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Vidku Unveils New Version of Flipgrid Educational Engagement Platform

August 15, 2016

A company called Vidku, whose Flipgrid platform aims to drive engagement between teachers and students via asynchronous video communications, today came out with a new version of its education offering.

With Version 4.0, users of Flipgrid get the opportunity to do more customization of the platform, access it from any modern browser, Android or iOS device, and create sidebar conversations, Jim Leslie, co-founder, explained in an interview with me earlier today.

First let me tell you a bit more about the company and the platform in general; then we’ll get to the details on the new Version 4.0 capabilities.

Flipgrid was created by University of Minnesota professor Charlie Miller and his team a few years ago to allow students to weigh in on class discussions – but to do so via recorded video. This enables more students to provide more (and potentially, one would surmise, more thoughtful) input, and lets teachers consume that input as time allows.

In October of 2014, Miller, Leslie, and Phil Soran founded Vidku. In February of 2015 the company raised $17.5 million in a Series A round led by Arthur Ventures. It then acquired the Flipgrid technology from the University of Minnesota.

The company provides Flipgrid to an array of paying customers in the K-12 and higher education space. And it’s in pilots with a collection of other users.

With the introduction of Version 4.0, Flipgrid enables grid creators to customize the visualization of their grids through the use of special headers and specialized layout of their topics. Leslie called this capability “very social media-esque.” As noted, 4.0 also works with any modern browser, Android or iOS device. And the platform now provides discussion group members with the ability to lead sidebar conversations related to the initial topic. Leslie said this new feature is called “response to responses”.

Vidku expects to come out with an enterprise version of Flipgrid later this year.

Edited by Alicia Young