Flipgrid Explorer Series: Aquarium 🌊🐠🐋🦑

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End this school year with a splash in the Flipgrid Explorer Series: Aquarium! Educator and Aquatic Expert Sam D'Orsaneo is excited to bring your students beyond the sea and share the roaring research and adventures at the Aquarium of Niagara!

Starting May 7, Sam will join you and your students for a two-week exploration filled with creatures from the deep blue. She'll share the conservation and research work they do at the Aquarium of Niagara and ignite discussion among your students and their peers around the world. Dip your toe in to find out what's happening below:

  • Pre-Series: Welcome (LIVE NOW): Get a preview of Sam’s Explorer Series and have your students share their favorite sea creature as we gear-up for this awesome exploration!
  • In the Tank (May 7 - 18, 2018): In this Topic Sam will share daily videos from inside the Aquarium of Niagara!
  • Week 1 Discussion (May 7 - 12): What is an aquarium?
  • Week 2 Discussion (May 13 - 18): Why are aquariums important?
  • Swimming with Questions (May 7- 18): Share your questions with Sam! She’ll answer as many as she can and we’ll feature the Responses with her Replies!
  • Reflection (May 17-18): What's something you learned during this Explorer Series?

To join the excitement, please add your class to the roster and then hop on the Grid: flipgrid.com/aquarium. Dive deeper with with this HyperDoc designed by Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Erwin!

We were introduced to Sam by Stryker Ostafew from Mill Middle School. Stryker was doing a project with his class and wanted to get a professional involved so he reached out to the Aquarium of Niagara and connected with Sam! As soon as we saw Sam on the Grid we knew she would make a perfect Flipgrid Explorer!

Sam is an Educator who has worked at the Aquarium of Niagara for nearly four years. We asked Sam about how she got into the field and she told us… I have loved animals since I was very young and always knew I wanted to do something with that love when I got older. I pursued my passion with an associates degree in Animal Management and have had hands on experience in the animal field serving as an intern and volunteer at various animal care facilities such as zoos, aquariums and even a horse farm. Now I am very happy to be a part of the Aquarium of Niagara’s amazing team teaching visitors all about our natural world.

If you haven’t participated in a Flipgrid Explorer Series, we’d love for this to be your first! As there will be classrooms from around the world joining, we recommend you:

  1. Start out with a brief lesson on digital citizenship and sharing what is/is not appropriate in a video response. We ask that each participating educator monitor her/his students' responses. 
  2. Let us know you're participating by filling out this form.
  3. Hop on the Grid with your students and have fun! 

To get an idea of what participating in an Explorer Series is like, check out Beth Mistretta's experience along with our previous Explorer Series Grids: RobotsMusic, Sharks, Code, Nature, Brains, Fossils, Raptors, and Antarctica!

#GridTips for #GridPals

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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#GridPals are taking the world by storm! With the leadership of Student Voice Ambassador Bonnie McClelland, over 1,000 classrooms world-wide have connected on Flipgrid. #GridPals are an innovative spin on pen-pals: educators leverage the power of Flipgrid to break down the walls of their classroom and engage students in meaningful learning experiences with peers around the world. To support your #GridPals experience, I've put together a few tips (and Discover Library Topics you can use!) to deepen the learning experience. And if you haven't yet, sign up to receive a #GridPal

⚡️LEARN from diverse perspectives & see what life is like from a different point of view.  To get started, simply have your class introduce themselves to others.
🔎 #GridPals Introduction Topic
🔎 #GridPals Mystery Location Topic
🔎 #GridPals Weather Center
#GridPals can also learn more about each other by sharing views about world events, family life, sports, religion, music and talents.

⚡️SHARE a love of learning with others. Students love sharing their favorite books with others while receiving recommendations for new books to explore.  This promotes positive reading habits and allows students to have thinking partners both in and out of their classroom.  Whether sharing a book or celebrating learning achievements, students will have fun being inspired by the happenings in each other's classrooms!
🔎 #GridPals Book Buddies
🔎 #GridPals Weekly Highlights

⚡️SUPPORT others by sharing strategies for learning.  Although students may work towards different standards all over the world, growth in learning is what's common among them.  Co-planning learning experiences with your CoPilot(s) will encourage students to take risks, share ideas, seek ways to address problems, and offer solutions. Encourage your students to create videos sharing learning or ideas that challenge their thinking, to ask for assistance,  or a model of a strategy to gain understanding.
🔎 #GridPals Math Challenges
🔎 #GridPals Ideas in Innovation
🔎 #GridPals Question Parking Lot
🔎 #GridPals Fail Forward

Connecting with others will help students to IMPROVE reading, writing, speaking, listening skills, content understanding, increase MOTIVATION and GLOBAL EMPATHY, help students participate in and ADVOCATE for equitable learning experiences, and meet FUTURISTIC LEARNING needs.  

#GridPals go forth and LEARN, SHARE, and SUPPORT one another!

See you on the grid,
Jornea

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Sean Forde 💫

Sean Forde, a K-5 STEAM Innovative Educator, has been rockin' on Flipgrid for over a year. He is a Flipgrid Certified Educator, Flipgrid Ambassador, and has shook the globe by leveraging the power of Flipgrid in creating a series World Read Aloud Grids! In addition to being incredible connector himself, Sean has inspired other educators to reach beyond the classroom walls and collaborate in innovative ways. To Sean, Flipgrid is MAGICAL! 🦄🌈

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#WednesdayWisdom from Sean Forde

Uses
I enjoy using Flipgrid as a way to break down the walls of the classroom and connect globally. I have two main projects. #WORLDReadAlouds allow a children's book to be brought to life one page at a time by people all around the world. In addition, I use Flipgrid to provide a different form of Flat Stanley reporting. It allows the student or friend to share Stanley's adventures through video instead of pictures.

Impact
Using Flipgrid to power World Read Alouds and Flat Stanley projects allows students and educators to learn more about geographic regions, and provides opportunities for cross-curricular learning experiences.  Students are not only excited to see locations from which pages are read, but they can be a part of the story themselves!

Advice
Have fun, shoot for the moon, and expect to fail a few times. Some of the best ideas and projects don't happen on the first attempt. Take it, refine it, and make it yours!

Learn from Sean: Check out Sean's Collection of #WorldReadAlouds

Sean is the reigning #FlipgridAppsmash Madness Champion 2018: Learn how to create your own collaborate read aloud with Flipgrid

Connect: Check out Sean's Rockstar Video

Join the legend on Twitter: @sean4d

World Record Wednesday 🏆

The following is a guest post from Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassadors Bronwyn Joyce, a Grade 5/6 Teacher from Traralgon, Victoria, Australia, Malinda Hurt, a Grade 7 English Teacher from Stillman Valley, Illinois, USA and Michael Drezek, a K-12 Technology Coordinator from Angola, New York, USA. The three of them make up the Our Global Classroom team.

It starts with you. It starts with us!
On May 9, 2018, you can be part of history! Our Global Classroom will aim for the student voice record books and attempt a World Record on Flipgrid. 24 Hours, all nations, all learners, across the globe, sharing the same message. We are calling on students, educators, digital citizens and global ambassadors to join together using your phone, tablet, or computer to record a message uniting The World. We don’t have long. 2030 is approaching. Share a global message. Share your hopes and dreams. For a better world. For a better future. Promoting the UN Global Goals is the beginning. It starts with you. It starts with us.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT: 

  1. World Record Wednesday kicks off at 8:00AM ET on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018. The topic will remain active for exactly 24 hours, closing at 8:00 AM EST on May 10th, 2018.
  2. On May 9th, go to our World Record Wednesday Gridhttp://flipgrid.com/2030wr
  3. Ask your students, your family, and members of your community to record a message telling us about the world you want to live in by 2030. Any language, any ideas, any structure. We are bringing the world together, so no barriers!
  4. Use this starter statement: “I see a world in 2030 that is……”. Feel free to appsmash and use any tech you want to create your message for the world!
  5. Share your experiences on Twitter using #Flipgrid2030WR

Need help or ideas? Visit http://globalgoals.org to learn about the global mission that many of us support! 

Why World Record Wednesday?
The year 2030 is approaching quickly and the Our Global Classroom team feel that many voices are needed to teach the world about the importance of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals. With the power of Flipgrid as a tool for amplifying student and educator voice, we can’t think of a better way to teach the world than from hearing from the world! To meet the SDGs, we MUST be ambitious. It is hard to take action when many aren’t aware of such goals. We want to change that with the help of Flipgrid! Our ambitious goal is 10,000+ voices spreading a message of hope across the world. We believe that with YOU, we can achieve this. We believe that with US, we can set a World Record and unite the world in just 24 hours. Our belief behind World Record Wednesday is what it will do for connecting voices and engaging people in world changing conversations.

We are challenging educators, students, digital citizens, global ambassadors and even world leaders to join the conversation that sparks action. Conversation to think global as a result of this experience.  Conversation to act local, improving your community and ultimately, our shared Global Classroom, the only ONE we have! We also ask you to share this experience with your family and community to take the learning beyond the classroom. Imagine if every school made this part of their learning experience for one day. We hope that it involves YOU because your voice and your actions matter.
 
All you need to start is to take a glimpse at the UN SDGs/Global Goals, think about the state of the world right now, think about a world we should see in 2030 if we achieve these goals and what we can do to make it happen!

It starts with YOU!
It starts with US!

Reach out to @JoyceBronwyn, @mrshurtteaches, and @m_drez with any questions or to share your excitement leading up to the big day and on the big day of May 9th, 2018. The Flipgrid community, the Our Global Classroom team and our world thanks you for joining in!

Student Voice Tour 🚌💚📣🎉🍎

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*BEEP BEEP* Seatbelts everyone! This Teacher Appreciation Week we're celebrating YOU and your incredible students by hitting the road on the first-ever 💚 Flipgrid Student Voice #FlipgridBusTour! 🚌

Charlie, Joey, Jornea, and Adam are venturing from Atlanta to New York City, stopping at schools along the way to witness first-hand the innovative ways you are championing student voice in your classroom! 

Join the adventure at flipgrid.com/tour, follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #FlipgridBusTour, and check out the schedule for our crazy journey below!

  • #ChargeUp ⚡️ Atlanta, Georgia (see below!)
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Davis Elementary School (Marietta, Georgia)
  • #PopUpPD ⛺️ Hendricks Elementary School (Powder Springs, Georgia)
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Barrow Elementary School (Athens, Georgia)
  • #FlipgridBytes 🌶 Charlotte, North Carolina
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Southeast Middle School (Kernersville, North Carolina)
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Davis Drive Middle School (Cary, North Carolina)
  • Flipgrid AMA 🎙 Washington, DC
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Kenilworth Elementary School (Bowie, Maryland)
  • #PopUpPD ⛺️ Arlington Traditional School (Arlington, Virginia)
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Bullis School (Potomac, Maryland)
  • #FlipgridBytes 🌶 Wilmington, Delaware
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Springville School (Mount Laurel, New Jersey)
  • #PopUpPD ⛺️ Old Bridge High School (Matawan, New Jersey)
  • #ChargeUp ⚡️ Hoboken, New Jersey (see below!)
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Woodward Parkway Elementary School (Farmingdale, New York)
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Bay Shore Middle School (Bayshore, New York)
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Kickemuit Middle School (Warren, Rhode Island)
  • #StuVoice Party 📣 Hugh Cole School (Warren, Rhode Island)

If you're in the Atlanta or New Jersey area, we'd love to have you join us at our #PositiveNoise Charge Up. Register below!

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Natasha Rachell 💫

Natasha Rachell, a Digital Learning Specialist from Atlanta, GA, has been rockin' out Flipgrid since October 2013 🙌.  Over the past 4.5 years, Natasha has witnessed the vast impact of Flipgrid in multiple learning environments.  She is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador who shares Flipgrid not only within her district but also at educational conferences and summits around the United States and world-wide through Twitter!  As she would say "It's easy to get started, just use my FREE 45 day trial code RACHELL if you're interested."  Natasha expresses that Flipgrid is POWERFUL 💥.

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#WednesdayWisdom from Natasha Rachell

Uses
As a central office-based educator and presenter I use Flipgrid to drive my professional development sessions in the following ways:
👋introductions
📝collect feedback
🤝share best practices
💡participant lightbulb/ ah-ha moments

Teachers with whom I work are using Flipgrid for various learning experiences:
📖book reports
🛎bell ringers
✅exit tickets to check for understanding
🗣assess oral fluency in world language classes
➕make mathematical thinking visible
🤔engage in the inquiry process of learning
🔬explore and share steps in the scientific method

Impact
Plain and simple...Flipgrid gives students a VOICE!  Flipgrid allows those that are quiet and nervous the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts in a manner that is conducive to their learning styles.  It appeals to every student in the classroom.  I love that students are able to show their personalities through the manner in which they record as well as creating the "thumbnail" photo for their responses with stickers.  Flipgrid has grown so organically but has spread like wild-fire in our district!  In addition to teachers using Flipgrid, administrators use Flipgrid to flip staff meetings and our central office staff embraces Flipgrid as a means of collecting feedback from professional learning sessions.  

Advice
Dive in and try it!!! Don't be scared!  Put it out in the universe to see!  Students are engaging with Flipgrid from ALL across the world!  Once you figure it out, share it with other educators!  The more, the merrier!

Learn from Natasha

Connect
Check out Natasha's Rockstar Video:

Twitter:  @apsitnatasha