Flip tiles

The Flip tiles template allows you to create two-sided tiles. Either side can show text, images or both.

The template is similar to simple tiles except that content can be placed on both sides.

Making the template

Enter the content as two column list. Each pair of entries represents a single tile. On the left, is the text or image to display on the front of the tiles. On the right, is the text or image to display on the back of the tiles.

Normally, the tiles will appear in the order you enter them (going left to right in rows). However you can opt to randomize their order in the options. The options also allow you to alter the grid layout.

Playing a game

Turn over

In the turn over game, all the tiles have their front face showing at the start.

Tap a tile to zoom into it, tap the tile again or tap the background to zoom out.

Swipe a tile to flip it over, showing the back of the tile.

The in-game menu contains additional commands to turn over all tiles. The shuffle command, mixes up the positions of the tiles. It also contains the random roam and random spinner commands.

Turn back

In the turn back game, the controls are the same, except that the back face of the tiles is showing at the start.


In the eliminate game, all the tiles are showing their front face at the start.

An additional control is introduced to eliminate tiles. By holding down, you can eliminate an tile - causing it to disappear from play.

The in-game menu has the additional command to restore the eliminated tiles. This brings any eliminated tiles back into play.

Teaching ideas

Question and answer

This template can be used to support a simple question and answer format. Put the question on the front and the answer on the back.

However once you've quizzed the class in this way, try flip all the tiles over and shuffle them up for good measure. Now with the answers showing, quiz the class to remind you of the question what gave it. For extra credit, have them pose a different question to the one posed that still have the same answer.

Top Five

In this activity, have a range of names of phrases that each have a numerical fact associated with them. For example, you could have a list of foods each with the number of calories contained in a 100g of that food. Another example might be countries with their populations.

Now ask all the students to guess which they think are the top five values and note these down. Once the time limit is up, have a few different students reveal their answers and then flip over the tiles as they read them out. The winning student is the one who comes closest to picking the top five. A quick variation on this is to switch it around and then do the bottom five.

True and false

Have series of statements on the front of the tiles. Then on the back of the tiles write true or false. Ask students in turn to pick a statement that is true, then turn if over to reveal. Then game ends once the teacher knows there are no more true statements that remain.

A variation might be to ask every one to first note down which they think are true. The get a quick show of hands to find out how things there are 4 trues, who thinks there are 5 trues and so on. Once you hit on the group of people who have found the right number, pick one of them to go through their list seeing if they got it right. The advantage of this method is it requires everyone in the audience to first work out the answer for themselves.

All the same

Have two groups of easily mixed up names or phrases. For example they might all be chemical elements, but some are metals and some are non-metals. Arrange it so that a metal is always on the front, when a non-metal is on the back and vice-versa. However don't put all the metals on front, have it so its a mixture, with plenty of non-metals on the front as well.

Now present the activity. The students will be given the task to try to make it so that only metals are showing. Go through each student in turn and ask them which tile they want to flip to bring it closer to completion. They will try to flip the tile only if the wrong answer is showing - but they may accidentally make it worse by flipping over a right answer. Once you get to the point where no student wants to flip and more tiles - reveal to them how they did.

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