Flipgrid Explorer Series: Raptors

This past October, hundreds of students from around the world joined Antarctic marine biologist Laura Goetz as she shared her life and research via a series of Flipgrid topics and posts. With over 600 video posts and 18,000 views, the first in our Explorer Series was so much fun that we decided to do another one! 

For our second Flipgrid Explorer series, we've partnered with Mike Billington and the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. Over the two week period beginning May 1st, Mike will share unique facts about predator birds as well as engage your students in topics related to science and the environment. 

  • May 1: Topic One - What is a common bird in your community? Where is your favorite place to watch birds?
  • May 8: Topic Two - What is something you can do to help wildlife in your backyard, in your local community, or around the world? 

Please take a moment to visit Mike's grid and share with your students. We hope your students enjoy this educational and fun experience!

 

Meet the Spring 2017 Flipgrid Ambassadors!

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Engagement Joey Taralson. Joey manages the Flipgrid Ambassador program, which helps ensure Flipgrid continues to deliver a platform that exceeds the expectations of our global community of educators. 

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The Flipgrid Ambassador program was created to promote a closer relationship between the Flipgrid team and the members of our global community. Flipgrid Ambassadors ensure that the decisions we make as a company continue to reflect the voice of our amazing educators. Organized in the fall of 2016, the program now includes more than 100 classroom teachers, professors, teaching librarians, and instructional coordinators.

On April 10th we invited 23 educators to join the program, forming our Spring 2017 class of Flipgrid Ambassadors! 

Melissa Adkins
Meredith Townsend
Leah Becklund
Marc Tartaro
Ann Smart
Kristin Merrill
Kim Aarberg
Bonnie McClelland
Stacey Whitwood
Rafranz Davis
Mary Marotta
Melissa White
Lacey Snyder
Marla Weinstein
Karly Moura
Lisa Hervey
Craig Sheil
Kevin Smith
Joe Merrill
Doug Fisher
Lydia Croupe
Jodie Deinhammer
Claudio Zavala

I highly encourage you to connect with these innovative educators on Twitter. If you’re interested in serving as a Flipgrid Ambassador, please email me anytime for more details!

-Joey

Joey Taralson
Head of Engagement @Flipgrid
joey@flipgrid.com
@taralson

Earth Day - Share Your Voice!

The following is a guest post from Jodie Deinhammer. Jodie is a science teacher at Coppell Middle School East in Dallas, TX. She has created a global project that connects teachers and students in celebration of Earth Day. 

This year for Earth Day, we will partner with schools around the world to conduct a BioBlitz and compare our communities.  Join us as we capture nature, become citizen scientists, debate, challenge others, and create art!

1.  SAY HI: Introduce your team. Share where you are from and why Earth Day is important to your group.  What are your team goals?

2. EXPERIMENT: Conduct a bioblitz (a quick survey of living things) in your neighborhood or community.  Create a quick video slideshow of your images of living things using an app such as Clips or iMovie and share your environment by uploading it on FlipGrid.  You can also upload your images to our iNaturalist project and become citizen scientists!

You can read more about the BioBlitz from Apple Education.  There are several really awesome lessons here to celebrate Earth Day.

3. DEBATE: As a group, decide if you think we should be concerned with climate change. Share your opinion here and make sure to defend your thoughts and opinions with reputable science.

4. CHALLENGE: Come up with a challenge to pose to our audience to encourage them to make a difference and protect our planet.  What can you say in under a minute that would convince someone to make every day Earth Day? Give them a specific challenge, such as meatless Monday. Start your challenge with "I will..." as your commitment and encourage them to do the same.

5. CREATE: Using only recycled material you find on campus or at home, create an original art piece.  Share your art and explain the materials you used and why it is helpful to keep them out of the landfill.

6. REFLECT: What did you learn? What surprised you the most? What questions do you still have? This room will open at the conclusion of the project.

So far schools in Ohio, Texas, New York, Virginia, and Bangladesh have joined this project.  If you want to join us, SIGN UP HERE!

Download the FlipGrid App and use the code earthday or use https://flipgrid.com/earthday on your computer.

Flipgrid is a 2017 Webby Awards Finalist!

Woohoo! Flipgrid was officially nominated as a 2017 Webby Awards Finalist in the Social category for Mobile Sites and Apps. Regarded as “The Internet’s Highest Honor” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet.

Please vote (by April 20) for Flipgrid in the People’s Voice:

“Being nominated as a finalist in the esteemed Webby Awards is an incredible honor for our team and we share this nomination with our truly inspiring teachers and students around the world,” shared Dr. Charlie Miller, Flipgrid Cofounder and Chief Design Officer. “Flipgrid's mission is to empower and amplify student voice in Preschool through PhD classrooms. To see Flipgrid, a social learning edtech platform, competing side-by-side with incredible social media companies like TimeHop, Jelly, Speeks.tv, and Rabbit is a testament to the critical role of student voice in today’s world.”

Flipgrid was a 2014 Webby Awards Honoree in three categories: Education, Education & Reference (Tablet), and Education & Discovery.

“Nothing will top the Barrow Peace Prize we received in 2015 from second grade students at Barrow Elementary in Athens, Georgia,” said Jim Leslie, Flipgrid CEO. “But the Webby is a close second and something we’re proud to celebrate with the amazing community of Flipgrid teachers and students.”

Again, we’d love for you to vote today for the power of student voice! Thank you!

https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2017/mobile-sites-apps/general-sites-apps/social

About the Webby Awards
Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)—a 2000+ member judging body. The Academy is comprised of Executive Members—leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities—and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees and other Internet professionals.

This year’s Nominees are truly moving Internet culture and society forward across Websites, Film & Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Mobile Sites & Apps, Podcasts & Digital Audio, and Social. They represent an inspiring mix of established Internet brands, independent projects, celebrities, and viral sensations. Of the 13,000 entries received from all 50 United States and over 70 countries, the top 9% are ranked as Nominees this year and are eligible to win The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award in their category.

About Flipgrid
Flipgrid is a social learning platform that amplifies student voice in more than 50,000 PreK to PhD classrooms across 137 counties. To learn more please visit http://flipgrid.com

Flipgrid + Your Speaking Engagement

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If you follow us on Twitter, you've undoubtedly seen a steady stream of teachers presenting Flipgrid to other teachers at a conference, professional development event, or EdCamp. We are extremely grateful! If you're planning on presenting Flipgrid to colleagues or with your professional learning network, please let us know. We want to support you!

As you're planning your presentation, start by downloading our presentation kit and media kit. Updated versions of these can always be found at the very bottom of Flipgrid.com.

Additionally, we can often provide a Flipgrid tshirt, stickers, and giveaway prizes. To share your speaking engagement with us, email Flipgrid Head of Engagement Joey Taralson: joey@flipgrid.com and be sure to include the following:

  1. The date of your event
  2. Event URL (if applicable)
  3. Approximate number of attendees
  4. A mailing address & tshirt size

Thank you to our entire Flipgrid community for supporting and amplifying student voice!

 

 

Flipgrid Unplugged: Appsmashing with Jornea Erwin

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Our next webinar will cover appsmashing and will be hosted by a seriously savvy educator, Jornea Erwin. Jornea brings energy, enthusiasm, and experience as she shares unique ways you can use Flipgrid with other ed tech. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 18th at 6PM CDT.

Register here.

We held our first Flipgrid Unplugged webinar on Tuesday, March 14th. Our team had a blast seeing #FlipgridFever spread across Twitter! If you missed the webinar, check out the recording here