Integration Doc: Flipgrid in Professional Development 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫

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What is Flipgrid? 💭

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every educator an equal and amplified voice on the Topics you define!

 

Flipgrid Basics 💻📱🖥

When you set up your account, you’ll first create a Grid for your learning community. Grids are the canvas you will use to post discussion Topics, to which your learning community will post short video Responses. That’s how they share their voice! Learners can then view and Reply to each other’s Responses! Flipgrid is available on the web or via our Windows 10, iOS, or Android apps.

If you’re just getting started, we recommend checking out the Flipgrid Educator Innovation Station. It’s filled with everything you need to become a Flipgrid pro!

 

Flipgrid in Professional Development

Wanting to power up your Professional Development? Use Flipgrid and augment your in-person PD with social, personalized, and anytime learning! Flipgrid reinvents traditional Professional Development by allowing educators to select relevant and personalized content and participate beyond face to face conversations. Here’s just a few ways that Flipgrid can ignite engagement and support Professional Development within any setting:

⭐️ Build and welcome a community with group introductions
⭐️ Share session offerings before the start of a conference, workshop, or summit
⭐️ Ignite discussion during and after
⭐️ Model and share pedagogical approaches and best practices in action
⭐️ Provide an option for blended Professional Development
⭐️ Engage in book study discussions
⭐️ Connect and learn with experts
⭐️ Showcase and analyze student work
⭐️ Collaborate and share ideas
⭐️ Create and reflect on individual and collective goals
⭐️ Provide accountability and feedback during coaching cycles
⭐️ Curate a digital repository of resources

Once you’re ready to create your first Professional Development discussion Topic, you can dive right in from your Educator Admin or head to the Disco Library for inspiration. Here is a sampling of Professional Development topics currently available in the Disco Library, all created by your peers and ready to be used with your community!

🚀 Ideas + Disco Library: Professional Development

Workshop Reflection by Kim Lowden: A Topic encouraging educators to reflect on learning experiences after professional learning to inform the facilitator’s next steps.

STEAM Parking Lot by Dana Woods: A Topic to activate learning and develop a shared understanding of content.

The SAMR Model by Lesley Burdine: A Topic that engages participants in learning about a model that support best practices in technology integration.

Flipgrid Resource by Evelina Despaigne: A Topic to use after professional development to engage educators in sharing ideas for implementation based upon their learning.

Collaboration by Wayne Haskovec: A Topic inspiring educators to continue learning socially by creating networks beyond their school and district.

Favorite Technology Tools by Nicole Kempson: A Topic that helps build a resource bank of tools for educators to use as solutions for learning needs.

Meet, Greet, and Discover #FlipHunt by Jen Giffen: A Topic for educators to learn through discovery using a fun scavenger hunt.

Screencasting Annotations by Ben Kelly: A Topic showcasing a step by step demonstration of a specific task or ways to implement an idea.

Ask Your Coach by Tamika Durrah: A topic to ask questions and receive support from a coach anytime and anywhere.

Learner Environments Today by Beth Clarke: A topic that engages participants in aligning and defending their thoughts to a sketchnote representing a learner-centered classroom.

 

Consider this: ISTE Standards for Educators 💡

Learner 1 - Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning. 1a: Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.

Collaborator 4 - Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems. 4C: Use collaborative tools to expand students’ authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.

Facilitator 6 - Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students. 6D: Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge, or connections.

 

Want even more!? 🤓

💥Join the #FlipgridFever educator community on Twitter and Facebook! Follow educators like Holly Clark, Kathi Kersznowski, Brian Smith, Claudio Zavala, Karly Moura, Scott Titmas and Lucretia Anton for tons of mic-drop Flipgrid ideas.

💥While you’re at it, say hi to Flipgrid Education Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Jess Boyce, and Ann Kozma. Jornea, Jess, and Ann are always here to support you!

💥Bookmark our monthly newsletter for the latest happenings and check out our Educator Innovation Station for classroom integration ideas.

💥Explore the Help Center for answers to most common questions.

💥Become a Flipgrid Certified Educator.

There is no limit to the ways you can use Flipgrid in a Professional Development setting. Dive in and help all participants define their voice, share their voice, and respect the diverse voice of their peers. We are here to support you as you engage and amplify!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, MN

💫 Student Voice Rockstar: Alexandra Larson

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Learning is filled with wonder and excitement and Alexandra Larson brings that same zeal to fellow educators and students daily! Alexandra is an Instructional Technology Specialist and teacher in Atlanta, Georgia who has been using Flipgrid for over two years. As a Student Voice Ambassador and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, she has presented ways to amplify student voice at various conferences and helped us celebrate our 1st ever FlipgridLIVE event held in Minneapolis, MN in 2017.

“Versatile” is the one word Alex uses to describe Flipgrid, and through her implementation, she has shared various ways to meet the needs of learners!

#WednesdayWisdom from Alexandra

Uses
I've used Flipgrid to...
📝 get student feedback on technology tools and how their teachers could incorporate them
🥳wish our front office staff a happy Administrative Professionals' Day
💕 have students discuss charitable organizations they would like to support and why
🌎connect with students in another country
🤖have Maker Camp students explain a prototype they’ve created
💭allow students to share their favorite middle school memory
❇️ collect videos to use with a green screen at a later date
🤔have students reflect on their Problem Based Learning unit
👫allow community members to talk about their career and how it connects to STEM
📣 let students voice opinions on whether or not they should build terrariums for their school
👩‍✈️co-pilot with another teacher to review student reflections for our yearbook (using Flipgrid QR codes)
💥have a collection space for videos created on other apps (app smashing)
☎️allow teachers to leave me moderated (private) messages


Impact
Flipgrid has made it easy to promote the 21st Century learning skills- communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity! As I always share, it's such a versatile tool!

Advice
My advice to a new user is to become part of the amazing Flipgrid PLN on social media! This is where you can connect with other educators, get new ideas, share your stories, ask questions, and challenge yourself to think critically- especially during the quick fire Twitter chats #FlipgridFever!

Learn from Alexandra
Twitter: @Alex_n_wndrlnd
Check out Alexandra’s Rockstar Video:

❤️🖤💚 Black History Month: A Celebration of Voice 💚🖤❤️

The following post is written by Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Erwin. In the #GridTip Series, Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Ann, Jess, and Jornea will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid. Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Educator Innovation Station for tons of ideas!

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As a member of the Flipgrid community, we know you celebrate and amplify diverse voices every day! We’re so grateful and proud to be part of your empowering practices and, especially this Black History Month, we want to champion your glorious ideas.

Black History Month is a testament to the power of voice: Carter G. Woodson started the movement in 1925. In 1976, President Ford proclaimed the month an official celebration to recognize and honor the amazing contributions, achievements, and impact African Americans have made in the United States and around the world.

Read on for five ways Flipgrid can help you celebrate voice and integrate Black History into your curriculum this month and every month throughout the year!


⚡️ Spark Conversations about Equity
How can we ensure everyone is treated fairly? How might we create opportunities for all?

Disco Library Topics
Diversity by Amelia Knuth
Ruby Bridges by Jornea Erwin
Jackie Robinson BIO by Jornea Erwin


🖥 Enrich Curriculum
Research and share contributions of African-Americans across subjects.

Disco Library Topics
Unsung Heroes #BecauseOfThemWeCan by Megann Lock
Black History Bio-Poem Appsmash by Ashley Peterson
Nobel Peace Prize by Jornea Erwin


💚 Understand Diverse Perspectives
Explore various genres of literature, photos, videos, and lyrics.

Disco Library Topics
Turning Point in American History by Adam Topliff
1920s Clue by Stephanie Bean
The Blues by David Wickham


🗺 Walk in History
Immerse your students in the lives and events of the past to demonstrate affects on life then and now. Take your students to a museum of on a virtual tour.

Disco Library Topics
Our Children Can Soar by Richard Masso
Virtual Wax Museum by Tamara Letter
Lenses of Diversity by Andrew Fenstermaker


🌏 Connect with and Learn from Others
Welcome guests into your community to share their passions, perspectives, and pride in what they do. Toggle-on Guest Mode or connect with another class via #GridPals!

🕺🏽Disco Library Topics
Heroes Inspire Others by Jornea Erwin
Famous African Americans by Heather Negley
Virtual Field Trips Around the World
by Laura Krenicki


In the words of Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut, “never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” I encourage you to engage and inspire your students to always learn from diverse perspectives as you support your students to achieve their dreams!

See you on the grid! 🚀
Jornea

February Newsletter 💚

Welcome to the Flipgrid Newsletter! Bookmark this page, come back often, and let us know what you’d like to see featured next month! Looking for last month's news? Check out the January issue over here!

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A couple weeks ago we had the opportunity to meet 1000s of amazing educators and school leaders across the pond at BETT in London. Then we flew to Florida to soak up some sun with our friends at FETC in Orlando. Now we're at TCEA in San Antonio and - y’all - the innovation down here is mighty impressive! From Bus Tours to conferences to #StudentVoice celebrations, we LOVE spending time with our Flipgrid family!

Keep reading to learn about MyFlipgrid, five ways to engage families with Flipgrid, our next Flipgrid Feature, and more!

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Now your students can view, manage, and share their Flipgrid videos, return to their Grids, view their Moderated videos, and review educator Feedback, all in one place!

MyFlipgrid is your Flipgrid!


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Learning loves community, so let’s use Flipgrid to invite families and other stakeholders into the classroom as we engage our learners and celebrate success!

#GridTip: Family Engagement with Flipgrid


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With just one tweet, you packed the house with over 300 registrations! But have no fear, GridPalGeorge is on the lookout for a bigger venue to hold all the collaboration, celebration, and innovation that’s in store for #FlipgridLIVE at #ISTE19!

Join your #FlipgridFever friends in Philadelphia!


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Join an ingenious trio - Melisa, Kathrina, and Andy - for our February Flipgrid Feature: #GridGuide Genius Hour! The three will share a collection of creative ideas for engaging and amplifying your scholars!

Join the innovative celebration!


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Check out our library of integration docs to explore specific, launch-ready ideas for amplifying #StudentVoice!

Music & Arts, World Languages, Health/Physical Education and more!


B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T ideas from the #FlipgridFever community…

We love seeing the inspiring ways you empower your scholars, foster a connected community, and ignite magic. Here are a few amazing ideas shared by your peers in the #FlipgridFever community last month!


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We’re hitting the road and embarking on our next #StudentVoice odyssey… this time with the gnarly, innovative, California area educators!

Join us on the #SOLIDGOLDenState #FlipgridBusTour!


Talk to you soon…

Thank you again! We are so grateful to work with you and we are so inspired by the innovative ways you empower and amplify your students. Please continue sharing your amazing ideas, feedback, and questions with us on Twitter and via email - we love chatting!

💚 Your friends at Flipgrid in Minneapolis, Minnesota

#GridTip Party: Family Engagement with Flipgrid

The following blog post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Ann Kozma, and Jess Boyce. In the #GridTip Series, Jornea, Ann, and Jess will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid. Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Educator Innovation Station for tons of ideas!

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Learning loves community, so let’s invite families and other stakeholders into the classroom as we engage our learners and celebrate success!

Whether you are planning parent-teacher conferences or looking for ways to engage families throughout the school year, here are some dynamic ways educators are leveraging the power of Flipgrid to get everyone involved!

🖼QR Code Displays: Bring your student displays to life by adding Flipgrid QR codes. Each code links to a student sharing the magic behind their project. Families can scan, watch, and enjoy at any time! Explore more ideas on Twitter

🎟Engage Families with Guest Mode: Activate Guest Mode on any Topic to provide a super simple way for families to hop into the Grid and view/reply to their scholars! Explore more ideas on Twitter

🏫Parent-Teacher & Student-Led Conferences: Celebrate achievements, encourage growth, and support continued learning by sharing Flipgrid videos with families during conferences. Ask learners to use MyFlipgrid and choose the videos that best represent their learning, and ask families to Reply and leave a special message for their child! Explore more ideas on Twitter

📰Newsletter Grids: Keep families up to speed with important dates to remember, curriculum content, resources, and learning strategies via a newsletter Grid. BONUS: Families that speak a different primary language can use Immersive Reader to translate content! Explore more ideas on Twitter

👨‍👩‍👧Class MixTapes:  Curate a view-only collection of Flipgrid videos to showcase the learning happening in your class. Families can Follow your MixTape to get notified when you add new videos! Explore more ideas on Twitter

Check out the tweets below to see these ideas in action. We hope you have fun engaging your families and community in the learning process with Flipgrid. If you have other mic drop ideas, we would L💚VE to hear them. Share on Twitter using #FlipgridFever!

See you on the grid! 🚀

💕Jornea, Ann, and Jess


Flipgrid Explorer Series

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The Flipgrid Explorer Series is a fun mixture of a career day, digital field trip, show and tell, ask-an-expert, and #GridPals!

Meet the Explorers
We welcome scientists, engineers, creatives, and more to share their amazing work and challenge students on unique topics related to their field! Each Series is available on-demand and designed to be broad so that you can adapt the material to fit your lessons!

Launching a Series
It’s easy to create a unique Explorer Series experience for your class - just click the Disco Library links and add the Topics to your Grid! If you want to expand involvement and welcome other classes from your school, district, community, state, or even the world, connect with a fellow educator (or educators) via #GridPals and then share your Grid with CoPilots!


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Fish School, Launching Soon
In this special edition of the Flipgrid Explorer Series, Laura G Explorer will be joining you students on the Grid! Launching soon, Laura is excited to share her graduate research firsthand while encouraging your students to dive into projects of their own. Sign up to get your students access to this aquaventure where they’ll learn all about (and what is a) oncorhynchus mykiss, have the opportunity to speak directly with Laura, and share their findings with their peers around the world!

For more information and to join the global #GridPals Grid organized by Priscilla Heredia, sign up here!


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Robots, Released January 2019
Beep beep boop bop! Explore the importance of problem-solving and storytelling with robots. Leah LaCrosse and Rich Perry guide your students through the engineering and emotional aspects of robotics through four amazing, launch-ready discussion Topics! Launch all four right into your classroom Grid or join the global #GridPals Grid (launching April 2019) by Priscilla Heredia by signing up over here: Robots Explorer Series #GridPals Grid Registration


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Code with Team Flipgrid, Released November 2018
Team Flipgrid is excited to show your students the design and development of Flipgrid and engage them in creating and coding their own projects. In addition to our behind-the-scenes videos at Flipgrid Studios, each Topic is equipped with a variety of resources and activities curated by the wonderful Karly Moura (thank you Karly!). Launch all six right into your classroom Grid or join the global #GridPals Grid by Priscilla Heredia by signing up over here: Code Explorer Series #GridPals Grid Registration


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Aquarium with Sam, Released November 2018
Join Sam from the Aquarium of Niagara for a wave of fun and activities around conservation, adaptation, and aquatic recreation! Launch Sam right into your classroom Grid or join the global #GridPals Grid by Priscilla Heredia by signing up over here: Aquarium Explorer Series #GridPals Grid Registration


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MatheMAGIC with Jen Saarinen and Sean Fahey, Released August 2018
Mathemagicians Jen and Sean have solved for x in the equation ∫ ƒ{(super)x(cali)+fragilistic^(expi)+(ali)/(docious)}dx and brought math to life! Spark your students’ curiosity and demystify math with the duo's six stellar Explorer Topics. Also check out their fantastic guide to help you prepare your student voice spell-casting skills for this Explorer Series!


Check back here throughout the year for on-demand Explorer Series Topics on a rolling basis!