Earth Day - Share Your Voice!

The following is a guest post from Jodie Deinhammer. Jodie is a science teacher at Coppell Middle School East in Dallas, TX. She has created a global project that connects teachers and students in celebration of Earth Day. 

This year for Earth Day, we will partner with schools around the world to conduct a BioBlitz and compare our communities.  Join us as we capture nature, become citizen scientists, debate, challenge others, and create art!

1.  SAY HI: Introduce your team. Share where you are from and why Earth Day is important to your group.  What are your team goals?

2. EXPERIMENT: Conduct a bioblitz (a quick survey of living things) in your neighborhood or community.  Create a quick video slideshow of your images of living things using an app such as Clips or iMovie and share your environment by uploading it on FlipGrid.  You can also upload your images to our iNaturalist project and become citizen scientists!

You can read more about the BioBlitz from Apple Education.  There are several really awesome lessons here to celebrate Earth Day.

3. DEBATE: As a group, decide if you think we should be concerned with climate change. Share your opinion here and make sure to defend your thoughts and opinions with reputable science.

4. CHALLENGE: Come up with a challenge to pose to our audience to encourage them to make a difference and protect our planet.  What can you say in under a minute that would convince someone to make every day Earth Day? Give them a specific challenge, such as meatless Monday. Start your challenge with "I will..." as your commitment and encourage them to do the same.

5. CREATE: Using only recycled material you find on campus or at home, create an original art piece.  Share your art and explain the materials you used and why it is helpful to keep them out of the landfill.

6. REFLECT: What did you learn? What surprised you the most? What questions do you still have? This room will open at the conclusion of the project.

So far schools in Ohio, Texas, New York, Virginia, and Bangladesh have joined this project.  If you want to join us, SIGN UP HERE!

Download the FlipGrid App and use the code earthday or use https://flipgrid.com/earthday on your computer.

Flipgrid is a 2017 Webby Awards Finalist!

Woohoo! Flipgrid was officially nominated as a 2017 Webby Awards Finalist in the Social category for Mobile Sites and Apps. Regarded as “The Internet’s Highest Honor” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet.

Please vote (by April 20) for Flipgrid in the People’s Voice:

“Being nominated as a finalist in the esteemed Webby Awards is an incredible honor for our team and we share this nomination with our truly inspiring teachers and students around the world,” shared Dr. Charlie Miller, Flipgrid Cofounder and Chief Design Officer. “Flipgrid's mission is to empower and amplify student voice in Preschool through PhD classrooms. To see Flipgrid, a social learning edtech platform, competing side-by-side with incredible social media companies like TimeHop, Jelly, Speeks.tv, and Rabbit is a testament to the critical role of student voice in today’s world.”

Flipgrid was a 2014 Webby Awards Honoree in three categories: Education, Education & Reference (Tablet), and Education & Discovery.

“Nothing will top the Barrow Peace Prize we received in 2015 from second grade students at Barrow Elementary in Athens, Georgia,” said Jim Leslie, Flipgrid CEO. “But the Webby is a close second and something we’re proud to celebrate with the amazing community of Flipgrid teachers and students.”

Again, we’d love for you to vote today for the power of student voice! Thank you!

https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2017/mobile-sites-apps/general-sites-apps/social

About the Webby Awards
Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)—a 2000+ member judging body. The Academy is comprised of Executive Members—leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities—and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees and other Internet professionals.

This year’s Nominees are truly moving Internet culture and society forward across Websites, Film & Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Mobile Sites & Apps, Podcasts & Digital Audio, and Social. They represent an inspiring mix of established Internet brands, independent projects, celebrities, and viral sensations. Of the 13,000 entries received from all 50 United States and over 70 countries, the top 9% are ranked as Nominees this year and are eligible to win The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award in their category.

About Flipgrid
Flipgrid is a social learning platform that amplifies student voice in more than 50,000 PreK to PhD classrooms across 137 counties. To learn more please visit http://flipgrid.com

Flipgrid + Your Speaking Engagement

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If you follow us on Twitter, you've undoubtedly seen a steady stream of teachers presenting Flipgrid to other teachers at a conference, professional development event, or EdCamp. We are extremely grateful! If you're planning on presenting Flipgrid to colleagues or with your professional learning network, please let us know. We want to support you!

As you're planning, start by downloading our presentation kit and media kit. Updated versions of these can always be found at the very bottom of Flipgrid.com

Once you start putting together your presentation, search #FlipgridFever on Twitter for inspiration and ideas. You can also reach out to our Ambassadors for advice, too! 

Additionally, we can often provide a Flipgrid tshirt, stickers, and giveaway prizes. To share your speaking engagement with us, email our event sponsorship team at events@flipgrid.com and be sure to include the following:

  1. The date of your event
  2. Event URL (if applicable)
  3. Approximate number of attendees
  4. A mailing address & tshirt size

Thank you to our entire Flipgrid community for supporting and amplifying student voice!

 

 

Flipgrid Unplugged: Appsmashing with Jornea Erwin

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Our next webinar will cover appsmashing and will be hosted by a seriously savvy educator, Jornea Erwin. Jornea brings energy, enthusiasm, and experience as she shares unique ways you can use Flipgrid with other ed tech. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 18th at 6PM CDT.

Register here.

We held our first Flipgrid Unplugged webinar on Tuesday, March 14th. Our team had a blast seeing #FlipgridFever spread across Twitter! If you missed the webinar, check out the recording here

Flipgrid Awarded 2017 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award for Best Product

We are proud to announce that Flipgrid was awarded the EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award for Best Product of 2017. The EdTech Digest Awards Program honors “the innovators, leaders, and trendsetters shining bright in one of the greatest fields of human endeavor.”

“It’s an incredible honor to work on a product that amplifies students’ voices around the globe,” shared Dr. Charlie Miller, Flipgrid Cofounder and Chief Design Officer. “To see our work and the work of our teachers and students recognized by the premier education technology publication EdTech Digest is simply humbling. We are longtime fans of the Cool Tool Awards, so this is beyond exciting for our team. Thanks to our inspiring teachers, students, and the entire EdTech Digest team.”

Congrats to all of the 2017 Product finalists including Top Hat, Newsela, Funds for Learning, Renaissance, Woot Math, iTutor, Makey Makey, Dreambox Learning, and Osmo. What an amazing list of innovative products and companies shaping the future landscape of educational technology. We are proud to share this recognition with all of you.

Flipgrid is a social learning platform that amplifies student voice in more than 50,000 PreK to PhD classrooms across 137 counties. To learn more please visit http://flipgrid.com

World Water Day

The following is a guest post from Jodie Deinhammer. Jodie is a science teacher at Coppell Middle School East in Dallas, TX. She has created a global project that connects teachers and students in celebration of World Water Day. 

World Water Day is March 22.  Our class is looking to connect with schools around the world to compare our water sources.  We plan to look at creeks, streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Here is our outline:

1. Have a few students introduce your class HERE.  
(The grid code is worldwaterday)
Tell us where you are from, what local water source you are going to look at, and what the biggest water threat is where you live.

2. Have your students analyze the water.
You can do this anyway that works for your classroom.  You can talk about the color and smell, you could record the temperature or pH, you could look at it under a microscope and tell us what you found.  You can use any equipment you might have or just make qualitative observations. 

We will do this in stations. Here are the STATION SIGNS
Here are the directions for each STATION.  These are written for 7th grade students so feel free to edit away!  Both are shared as a PDF.  If you want an editable Pages version, contact me and I will send that directly.

Have your students submit their results HERE and also share their thoughts to the FlipGrid that will be opened on Wednesday, March 22.

After results are posted, I would encourage you to have your kids ask questions of other students results.  I will share a Numbers document with each teacher that has the shared data in it so your students can compare the different results. They could create charts, graphs, or just look at the results.

3. Have your students come up with an "I Can..." statement. 
Their statement should share how they can conserve or protect water.  We will open another room on our Flipgrid for this statement on Thursday, March 23. Example: "I can reduce the amount of water I waste by not watering my lawn during the warmest parts of the day"  

4. Develop a plan to spread the word and make a difference.
Think Ice Bucket Challenge, but without wasting water. :)
We will open this FlipGrid room for this Friday, March 24.

5. Reflect
Have your students reflect on their learning in our last FlipGrid room (opens next week).  What did they learn? What surprised them? What questions do they still have?

So far we are connecting schools in Texas, California, Maine, Ohio, Turkey, India, Bangladesh, Canada, and New Zealand.  Feel free to share this with anyone you think might want to join. 


Sign up HERE to participate in our World Water Day project for 2017.