💚 Heartland #FlipgridBusTour

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We’ve been East, South, West, and abroad… for our next #StudentVoice odyssey, we’re staying close to home! Join us as we venture from Flipgrid Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota across the rolling fields to the roaring falls on the Heartland #FlipgridBusTour!

If you’re in the area (or suddenly have travel plans), we’d love to have you join us during the journey at…

🦄 #TeacherAppreciationMonth #FlipgridFever + Pear Deck Party | May 13, 2019, Iowa City, Iowa
🍁 Toronto #FlipgridFever-ella | May 18, 2019, Toronto, Canada

And get ready for a whirlwind of inspiration and #StudentVoice magic on Twitter, Instagram, and Flipgrid with…

🍎 Shannon Miller in Des Moines, Iowa
🍏 Andrew Fenstermaker @ Van Allen Elementary
🍎 Malinda Hurt at Meridian Junior High School
🍏 Michael Abramczyk in Oak Lawn, Illinois
🍎 Andy Knueven in Calumet City, Illinois
🍏 Melisa Hayes @ Avery Elementary
🍎 Michael Drezek @ John T Waugh Elementary
🍏 Jen Giffen in Toronto, Canada

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💫 Student Voice Rockstar: Karie Frauenhoffer

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Every child needs a champion, and every educator needs a cheerleader! Karie Frauenhoffer, a 7th Grade ELA & Personalized Learning Lead Teacher, from Kernersville, North Carolina, cheers, uplifts, and amplifies educators around the world. She discovered Flipgrid in April 2017 and has been a leader in the #FlipgridFever community as a Flipgrid Certified Educator, Student Voice Ambassador, and #GridGuide! In May 2018, we had the pleasure of meeting during the first Flipgrid Bus Tour. Her excitement, energy, and passion for creating unique experiences for her students is evident in the quest to learn and share with fellow educators.

⭐️MAGNIFICENT ⭐️ is the one word that enters Karie’s mind when she thinks of Flipgrid. We feel the same way about Karie!

#WednesdayWisdom from Karie

Uses
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Goal setting and reflecting
📖 Book talks
📝 Editing writing
👥 Peer reviews
👨‍👩‍👧 Family communication
👨‍🏫 Sub plans
📚 Novel projects

Impact
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Flipgrid has allowed me to reach some of my most unreachable kids. It has provided an avenue of communication that students feel comfortable using and even if they aren't showing their faces-- they are sharing their voices and that's what is so important. 💕

Advice
If at first you don't succeed... ask the #FlipgridFever community and try again. I can not tell you the number of times I have thought of an amazing Flipgrid-infused activity and it didn't go as my brain had dreamed it. I could have easily given up and just stopped trying with Flipgrid -- but, I reached out to this amazing FAMILY of educators and within a mere matter of MINUTES had several solutions to my troubles and an entire cheering squad to ensure I didn't lose the faith. It is so hard when you are first introducing a new tool to students or fellow staff members and their apathy towards newness and change can be disheartening but the #FlipgridFever community is a global force of positivity and support that you really can't go wrong! So, go... DO! Try! And don't worry... we've got you covered :)! 🙌

Learn from Karie
#DiscoLibrary Topics
Twitter: @legitkfrauey
Check out Karie’s Rockstar Video:

Let's Amplify on International #StudentVoiceDay 🌅

On April 24th, 2019, educators and students from around the world will unite to celebrate International #StudentVoiceDay! During the 24-hour period, students will join the Our Global Classroom Flipgrid and answer one question : How will you use your voice to change the world?

Want to join the fun? It’s easy!

  1. Fill out this form to let the OGC crew know you are participating.

  2. Download the image above and spread the word by sharing #StudentVoiceDay on social media. Let’s make this a global phenomenon!

  3. On April 24th*, have your students share their voice on the official #StudentVoiceDay Topic.

Additionally, at 8p CST on the 24th we will continue the celebration with an extra-special #StudentVoiceDay edition of the world-renowned #FlipgridFever Twitter chat!

We can’t wait to celebrate with you and the global educator community!

*If April 24th doesn’t work for your students, please feel free to have them share in this Topic on any day leading up to #StudentVoiceDay. Additionally, keep the magic of #StudentVoiceDay going past the 24th by connecting with another class via #MysterySkype!

Integration Doc: Flipgrid in Administration 🧭👨🏽‍💼👩🏻‍💼

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What is Flipgrid? 💭

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every educator an equal and amplified voice on the Topics you define!

 

Flipgrid Basics 💻📱🖥

When you set up your account, you’ll first create a Grid for your learning community. Grids are the canvas you will use to post discussion Topics, to which your learning community will post short video Responses. That’s how they share their voice! Learners can then view and Reply to each other’s Responses! Flipgrid is available on the web or via our Windows 10, iOS, or Android apps.

If you’re just getting started, we recommend checking out the Flipgrid Educator Innovation Station. It’s filled with everything you need to become a Flipgrid pro!

 

Flipgrid in Administration

School leaders work daily to create the best conditions for learning, support classroom teaching, and share the wonderful achievements of their schools. Flipgrid provides the opportunity to engage, support, and share any time and place! Flipgrid improves visibility, communication, and connections of administrators by allowing stakeholders to receive information, engage in conversations, share successes, and receive support beyond face to face conversations. Here are just a few ways that Flipgrid can ignite school and district engagement within any setting:

⭐️ Articulate and implement school or district vision for high quality learning
⭐️ Create and reflect on school/ district goals
⭐️ Promote a positive school culture
⭐️ Conduct virtual faculty meetings
⭐️ Observation feedback
⭐️ Share schools and district updates
⭐️ Conduct potential faculty and staff pre-interviews
⭐️ Capture school events - sporting events, performance events, talent shows, spirit days
⭐️ Build a strong community within the school or district
⭐️ Share schools and district updates with faculty and staff
⭐️ Improve school climate highlighting educators, students, and families
⭐️ Share, engage in discussion, and use data for school improvement
⭐️ Personal reflections to support professional growth
⭐️ Share best practices
⭐️ Curate resources for educators and families to support learning
⭐️ Share accomplishments and receive feedback from the community
⭐️ House professional learning for educators to access
⭐️ Manage organization and daily operations

Once you’re ready to create your first discussion Topic, you can dive right in from your Educator Admin or head to the Disco Library for inspiration. Here is a sampling of topics for Administration currently available in the Disco Library, all created by your peers and ready to be used with your community!

🚀 Ideas + Disco Library: Administration

Back to School Staff FlipHunt by Karen Cormay: A topic that promotes team building by engaging educators in tasks that require them to work collaboratively while they also learn more about each other.

Staff Appreciation by Heather Renshaw: A topic for faculty and staff to share their appreciation for one another.

Engaging Families in Schools by Sarah Said: A Topic to develop an understanding and call for action to improve family engagement in schools.

Learner Environments Today by Beth Clarke: A Topic that engages school leaders in exploring “look fors” to support learning for all students.

Discover and Share a Resource by Tanya Churchill: A Topic to promote discovery and learning allowing educators to share their findings with the staff.

Classroom Observation by Jayme Linton: A Topic to use for observations or to encourage educators to observe and learn best practices from one another.

Principal for a Day by Alyssa Moody: A fun Topic that helps build empathy about job roles as principal and educator switch roles for a day.

My Inbox by Eric Garcia: A Topic administrators can use to receive important video messages from staff, students, and families.

School Board Officials by Sydney Munsterman: A Topic encouraging board members to play an active role in connecting with educators and students.

Share a Strategy by Susan Payne: A topic to generate ways to build positive relationships with students.

Mindfulness by Jornea Erwin: A topic that engages a school faculty in the art of mindfulness to create a positive school culture.

Faculty Share Your Goals by Shari North: A topic to promote support with goals and build community amongst faculty members.

Summer Vacay - Staff by Melissa Culver: A fun topic to welcome new and returning faculty and staff sharing a glimpse of their summer vacation away from school.

 

Consider this: ISTE Standards for Education Leaders 💡

Visionary Planner 2 - Leaders engage others in establishing a vision, strategic plan and ongoing evaluation cycle for transforming learning with technology.  2b: Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.

Empowering Leader 3 - Leaders create a culture where teachers and learners are empowered to use technology in innovative ways to enrich teaching and learning.  3d: Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.

Connected Learner 5 - Leaders model and promote continuous professional learning for themselves and others. 5C: Use technology to regularly engage in reflective practices that support personal and professional growth.

 

Want even more!? 🤓

💥Join the #FlipgridFever educator community on Twitter and Facebook! Follow school and district administrators like Judyann Burgess, Dr. Randall Sampson, and Bill Selak for tons of mic-drop Flipgrid ideas.

💥While you’re at it, say hi to Flipgrid Education Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Jess Boyce, and Ann Kozma. Jornea, Jess, and Ann are always here to support you!

💥Bookmark our monthly newsletter for the latest happenings and check out our Educator Innovation Station for administrative and classroom integration ideas.

💥Explore the Help Center for answers to most common questions.

💥Become a Flipgrid Certified Educator.

There is no limit to the ways you can use Flipgrid in Administration. Dive in and help all of your faculty and staff define their voice, share their voice, and respect the diverse voice of their peers. We are here to support you as you engage and amplify!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, MN

Tips & Tricks for Flipgrid in PreK-2 Classrooms 🧠💭💡

The following blog post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Lead Ann Kozma and members of the #FlipgridFever community.

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As a former first grade teacher, I know that with additional supports, creative workflows, and specific instructions, even the littlest learners can be successful when using technology to share their voices. I reached out to some amazing primary teachers to drop their tips, tricks, and best practices for leveraging Flipgrid. Here’s what they had to say…

Joe Merrill    is a 1st Grade Teacher in Naples, Florida.

Joe Merrill is a 1st Grade Teacher in Naples, Florida.

Brandi MIller    is a 1st Grade Teacher in Auburndale, Florida.

Brandi MIller is a 1st Grade Teacher in Auburndale, Florida.

Eric Garcia    is a 1st Grade teacher in mcfarland, California

Eric Garcia is a 1st Grade teacher in mcfarland, California

Sara Malchow    is a Digital Learning SPecialist in Pulaski, Wisconsin

Sara Malchow is a Digital Learning SPecialist in Pulaski, Wisconsin

Michael Hughes    is a Kindergarten teacher in Corona, California

Michael Hughes is a Kindergarten teacher in Corona, California

Susan Stewart    is a tech coach and started the #k2cantoo movement in fresno, california

Susan Stewart is a tech coach and started the #k2cantoo movement in fresno, california

If you teach young students, please feel free to reach out to any of these incredible educators. They all share generously and are willing to help you take the next step with Flipgrid in your primary classroom! For even more tips, check out the PreK-2 Integration Docs. Moreover, as always, reach out any time if you have any questions.

See you on the Grid!
💚 Ann