#GridTip with Jornea Erwin: Winter Break Flipgrid Fun

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Erwin. In this series Jornea will share a unique #GridTip to help you make the most of your Flipgrid subscription!


Winter is coming, snow is here, although school's almost out for break, students sometime lack cheer. Often time, over winter break, students are sent home with packets to complete. The first question when they return is  “What did you do over winter break?”. Let's change it up and engage our students in fun and meaningful experiences with their families while staying connected with Flipgrid! 

Step 1: Create your Winter Break Grid
Did you know you can customize your Grid banner?

Step 2: Add Topics
Here are 10 suggested topics for the winter break from the Flipgrid Discovery Library - each one is linked so you can easily add it to your grid!

  1. Acts of Kindness for Mr. Grinch
  2. My Special Holiday Celebration
  3. Code a Snowflake
  4. Holiday MadLibs
  5. Holiday Wishes
  6. Winter Olympics 2018
  7. Holiday Music
  8. #12DaysOfFlipgrid
  9. Winter Break Book Club
  10. Holiday Math Challenge
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Step 3: Share with students & their families
Use the share button to capture the link and/ or QR code to share with students and families.

Step 4: Have fun!
Encourage your students to reply back and share the holiday fun. Watch as the excitement grows.

I hope everyone enjoys their winter break! 

See you on the grid!

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Malinda Hurt 💫

Malinda Hurt, a 7th grade English teacher, has had #FlipgridFever 🔥🔥🔥  since May of 2016.  She is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador who always inspires team Flipgrid to think of ways to best meet the needs of students.  Malinda strives to support her students as global learners by connecting them with students around the world using Flipgrid.  Malinda's one word for Flipgrid is also how we describe Malinda, "innovative."  Be sure to check out her global grid in which she uses the "spark"⚡️ feature to highlight a student response as it's own topic 🙌.



We use Flipgrid for a multitude of learning activities in the classroom. I began using Flipgrid to offer a more relevant way for students to articulate their thoughts before writing. It helped free up some areas that were previously clouded with fear and stress due to writers block. From there is spread like fire. My past students shared funny pet peeves of mine with my group this year. A fun way to connect, feel community, and get the year started. We use Flipgrid to reflect on personal and academic goals, the writing process, and even why or how they revised their work.  Students also use Flipgrid in the classroom to share skits teaching their peers about content or new vocabulary words. The new Ideas feature has transformed what a student-led unit looks like, along with the spark feature. Flipgrid creates collaborative groups that are not constrained by class period or availability. Student ask for help, offer guidance, share resources and reflect together in these spaces. Students have engaged with a global community; whether jumping in and teaching younger students, or learning from other students on how to integrate new technology. Students have shared their voice through the #whatif grid and have challenged themselves to be active participants in the global community - through Flipgrid.

As well, Flipgrid has completely changed what PD looks like for me. We used it for reflection after an edCamp. I have also connected with educators all over the globe, sharing resources and reflecting on best practice. 

Flipgrid has broken down barriers that previously held us back. Whether that barrier is time, grouping, availability, or even value. My students see that I value their voice, so they too are taking a greater stake in what they say and how they say it. 

Jump in and try it! Follow #FlipgridFever and #TopicThursdays for new ideas. Use it for yourself- my own fears and insecurities were also theirs, it helped to be understanding in the process. Their confidence grew, just as mine has - because I gave them room to take charge of how and for what they used their voice for. 


Twitter: @mrshurtteaches

Global Grids:
mhinform (Informative- Social Networks)
adveng (Advanced English Vocabulary Routine)

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Kristin Merrill 💫

Kristin Merrill, a fourth grade English Language Arts Teacher, has been rockin' out Flipgrid for over a year! She is a Flipgrid Certified Educator & Flipgrid Ambassador who always gives her heart and time to encourage and support teachers as they implement Flipgrid, including teachers within her school district and throughout the world via Twitter.  She contributes greatly to the Flipgrid community and currently has the most "used" topics in the Flipgrid Discovery Library.  Kristin is also an organizer and co-moderator of the hottest Twitter chat on the planet: #FlipgridFever 🔥🔥🔥.  Although Kristin's family and school district were affected by hurricanes this fall, she stayed connected to make sure students were safe and kept her students engaged in learning while out of school by using Flipgrid 🙌.  To Kristin, Flipgrid is "flexible" and "universal!"




As an English Language Arts Teacher I use Flipgrid for:

  • debates
  • book reviews
  • literature circles
  • parent homework assignments
  • genius hour
  • project sharing
  • green screen app smashing
  • pen-pal buddies
  • personalized thank you videos
  • class introductions
  • fluency reads


Flipgrid creates a sense of community. It allows the kids in class to communicate with each other both at school and at home. It has also helped me as a teacher to hold students more accountable during the day.


Start small. Find one way to use it each week. From there, keep adding in new ideas and new activities each week.


Check out Kristin's Rockstar intro:

Twitter: @FriendsinFourth

Global Grid: Cricket in Times Square



#GridTip with Jornea Erwin: Genius Hours

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Erwin. In this series Jornea will share a unique #GridTip to help you make the most of your Flipgrid subscription!


As educators, we want our students take an active role in their learning and explore what interests them over time.  When asked how often this practice occurs within the classroom, a similar response is often resonated, “I want to BUT….We don’t have time” or “If we had more time, etc.”  TIME is always a factor.  So instead of having a "Yes, BUT" attitude let’s leverage the asynchronous video power of Flipgrid and have a "Yes, AND" attitude that empowers our students to take ownership of their learning.

Whether you adopt “Genius Hour”, “20% Time” or “Passion Projects” the most important aspect of each of these concepts is to empower learners to take the wheel in the driver’s seat and begin a journey that is important to them.  The students choose the destination, the reason, and route and you, as well as other teachers, students, and community members are there to support them on their journey.  Leveraging Flipgrid’s capabilities can transform these amazing practices and allow your students to learn, share and grow anytime, anywhere and with anyone they choose.

Here are 5 Savvy Tips for getting started with your Flipgrid 20% Genius Passion Projects

Savvy Tip #1:  Set up a GRID specifically for your 20%, Genius, or Passion Project.  This will be a special place for your students that will be filled with wonder, excitement, collaboration and impact. Flipgrid Classroom subscribers can even create a unique grid code when setting up the grid for students to easily remember and access the grid.

Savvy Tip #2: Use the IDEAS feature in Flipgrid for students to share their wonders and ideas for 20% Genius Passion time.  IDEAS are 15 sec. videos that are housed at the top of your grid, right above the topics.   Your students can use this space to succinctly communicate their interests for the projects.

Savvy Tip #3:  After conferring with students 1:1 or replying to their IDEAS post, support the student in determining which idea is best for them to explore for their project.  Once this is selected Spark the IDEA and it now becomes it’s own TOPIC!  Yes, that’s right - each student will ultimately have a TOPIC on your 20% Genius Passion Project Grid!

Savvy Tip #4: Have students house their research, videos of their process, interviews and support as RESPONSES to their TOPIC.  When students add a RESPONSE post, encourage students to use the “#” when typing in the title - on the LAST STEP of submission - when entering info.  This will allow you and the student to easily sort like information.  For example it will be important for students to constantly reflect, therefore if the post is a reflection use #reflection.  Here is a list of recommended hashtags for your 20% Genius Passion Projects:

#goals - to communicate specific goals students have for their projects
#interview -to use when students interview others to gain further insights about their project
#mentor - to use when students are offered advice or communicate with those serving as a mentor
#reflection - to use when students are determining what is working well and what needs to be changed
#support or #help  - to use if students are asking for support from teachers or peers
#(month) - to identify what aspects students worked on each month of they were engaged in the process
#feedback - to identify any feedback given in responses or replies to responses

Savvy Tip #5: Allow students to share their projects and demonstrate their knowledge to others in the community, with other classes & through social media. This supports students building their own networks, broadening their perspectives, and personalizing their learning process.

So remember whichever one you choose - 20% Time, Genius Hour or Passion Projects, go forth and EMPOWER YOUR LEARNERS!  See you on the grid!

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Stacey Roshan 💫

Stacey Rochan, a technology coordinator, math teacher, and amazing educational blogger has been rockin' out Flipgrid since the very beginning! As a Flipgrid Ambassador and Flipgrid Certified Educator, she has seen the evolution of Flipgrid and is amazed with all of the updates, especially the Flipgrid One access for all!  Stacy is keen on many things edtech, but boasts Flipgrid is "inspirED" and allows people to become inspired!


#Wednesday Wisdom from Stacey Roshan


For student reflections, for students to verbalize their process (in working through math problems), for students to have a private Q&A exchange with me, and to have conversations.


Just open it up and let your imagination soar with the possibilities. Much of the brilliance of Flipgrid lies in how easy it is to use. As the teacher, there are no student accounts to set up. For the student, they can record with a computer or a phone. And there is no sign in required, no uploading or downloading of files; students simply press a green plus sign and start talking to the camera.


Check out Stacey's Flipgrid Rockstar response:

Flipgrid Explorer Series: Code


For our next Explorer Series, we wanted to try something a bit different. We know that many of you are working on coding projects with your learners, so we thought, who better to be our next Flipgrid Explorers than our very own developers, Liz Maddy and Paul Conlin. During this two-week series, Liz and Paul will talk about computer science, how they got into coding, and what that means on a day-to-day basis here at Flipgrid HQ.

Join us December 4 - 15 to talk about coding, the design process, and how an idea becomes a functional feature in Flipgrid. In addition to sharing their expertise, Liz and Paul will ask your students to discuss a project they're working on, taking it from ideation to reflection over the two weeks.

If you're looking for an awesome way to integrate this Explorer Series into your curriculum, check out this amazing HyperDoc from Karly Moura: Flipgrid Explorer Series: Code HyperDoc

Here is the Topic overview for the Series:

  • Pre-Knowledge, live now: What do you know about coding? What questions do you have about how your favorite website works? Also, feel free to share any questions you have about computer science, developers, and coding!
  • The Source Code, December 4-15: Here Liz and Paul will share their story and lives as developers!
  • Week 1, December 4-8: The logic of coding is all around us! Share a project you're working on! What problem are you trying to solve and what are the challenges? Don't have a project you're working on? No problem, let us know: what's a piece of technology that you have that your teacher did not have at your age? How has this technology changed our lives?
  • Week 2, December 11-15: Showcase your project! What was your goal? What challenges did you overcome? What was the end result? If you don't have a project, no problem: let us know what technology advancement do you think will come next? 
  • Debugging, December 4-15: Share your questions for Liz and Paul in this Topic; they’ll answer as many as they can!
  • Reflection, December 15: What's something you learned about computer science?

If you’re interested in joining this Explorer Series, please let us know at: code@flipgrid.com.

Join the discussion now: flipgrid.com/code

If you haven’t participating in a Flipgrid Explorer Series, we’d love to have you join us. To get an idea of what it's like, check out Antarctica, Raptors, Fossils, Brains, and Nature.

Liz joined Flipgrid back when the platform was in its early stages in the University of Minnesota’s LT Media Lab under the direction of our Chief Design Officer and Co-Founder Charlie Miller. Liz is the proud mother of two rambunctious children, can be seen with her iconic Mr. T pink coffee mug, and works on our visual web design. After graduating with a degree in Entrepreneurial studies, Paul taught himself how to code. He joined our team shortly after we became an independent company. Paul enjoys riding to work on his Boosted Board and architecting a majority of what you see on Flipgrid on the web!