Global Connections and Other Fun Things

A few weeks ago we announced that 800% more teachers joined Flipgrid this January compared to January 2016. This growth is the result of our innovative teachers finding value in Flipgrid and sharing with their friends and colleagues. We see all of your tweets, and we are extremely grateful for you. We couldn't be more excited that so many teachers are exploring new ways to connect with students and empower student voice. 

Over the past few weeks we've released several updates that you may have noticed. Read on to find out more.

Global Connections

Our core mission is to amplify and empower student voice. What better way than connecting with classes on opposite sides of the globe. To check out Global Connections, click the Connections tab from within your Flipgrid Admin to peruse shared grids or share your own. 

Custom Topic Videos

You know what will get your students talking - don't let us stand in the way! Now you can record a topic stimulus video, upload a video from your computer, or embed anything from YouTube. 

Grid Followers

Students can now follow a grid to receive a weekly or daily email notification when there is new grid activity, such as a new topic posted or new video response recorded.

Lastly, something to celebrate...

January was our biggest month ever, with over 45,000,000 seconds of student video recorded and shared. That's over 520 days of video in one month! Thank you to all our amazing teachers who empower student voice every second of every day. We promise to continue listening to you, supporting you, and releasing the features and updates you ask for on a regular basis. Stay tuned for more fun updates soon!

Flipgrid Announces Explosive 800% Year-Over-Year Growth in 2017

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Flipgrid, the video platform for empowering student voice in pre-K to Ph.D. classrooms, today announced 800 percent year-over-year (YoY) growth in new teacher accounts for January 2017, eclipsing the record 450 percent YoY growth the platform experienced in fall 2016. In addition, an estimated 150,000 new students joined Flipgrid in January from 136 countries around the world.

Teachers Fuel Unparalleled Expansion

Using Flipgrid One and Flipgrid Classroom, teachers amplify student voice by creating a digital community, or “grid,” in which they and their students record short videos to spark discussions, share perspectives and reflect on learning together. All students have an equal, shared voice on Flipgrid and teachers can provide individualized feedback on each student response.

“Struggling students are unlikely to do much with feedback if they aren’t invested. The best way to get them invested is to let them use technology to express themselves,” shared Michael Ziegler, Content Area Leader and English Language Arts teacher at Novi High School in Michigan. “Talking about writing is a stressful endeavor for most young writers–even the good ones. Using Flipgrid to turn that process into a student-driven, premeditated, predictable, finite process alleviates all sorts of stresses that otherwise tend to silence less experienced writers. It’s the most productive 90 seconds my kids have ever spent on their phones."

Classroom success stories like this are fueling the extraordinary growth of Flipgrid every day. Teachers learn about Flipgrid from each other, primarily on Twitter and in their professional learning networks. They see the impact student voice has on their classrooms and share their stories with each other.

“This has always been the Flipgrid story,” said Dr. Charlie Miller, cofounder of Flipgrid. “From day one our growth has been predominantly organic, the result of our amazing teachers encouraging each other to ignite social learning in their classrooms with Flipgrid. Teachers love platforms that are simple, engaging and impactful for their students.”

Students record and post their videos on Flipgrid using any browser, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Not surprisingly, the company’s mobile app downloads also reached a new threshold in 2017: the Flipgrid iOS and Android apps were downloaded more than 125,000 times since January 1.

“Our mission is empowering students to share their perspectives, experiences and positions in classroom discussions whenever and wherever they want,” said Jim Leslie, cofounder of Flipgrid. “We accomplish this mission every 19 seconds of every day when a student records a video and shares their voice on Flipgrid.”

Flipgrid One is free for all teachers and students. Flipgrid Classroom is available for $65 per teacher per year or $400 for packs of 10 teacher subscriptions. To learn more about Flipgrid, please visit http://www.flipgrid.com.

About Flipgrid

Flipgrid is the leading video platform for social learning in pre-K to Ph.D. classrooms around the world. To learn more, please visit http://www.flipgrid.com.

Introducing Flipgrid One and Flipgrid Classroom

The following post is written by Jim Leslie, CEO and Cofounder of Flipgrid.

The Flipgrid PreK to PhD educator community is inspiring in so many ways. We are constantly amazed by the new, creative ways they engage students in social learning on Flipgrid. If you’re a frequent reader of our blog, you know that we’ve been releasing new capabilities at an unparalleled pace just to keep up with our teachers’ suggestions - featuring, moving/duplicating, Glance, variable response lengths, video transcripts, and more.

And then it happened. In our last Flipgrid Ambassador call, one teacher said, “when are you going to address the inequity of students not able to learn in Flipgrid because their teacher can’t afford the subscription?” Whoa. Our mission has always been about equality of student voice. Every update to Flipgrid is designed to amplify student voice and lift student engagement to new heights. We’ve always known Flipgrid has meaningful impact on both teachers and students, but we hadn’t really considered the corollary - the absence of Flipgrid. Fixing this became our top priority!

Flipgrid One.

Today, we’re announcing Flipgrid One, a free, single-grid version of Flipgrid that allows any teacher to engage her or his class in the Flipgrid experience and empower student voice. Flipgrid One teachers can have as many topics and student responses in their grid as they like. All the affordances necessary to safely and fully engage students are thoughtfully integrated within Flipgrid One: password-protection, moderation, transcripts, free iOS and Android apps, and more.

 

 

Flipgrid Classroom.

Teachers who use Flipgrid in multiple classes and/or want to have more control over their Flipgrid experience will use Flipgrid Classroom. Priced at $65 for individual subscriptions and $400 for 10-packs, Flipgrid Classroom enables teachers to create and manage unlimited grids, topics, responses, and replies-to-responses; feature student responses; move and duplicate grid structure and content; embed fully-functional grids into other environments such as an LMS or class website; and much, much more on the near term horizon - stay tuned!

Feedback + Assessment.

In addition, Flipgrid Classroom includes our new Student Feedback and Assessment capabilities designed by our amazing Flipgrid teachers. Flipgrid Classroom teachers can now assess, document, and provide quantitative and qualitative feedback to individual students in a private, simple way...the Flipgrid way! Just click on any student response video, rate the student on both the quality of their Presentation and their Ideas, and add any comments you like. This is only scratching the surface of individualized and group feedback in Flipgrid Classroom...we can’t wait to hear what you think!

 

We’re so excited to be offering Flipgrid One to teachers across the globe. This is a huge improvement over our old 30-day demo and allows every student to benefit from Flipgrid. Our sincere thanks to Flipgrid teachers and students for their support, enthusiasm, and guidance. We are in this journey together, and we couldn’t be more proud.

Jim Leslie
CEO/Cofounder

What's new at Flipgrid?

A lot! We're continuously making improvements to Flipgrid based on feedback we receive from our community of educators, Flipgrid Ambassadors, and students. Today we're excited to announce three major updates!

Move and Duplicate

One of the things we hear the most is that our teachers want to create a grid for their class, fill it with topics, and then duplicate that structure for other classes. It's now super easy to duplicate grids and topics as well as move responses. Log in to your Flipgrid Admin to move responses between topics, duplicate topics between grids, or make a full copy of a grid for another class!

Featured Topics and Responses

Many teachers have indicated that, from time to time, they'd like to promote a particularly impactful student video, allowing them to model a great performance or highlight an innovative idea. You can now feature one or more student responses, bringing those responses to the top. From within your Flipgrid admin, click the star next to the topic or response and it will be featured.

Glance

Watching and reviewing Flipgrid videos from your iPhone or Android device is easier than ever thanks to our new Glance view. Glance will automatically play videos as you scroll, allowing you to quickly and easily catch up on all your students' videos. Of course, you can always switch to Grid-view and choose which videos you'd like to watch.

Be the first to hear about Flipgrid updates (we've got some big things coming before the end of the year!) by following us on Twitter. Give us a shout anytime by emailing hello@flipgrid.com or tweeting us @flipgrid.

Our Microsoft Partnership

The following post is by Dr. Charlie Miller (@design2research), Flipgrid cofounder and Chief Design Officer.

Our story began with 12 students. We built Flipgrid in 2011 for an instructional design PhD course that I taught at the University of Minnesota. The platform didn’t have a name in those early days, but when I viewed my first student’s video response and saw their ideas come to life with emotion and excitement, I felt the spark of something special that was about to ignite.

Fast forward five years, 2 children, a startup, and lots of coffee. Flipgrid now empowers student voice in more than 35,000 classrooms across 136 countries on all 7 continents… yep, even Antarctica. Numbers aside, we are still only scratching the surface of ways to support teachers as they amplify student voice, encourage respect of diverse ideas, and inspire active learning throughout their classrooms, schools, and communities. 

Today, I am honored to announce that Flipgrid has partnered with Microsoft Education (@Microsoft_Edu) and Skype in the Classroom (@SkypeClassroom) to support our wonderful Flipgrid educators and fuel the power of student voice in all classrooms. Our team has been working with various teams at Microsoft for the past 6 months and we have experienced firsthand their genuine love for educators and students, their passion for supporting innovation in the classroom, and their drive to empower student voice by nurturing a growth mindset. “Always learning” has become the fabric of our discussions and collaboration. 

So, how does our new partnership with Microsoft impact our Flipgrid users:

1. First, we designed a FREE course appropriately named “Amplifying Student Voice” that is featured in the Microsoft Educator Community. This course examines the critical role of student voice in transforming your students, classroom, school, and community through building confidence, respect, and empowerment. In addition, we highlight several integration ideas to enable student voice in the modern classroom using Flipgrid, Skype in the Classroom, and Sway. Please take the course (it’s worth 500 points!) and let us know what you think!

2. Through a special promotion with Microsoft, all Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE) now have access to Flipgrid for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. MIEE is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries using technology to pave the way for their peers for better learning and student outcomes. If you are a MIEE and want to amplify student voice in your classroom, please click here and create your Flipgrid account with your Microsoft login credentials.

3. Finally, we have some exciting and powerful integrations in the works that I can’t share… just yet. We have been designing several new Flipgrid features with our Flipgrid Ambassadors and MIEEs over the past few months and can’t wait to see them used in your Flipgrid classroom later this fall and in the spring! Stay tuned…

“Thank you” to our remarkable teachers and students. Your stories power our team. Every day.

See you on the grid,
Charlie Miller, PhD

Flipgrid + EdCamp

EdCamps are independently organized, participant-driven professional learning experiences for educators. They take place all over the world and bring together teachers looking for ways innovate the learning experience and get the most of out their students. Flipgrid is proud to have been a part of many of these events over the years.

Many of our teachers have used Flipgrid with their EdCamp by setting up a grid for the event. It's great for introductions, idea sharing, and continued dialogue. We also sponsor EdCamps with monetary and license donations. This past month Flipgrid sponsored EdCamps in Minneapolis, Tampa Bay, and North Carolina, and are proudly sponsoring several in the near future:

If you are organizing or planning to attend an EdCamp, please let us know about sponsorship opportunities by emailing hello@flipgrid.com. We're proud to support the wonderful teachers that put together and attend these events!