December 2018 Newsletter ☃️

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Thank you for a truly incredible year. Working alongside the Flipgrid educator community is a dream come true! 2018 was an especially magical year for #FlipgridFever as we joined forces with Microsoft and made Flipgrid completely free for every educator on the planet! We're excited for even more crazy ideas, adventures, and thrills in 2019!

In this year's final edition of the newsletter you'll learn about our new Educator Innovation Station, Flipgrid ideas to engage your students during break, fun #CSEdWeek activities, and more!

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Join us on an interplanetary exploration: the new Educator Innovation Station is equipped with tons of valuable resources as you traverse the galaxy of #StudentVoice. Voice Captains Jornea, Jess, and Ann are at the ready with ideas, advice, and their brand new Elementary Integration Documents.

Begin your interstellar mission to amplify!


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Whether you’re heading into summer, winter, or a weekend break, the Savvy Educator Jornea Erwin has a collection of fun ideas to engage your students over break and showcase a semester of amazing student voices in a magical mix!

Continue amplifying and celebrating #StudentVoice over break!


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We’re rolling out the red carpet and showcasing a collection of mic-drop "Shorts" created by your friends in the #FlipgridFever community! Join Team Flipgrid on December 18th at 7 PM CT as we go LIVE on Facebook from Flipgrid Studios and share the mini feature “Shorts” packed with enlightening ways to amplify #StudentVoice.

Reserve your seat at the festival!


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Introduce your students to the world of code with our latest Explorer Series! In honor of #CSEdWeek and #HourOfCode, The Flipgrid Team shares a behind-the-scenes look at Flipgrid Studios and a collection of activities for your students to explore the career of coding (with help from the exquisite Karly Moura).

Explore Flipgrid Studies, Code with Minecraft, and more!


Speaking of Mic-Drops, did you see these Tweets?

We love seeing the amazing ways you’re empowering #StudentVoice. Here are a few ideas that went viral in the #FlipgridFever community last month!


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Calling all Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassadors + MIE Experts: we’re awarding five lucky superstar educators a free trip to Paris for the upcoming Education Exchange. Join us for an epic collaboration with your peers from around the globe and bring a world of inspiration back to your students!

Stamp your passport and enter the contest!


Until next year…

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

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, Minnesota

End the Semester with Flipgrid Fun ❄️💃👨‍🏫💕

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.

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We had fun learning, met goals, and grew too, since a break is near what more can we do? 🤔

🤗Educators are championing #StudentVoice all over the world. Whether you are gearing up for winter or enjoying a midsummer’s day, the end of the year is the perfect time to engage your community with Flipgrid, creating experiences and memories that will last a lifetime! The beauty of Flipgrid comes from the experiences you craft for your learners, promoting the ✨M✨A✨G✨I✨C✨ of learning, which is always R.A.D.I.C.A.L.! Here are a few ways to have some fun with Flipgrid before, during, and after your break, inspired by educators around the world!

Flipgrid for REFLECTION
Creating moments for self-reflection helps students make it a common practice, infusing critical thinking skills and fostering a growth mindset.

Quarter 1 Reflections by Sarah Foster
Flipgrid Fridays by Trisha McLean
Goal Setting + Reflection by Bryan Dulmage

🙌Tip: Have students watch a past video they have created. Have them reflect on their knowledge and skills then vs. now. Use Replies for students to share a message with their “former selves” (previous Flipgrid video).

 

Using Flipgrid to Show APPRECIATION
A person who is appreciated will always do more than expected! Continue creating a positive culture in your school by showing appreciation. Take a moment to thank a room parent, school staff member, other educators, students, families, community members, district board members and school leaders for what they do on a daily basis to create the conditions for excellent learning in your school.

Author Visit Thank You by Sara Kash
Inservice Thank You by Laura Ebersole
Staff Appreciation by Heather Renshaw

🙌Tip: Blend student creativity and artwork with a heartfelt message by allowing students to create a greeting or holiday card for someone they wish to thank and also have the students share a special video message on Flipgrid. In your Educator Admin Dashboard, click the share button to obtain a specific QR code for your student video. Print out the QR Code to add to their greeting card for a special surprise! This idea is sure to put smiles on a lot of faces!

 

Engage with Flipgrid to “spark” a DESIRE for continued learning
Recognizing, honoring, and giving feedback to student voice empowers students to continuously learn. When students share an idea that generates wonder, excitement or awe, let them lead the conversation by sparking their response into a Topic of their own!

Genius Hour Project Pitch by Pricillia Heredia
Discussion Sparks by Stephanie Deskin
Teach the Teacher by Stacy Weber

🙌Tip: Ready to start sparking? Just look for the “Spark” fire symbol next to your student video or under Actions - Spark a Response! Your students, as the expert, will be more invested, leading to increased social learning in your class!

 
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Topics that inspire students to share INSPIRATION with others
The expert in anything was once a beginner and inspiration can come from anywhere! Check out the Flipgrid Explorer Series for a fun way for students to be inspired by experts sharing their passions. Encourage students to also share their passion and knowledge to inspire others.

Coding Series: What is Coding?
Aquarium Series: Design Your Aquarium
MatheMagic Series: We’re Mathematicians

🙌Tip: Appsmashing is a great way to empower students to use mixed media to communicate ideas. You could set up a Grid for student podcast stations like Andrew Fenstermaker. Or add visuals to voice by screencasting! Check out this awesome #GridTip by Educator Innovation Lead Jess Boyce showcasing how to appsmash Screencastify with Flipgrid.

 

Showcase students’ and their achievements with a CELEBRATION!
Recognizing student success and celebrating school accomplishments helps to create a positive culture for your learning community.

MixTapes are the perfect way to celebrate an amazing semester of learning. They’re view-only and super shareable. Just choose the best Flipgrid video from each student and share with their family!

Additionally, you can create a new Topic for your students to celebrate their achievements.

Let’s Celebrate Success by Angie Koser
Celebrate and Remember by Karalee Nakatsuka
Warm Fuzzies by Heather Anderson

🙌Tip: If you’re setting up a new Topic, 🎟Guest Mode provides a super easy way to invite families to witness your students’ greatness. With your power to control access, you can select to have guests leave positive messages and words of affirmation for your students!

 

Take a moment for your community to have fun and look into the future with ANTICIPATION!
When there is joy in learning environments, everyone involved is more committed to the process.
A Flipgrid Topic can be ANYTHING, a game, a message to Santa, 12 days of Flipgrid for families to participate in fun activities, Sing-A-Songs, dance moves, snow day fun and more! So have some FUN in your classrooms and beyond by creating Topics all will enjoy! With holidays approaching you can also tailor your Topics to the season.

Flipgrid Fever the Game by Donna Schies
Family Caroling by Amanda Gilchrist
Holiday MadLibs by Amanda Funk
Holiday Wishes by Vannessa Fowler
Holiday Music by Teresa Ducassoux

Here are a few other topics I created for some holiday/ winter break fun:

🙌Tip: 📼Create a MixTape of your responses collected to share with your learning community! Have fun highlighting favorite memories from the semesters, blooper MixTapes are fun too!

 

Build global empathy and spread kindness with words & actions filled with LOVE
Cultural, global awareness, and inclusive communities encourage students to seek ways to create impact for others. At Flipgrid, we believe together we can create global empathy!
Check out ways amazing educators are spreading kindness, togetherness, love, and fun while building global empathy and join in the fun!

🌎 Bronwyn Joyce - Our Global Classroom
Our Global Classroom Advent Calendar
✈️ Bonnie McClelland - Inspiration of GridPals
💕 Brian Romero Smith - The Captain Kindness Challenge
🎙Claudio Zavala Jr. - Sing-A-Song

🙌Tip: If you wish to partner with another educator for a collaborative grid, then add them as a CoPilot to your grid! 👩‍✈️👨‍✈️

Enjoy every moment wrapping the gift of learning with your students before the break and let’s make learning R.A.D.I.C.A.L!

See you on the grid,
Jornea

💫 Student Voice Rockstar: Claudia Daniels

A love for learning and a passion for engaging students is at the heart of every amazing educator. Today’s rockstar radiates this daily in her pursuit for continuous growth and commitment to giving students the best learning opportunities. Student Voice Rockstar Claudia Daniels, a 5th grade teacher from Marietta, Georgia has been rocking out Flipgrid for over a year and a half!

Claudia is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and hosted the kickoff of our very first Student Voice Rally at Davis Elementary School inCobb County Schools in Marietta, Georgia! 🚌💚🎉

Multifaceted” is the first word that comes to Claudia’s mind when she thinks of Flipgrid.

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#WednesdayWisdom from Claudia

Uses
📝 a place for writers to share their pieces and then receive peer-feedback
🎙 a platform for poets to share
👨‍👧 students share reflective Father’s Day cards
🎯 document quarterly reading goals and monitor our progress as readers
📚 generate school-wide book fair excitement
🐶 a platform for readers to share themselves reading with their pets
🏅 Daniels’ Box, a place for readers to share book recommendations of award-winning titles
🎭 analyze peer performances of Reader's Theater
🔎 connect with experts in various Explorers Series: Brain, Sharks, & Music 

Impact
The impact of Flipgrid is matchless!

💥I have quiet students who come alive on Flipgrid and share their thinking in ways that others (teachers, parents and other students) have never seen.
💥Difficult content doesn’t seem as difficult when Ss know Flipgrid will be a part of the learning experience.
💥We had 3 award-winning authors respond to our Flipgrid, either directly on the grid on by way of Twitter after seeing our Book Recommendations.
💥The fact that I can archive the grids for a later date helps me move quicker through expectations because I have several mentor examples.
💥Readers are able to connect and provide recommendations and students can access the grid for content, recommendations or to create.

Advice
Just get in and play with Flipgrid, follow #FlipgridFever on Twitter and just do it! “Trust me, the kids will love it and they are cognitively present.” I love helping my colleagues who stop by my room to learn about Flipgrid and often just talk through the process over the phone if my colleagues need me, it’s that simple.
When I share Flipgrid with others, I find it helpful for others to see the setup. I highly recommend the Getting Started Video for anyone new to Flipgrid.

Learn from Claudia

Connect with Claudia
Twitter: @ClaudiaRDaniels
Check out Claudia’s Rockstar Video:

#GridTip Party: Dancing Through the Disco Library

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? Sign up for one of the Engage & Amplify: Flipgrid 101 Webinars!

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Boogie on over to the Disco Library, a place where educators are sharing their best ideas and finding their next great Flipgrid discussion prompts.

What is the Disco Library?
With 5,000+ community-generated Topics, the Flipgrid Disco Library is the perfect spot to find inspiration from fellow educators! From exit tickets to book clubs to reflections to word problems and more, the Disco Library is full of ready to use discussion prompts that are sure to get your students talking!

Find Your Next Topic

When you head to the Disco Library you will notice a few things. Near the top, Featured Topics: these are hand-selected timely and especially wonderful discussion prompts, such as the Explorer Series! Below Featured Topics you’ll find filters, which allow you to search by Audience, Topic Subject, Topic Goals or any criteria you choose.

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Once you have found a Topic you want to use with your students, click on the blue dropdown "Select a Grid" and choose which Grid you want to host the Topic. Then you can add/change/update any element of the Topic in order to personalize the content for your classroom.

Remember, you can edit every aspect of the Topic and customize settings such as Video Response Length, Video Moderation, Topic Attachments, Features and more! When you are ready to engage your learners, just flip the switch from Inactive to Active and you're ready to roll!

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Share with the Community

By contributing to the Disco Library, you’re helping your fellow educators learn unique ways to implement Flipgrid as they seek to transform learning and amplify student voice! And because you're sharing only the Topic template (and none of your student content), you're free to share to your heart's content.

  1. Login to your Educator Admin Dashboard to find the Grid and then the Topic you wish to share

    • Click the "Actions" dropdown menu and choose Add to Disco Library.

  2. Add Topic Discovery Details

    • Choose your Audience, Subject, and Goal

    • Add Integration Notes so that your fellow educators will understand how best to use the Topic you shared. Include details, tips, tricks and any information you think would be helpful for your colleagues to know. Additional supporting resources can be added as links for the educator to explore in conjunction with the Topic.

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Remix Topic Details, Resources and Attachments

  • Remix or update the Topic Description as needed. Remember to remove any personal information that pertains to your learning community.

  • Edit and update Topic Attachments if needed to support and extend the learning. Attachments could include links such as videos, articles, or graphic organizers.

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We are always here to join the party as you create, remix, and share ideas within the Flipgrid Disco Library! Give us a shout anytime with any questions!

See you on the Grid!
Jornea, Ann, & 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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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!

💫Student Voice Rockstar: Andrew Fenstermaker 💫

Innovation breeds innovation and today’s rockstar constantly shares his creative ideas with the world. Andrew Fenstermaker, a Tech Coach and Adjunct Professor, from North Liberty, Iowa has been rocking out Flipgrid for almost 2 years! As a Flipgrid Certified Level 1 and 2 Educator, as well as Student Voice Ambassador, Andrew has inspired educators to think outside of the box when amplifying student passions. Andrew often presents at EdCamps and educational conferences and has even had students serve an active role in conference presentations! We had the pleasure of witnessing Andrew in action during the Student Voice Conference at FlipgridLIVE when he presented Amplify My Voice: Student Podcasting.

Andrew’s one word for Flipgrid is empowering and we think the same about him!

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#WednesdayWisdom from Andrew

Uses
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Global Read Alouds: We read The Wild Robot and shared our connections on Flipgrid. We had over 2,000 videos submitted and close to 30,000 views. Kids loved it!

🎙 Student Podcasts: We have a single podcasting Grid with each student having his/her own Topic as their podcast. Each video on the Topic is a new episode where students share about their passions.

🤝 Collaborative Learning Projects: We explored diversity among 5th grade classes across our school district using Flipgrid. Moreover, students reflect on learning using Flipgrid as they share their responses to probing questions about stories they have read, ELA skills they have explored and connections they have made.

💕 Spreading Kindness: Students used Flipgrid to create positive video messages that were turned into QR Codes and printed onto our PBIS tickets to remind everyone that they matter.

🎓 Transforming Learning in Higher Ed: We use Flipgrid as a platform to make the asynchronous course more authentic. Grad students share their reflections on their learning, and student feedback on implemented lessons. They also provide feedback to each other in the form of video replies and emoji reactions.

Impact
With Flipgrid, students have had the opportunity to gain new perspectives. By making their thinking visible and amplifying their voices, students have had the privilege to share and hear from others locally and globally. They feel empowered to own the learning process as they have the freedom to fully customize their videos through the words they share, and adding a little bling to their selfie.

Advice
Embrace the mess. Don't worry about making everything look professional. Throw a Topic together and let kids start recording. Don't worry about background noise, silly stickers, or drawings. You'll be amazed at what kids come up with when we provide them with an intuitive platform and get out of their way. Their creativity shines!

Learn from Andrew

💥 Student Podcast Grid
💥 Appsmashing to Create Student Podcast
💥 Ditch that Textbook Blog- “What students say about creating podcasts on WeVideo and Flipgrid”

Connect with Andrew
Twitter: @a_fenstermaker
Check out Andrew’s Rockstar Video: