flippity.net link with anyone you want to play your virtual breakout.
Frequently Asked Questions
What options are there?
- There are three main options you can configure on the Options tab.
- Choose whether or not to make answers case sensitive.
- Choose whether or not to force students to answer questions in sequential order.
- Choose whether or not to present the questions in random order.
- And you can customize the initial instructions, the hint warning, and the final message.
Can I assign a virtual breakout and have the results emailed to me?
- Yes, just add a valid email address in the Email Address line and edit the remaining prompts if you wish.
- As soon as a virtual breakout is finished, an email containing all the answers entered and the time elapsed will automatically be sent. There is no way to send a record of a partially completed virtual breakout.
- (Be sure you can receive emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Is it possible to use partial answers or multiple answers?
- Yes, use a wildcard (*) in the answer column to accept answers that begin with or end with certain letter combinations:
- *est will accept any response ending in "est" as correct.
- pre* will accept any response beginning with "pre" as correct.
- Use a pipe or vertical bar (|) to separate mulitple possible correct answers:
- Washington|Adams|Jefferson will accept either Washington, Adams, or Jefferson as correct
- Press Shift + backslash to type a pipe on a US keyboard. Backslash is above the enter key.
How can I add multimedia to my virtual breakout?
- In the appropriate cell, type [[Image: followed by the URL (address) of a picture you find on the web followed by ]].
- e.g. [[Image:https://flippity.net/images/triangle.png]]
- URLs must end in ".gif", ".png", ".jpg", ".jpeg", or ".webp".
- You cannot use Google Drive to store your images.
- You can use Google Drawings. Use the "Publish to the web…" link.
- Images are automatically resized.
- You may include text before or after the image.
- (Be sure you have the legal right to use each image.).
- YouTube Videos
- In the appropriate cell, type [[ followed by YouTube's "Share this video" link followed by ]].
- e.g. [[https://youtu.be/aboZctrHfK8]]
- You may include text before or after the video.
- In the appropriate cell, type [[Link: followed by the full URL of the link you want to visit followed by ]].
- e.g. [[Link:https://translate.google.com/]]
- You may include text before or after the link.
- Links will automatically open a new tab/window.
- Google Docs
- In the appropriate cell, type [[ then paste the link you're given after you "Publish to the web" followed by ]].
- e.g [[https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQzrmE3YR6zzD1vC7q1xCL13T9VXk720GYzJ1V6GJqAz_jEyu8-sIgZ4geVoRMJFaG5-RYI32LS6ObG/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000]]
- You may include text before or after the doc.
- Once you have inserted all your EquatIO equations, use Find/Replace to replace all instances of =IMAGE(" with [[Image: and all instances of ") with ]]
- e.g [[Image:https://equatio-api.texthelp.com/svg/%5Cfrac%7B3%7D%7Bx-2%7D]]
- You may include text before or after the equation.
- In the appropriate cell, type [[ followed by the Desmos link followed by ]].
- e.g. [[https://www.desmos.com/calculator/sycumu9ek9]]
- You may include text before or after the graph.