Make Memories with the #FlipgridYearbook Challenge ๐Ÿ“–

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Capture all the buzz, excitement, and magic throughout the school year by kicking off your school-wide #FlipgridYearbook TODAY!

Every day from August 13th to 31st weโ€™re awarding one lucky school a #FlipgridVoicePod for your students! Hereโ€™s how to enterโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ’š Create your #FlipgridYearbook by setting up a school-wide Grid as a space for Topics throughout the year. When setting up your Grid, choose the "My School" option then add your email domain so that all students can participate. Share with your principal and colleagues to brainstorm ideas and get your Grid rocking! Check out the Springville School example from #StudentVoice Rockstar Priscilla Heredia below!

๐Ÿค— Start simple with a Topic that will be fun for all students. For inspiration check out Jornea's latest #GridTip. More ideas:

  • Student + teacher intros
  • School news
  • Guest speakers
  • Semester goals
  • School events
  • Art exhibits

๐Ÿ“ฃ Share your Grid at back-to-school events, through newsletters, in take-home-slips, or on the first day!

โ›บ๏ธ Enter to win a #FlipgridVoicePod by tweeting your project! Share a screenshot of your Grid along with your best Topic ideas! Be sure to use the hashtags #FlipgridFever and #FlipgridYearbook when tweeting and tag your school or district profiles! 

Every day from August 13th to 31st our Education Innovators (Jornea, Jess, and Ann) will select one lucky school to pop up a #FlipgridVoicePod on your campus! Give us a shout with any questions. Have fun making memories! 

#Grid Tip: ๐Ÿ”” Back to School ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ’š

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Armant Erwin. In this series (see the full collection here) Jornea will share a unique #GridTip to help you make the most of Flipgrid!

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Welcome back! For many educators, the end of summer is near and it's time to get excited for a new batch of students! With all the excitement, I've put together some of my best Grid ideas and Flipgrid tips as you start planning back-to-school. Many of these can be used be used prior to the first day, and all of them are sure to get your students engaged! Before you dive in:

โœ… Discover the all new Flipgrid!
โœ… Learn about GridPals.
โœ… Check out Kristin Merrill's awesome list of back-to-school Topic ideas.
โœ… Explore the Disco Library

Let me know what you think and then share your best ideas with me on Twitter: @Savvy_Educator. Have a great semester! 

๐Ÿ’ก Creating Communities of Love and Learning

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Say My Name - Our names are part of our identity, so it is important to say our students' names correctly! Learn each child's name before the start of school by creating a topic for students to share their name and what makes their name special.

๐ŸคMeet and Greet - Face to face meet & greets with parents are great, but not everyone is able to participate or remember the information shared. By flipping your "Meet and Greet" and placing it as a Topic on your back to school Grid (use the Public / PLN Grid option), families can share a bit of their world and get to know you as well. It will introduce them to Flipgrid and let them have fun recording as a family!

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๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸซWho's Who? - What better way to build community than to know who is in your community!  Create a District or School grid and ask all faculty and staff to introduce themselves, share their job role and their passion for what they do! This is bound to strengthen the relationships among educators and the community. Check out the inspiration from Spring Lake Park School District

๐Ÿ’ก  Communication & Organization is Key

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Information, Forms, and FAQs - Do you have a list of forms parents need to complete or important information they need access to?  Add your form or information as topic attachments to your Welcome Back Flipgrid message to families.  It serves as a great landing page to access important resources.  Encourage families with questions to record a response to ask their question. It may be best to turn on "Response Moderation" and the questions you want to feature can become your school's FAQs.

First Day FlipHunt Fun - Kathi Kersznowski wowed the ๐ŸŒŽ and the #FlipgridFever community with her amazing FlipHunt idea. And enthusiasm skyrocketed when she and Priscilla Heredia presented it at #StuVoiceCon18! Create a FlipHunt for students and families to understand school policies and procedures in a fun and creative way!

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Make Magic with the All New Flipgrid ๐Ÿ”ฎ

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We know that #StudentVoice is magic, so we conjured up the all new Flipgrid to help you on your quest to empower and amplify! It's chock-full of enchanting updates, so let's jump right in!

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Unlock creativity ๐ŸŽจ with a new Flipgrid Recorder + Player

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The heart of Flipgrid is the recorder. After all, that's what your students use to capture and share their ideas, reflections, projects, creations, environments, experiments, imaginations... their voice! So we gave it super powers.

โœ‚๏ธ Trimming! Accidentally sneeze at the end of an epic Flipgrid video? Don't start over from scratch. Trim it! And...

โž• Add More! When you Trim the beginning or end of your video, you'll unlock additional recording time. 

๐Ÿ“บ Capture it all! Flipgrid videos are now optimized for every device, with 16x9 (desktop), square, or 9x16 (full-screen mobile)! Better yet - if your device has two cameras, you can use them both by live-flipping between the front and back!

๐Ÿ‘€ MyView! Sometimes students record horizontally. Sometimes students record vertically. Sometimes students record horizontally and vertically all in one video. MyView magically moves the Flipgrid video player to match your students' creativity!

๐Ÿ“ธ Supercharged Selfies! Retake your selfie without losing your stickers and drawings (perfectly align your face with those aviators)!

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Amplify ๐Ÿ“ฃ and protect ๐Ÿ’ช #StudentVoice with the Grid Launchpad! 

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Now that Flipgrid is 100% free for every educator on the planet, there is no limit to the communities you can amplify! And our new Grid Launchpad makes empowering your learners in a safe environment easier than ever.

๐Ÿซ My Classroom or School: Connect students with your school email domain.

๐Ÿ“ Student ID List: Perfect for younger learners, create or upload a student list and assign unique ID numbers. BONUS: download and print out QR codes for each student to simply access the Grid using their camera!

๐Ÿ“ฃ Public + PLN: open your Grid to the world wide web of inspirational peers!

The new Grid Launchpad has another benefit: No more filling in your First Name, Last Name, and Email when submitting a Flipgrid video! Just share your voice, snap your selfie, and submit! 

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Go Global ๐ŸŒ with #GridPals

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Educators have been using Flipgrid to flatten the walls of their classroom for years. At first they had to leverage their PLN for connections. Then Bonnie McClelland created the world's nicest form and connected over 1,500 classrooms as #GridPals became a movement. Now, it's as easy as filling out your Flipgrid Profile, activating GridPals, and making a connection! 

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Colorful, powerful, and emoji-ful ๐Ÿ˜Ž Grids + Topics! 

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We updated Grids and Topics to create the perfect space for your students to share their brilliance! 

5๏ธโƒฃ Resources! Amp up #StudentVoice with a dash of choice. Now you can add up to FIVE resources to every Topic discussion!

๐ŸŒŸ Topic Tips! Provide your students with guidance (or a simple confidence booster!) before they share their voice!

๐Ÿšจ Vibes! Celebrate your studentsโ€™ with custom messages, visible for all to see at the top of their video.

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The adventure continues, for this is a tale of student empowerment! Stay on the lookout for Guest Lists, Mixtapes, and more this fall!

We all know that it is the wizard, not the wand, that makes magic. With all these exciting new updates, the best way to learn and grow hasn't changed: log into your Educator Dashboard and explore! Hit us up any time via Twitter (#FlipgridFever) or email (hello@flipgrid.com)! Our whole team - including our newest additions to the Educator Innovation Team, Jess Boyce and Ann Kozma - are here to serve you on your epic journey!

Climb to New Heights, #GridGuide ๐Ÿ”

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Novice Flipgrid educators need your guidance! Grab your gear, level up your certifications, and become a Flipgrid #GridGuide! 

Grid Guides proudly boast the pledge...

I am a Flipgrid #GridGuide, a champion of #StudentVoice, always willing to lend a hand to fellow educators! I will share my experience, knowledge, and down right magic to inspire and empower my peers at conferences, PD sessions, in spontaneous conversations, and throughout the world of social media. Students are our future and I will do everything in my power to prepare them to conquer the universe!

The four steps to becoming a Level 3 Flipgrid Certified #GridGuide:

1. Earn your Flipgrid Certified Educator Level 1 + Level 2 badge.

2. Post at least three Topics in the Disco Library. Be sure to include Topic resources and detailed integration notes!

3. Create your #GridGuide Field Notes: an original Flipgrid resource you can share with the community. This could be a blog post, Buncee, Padlet, or whatever medium you'd like! Just be sure to...

  • Introduce yourself, share your experience with Flipgrid, and use your own voice!
  • Provide general, subject-specific and/or age-specific advice (totally up to you!)
  • Include specific Flipgrid examples, ideas, and stories.
  • Reference (and link to) at least one of your Discovery Library topics.
  • Share additional resources, such as a fellow Grid Guides' Field Notes, a sketchnote, Jornea's Engage & Amplify webinars, a stellar tweet thread or Twitter Moment, etc. If it makes sense, link to your Certified Level 1 and/or Level 2 videos!

4. Share your voice as a #GridGuide.

  • Submit a video on the Grid Guides Grid sharing who you are, where you're from, and what you included in your Field Notes. Include your Field Notes as a linked attachment! One of our Educator Innovators (Jornea, Jessie, or Ann) will review, provide feedback, activate your video, and add you to a searchable, interactive map of Grid Guides.

Once complete you are officially a Flipgrid #GridGuide! You will receive your badge and we will point educators in your direction as they're exploring the world of Flipgrid. 

Thank you for supporting and guiding your peers in the Flipgrid educator community! 

Let's Be #GridPals ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŽ

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Flipgrid was created for a single class, (Charlieโ€™s University of Minnesota PHD students, to be exact), but it didn't take long for educators to begin using Flipgrid to connect with classrooms around the world. 

  • A Kindergarten class in Iowa connected with Kindergarten students in Sudan.
  • Three Norwegian educators connected their students with classes in South Dakota.
  • A high school English teacher in New York connected his students with a middle school Science class in Ohio.

Educators have made thousands of connections, using Flipgrid to increase social learning, global empathy, and cultural understanding. They inspired us to create CoPilots so you can collaboratively manage your Grids and Topics with a fellow educator. 

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In the beginning, educators had to leverage their PLN to find connections. Then Bonnie McClelland stepped up, created the world's nicest signup form, and started the #GridPals movement. Now, joining the party is easier than ever. 

  1. Log in to your Educator Dashboard
  2. Complete your Profile
  3. Activate #GridPals

Once you're set up, download Bonnie McClelland's Adventure Passport. It contains everything you need to know to make your #GridPals experience a success! Have fun!

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Jessie Boyce ๐Ÿ’ซ

Jessie, a 6th grade teacher, from St. Petersburg Florida has been rockin' out Flipgrid for a year and a half.  As a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador she serves with an open heart fellow educators in their quest to meet the needs of their students through amplifying voice.  To Jessie, utilizing Flipgrid in the classroom leads to EMPOWERMENT!

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#WednesdayWisdom from Jessie Boyce

Uses

๐Ÿซbeginning of the year introductions
๐Ÿ—ฃconversations with parents
๐Ÿค”student reflections
 ๐Ÿ“student assessment
๐Ÿ’ปstudent made tutorials

Impact

In my classroom, students are no longer afraid to speak. Flipgrid has assisted in building a community of thinkers who know it's ok to make mistakes, but also to share those with one another.

Advice

Not all of your students are going to be super on board at first - and that is ok.  I always give my students an option to write if they are uncomfortable with video. But by the end of the year, most of them want to participate with their peers. Don't force it.

Connect

Twitter: @jessxbo
Check out Jessie's Flipgrid Rockstar Video (password = Flipgrid)