Let's Celebrate Teachers!

We are incredibly grateful for our global community of educators. You inspire us daily to always improve Flipgrid. That’s why we try to celebrate and champion teachers every day.

This month we’re stepping it up a notch.

First, we are going to make sure that everyone that purchases a Flipgrid Classroom subscription in May has their subscription for the entire 2017/2018 school year. All Flipgrid Classroom purchases between May 1st and May 31st will be good through July 31st, 2018. When purchasing your Flipgrid Classroom upgrade, use the promo code FGLOVESTEACHERS to receive your extended subscription. If you've recently purchased an upgrade, we'll apply the promotion. Your expiration date will be updated soon! Please note that this promotion is not valid with other promotions or free trials. 

Second, we’re going to give away Flipgrid swag and other awesome prizes! Every Monday in May, we’ll be posting a Flipgrid topic for our teacher community. Every Friday we’ll randomly choose 5 videos to receive a prize (starting small and building to something special). Here’s how to participate:

  1. Go to our Flipgrid Ideas grid
  2. Click the button labeled Follow. This way you’ll be notified via email when a new topic is posted.
  3. Post a video response to this week’s topic. Be sure to include your email so you can be notified if you win!

Each week’s topic will freeze at 3:30PM CDT on Friday. At that time, we’ll randomly select five responses to win a prize. At the end of May, we’ll randomly select one video from all our responses to win something super secret!

Thank you to all the teachers around the world who work tirelessly to fuel the next generation with curiosity, confidence, and creativity. We appreciate you!

Flipgrid Now a Featured Integration for Microsoft Teams

MINNEAPOLIS – May 2, 2017 – Flipgrid, a video discussion platform for PreK to PhD classrooms around the world, today announced that Flipgrid is a featured integration for Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education at Microsoft’s #MicrosoftEDU event in New York City.

Flipgrid is a leading video discussion platform for more than 2.8 million teachers and students in 137 countries, amplifying student voice and encouraging social learning. Teachers create grids for each class, add the topics they want discussed, and students respond with short videos shared with each other. In Flipgrid, interactions feel like social media, encouraging spontaneous, authentic discussion among students. “Flipgrid is Snapchat for the classroom,” shared Tyler Nelson, Associate Principal at Westwood Intermediate School, “a perfect blend of engagement and opportunity for our students.”

Teams creates a digital hub for teachers and students to create, share and collaborate on content, conversations and apps. Teams in education simplifies a teacher’s development of personalized learning experiences for students, and encourages students to engage with each other inside class and out.

Teachers can now add their Flipgrid grids and topics as custom Flipgrid Tabs in their Teams channels, enabling students to engage in video discussions right alongside their classroom’s Office 365 apps and documents. Teams users can also install a custom Flipgrid Connector to provide channel-specific notifications when new Flipgrid topics are added and new response videos are shared by teammates.

In addition to transforming the modern classroom, the Flipgrid integration in Teams supercharges how teachers are already building Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) with their peers on Flipgrid. Integrated into Teams, these PLNs have a central location to share and access their community related content – video discussions, documents, apps and services.

“We know that teachers are the most creative people in the world,” said Dr. Charlie Miller, founder and Chief Design Officer of Flipgrid. “We have always prioritized making the instructional experience as seamless as possible so that teachers can focus their efforts on what’s most important … their students. Integrating Flipgrid video discussions within Microsoft Teams, in line with classroom channels and documents, is an awesome example of this approach.”

“We have loved working with the Microsoft Education team and MIEs for the past year,” shared Jim Leslie, founder and CEO of Flipgrid. “We developed the Amplifying Student Voice Microsoft Educator Community course to share our experiences. To date this course has been completed more than 7,000 times in more than 100 countries around the world. We have a series of new Microsoft Educator Community courses featuring Flipgrid integrations with Skype, Microsoft Sway, Microsoft OneNote, and Microsoft Teams that we will launch this fall.”

Jim Federico, Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft Education, Microsoft Corp. said, “Microsoft and our Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) have collaborated with Flipgrid in classrooms across the globe. We’re excited to be able to offer Flipgrid from within Microsoft Teams as way to ignite topic-based video discussions in their classrooms.”

The Flipgrid integration for Microsoft Teams will be available this June.

About Flipgrid

Flipgrid is the leading video platform for social learning in more than 50,000 PreK to PhD classrooms around the world. To learn more, please visit www.flipgrid.com

Flipgrid Explorer Series: Raptors

This past October, hundreds of students from around the world joined Antarctic marine biologist Laura Goetz as she shared her life and research via a series of Flipgrid topics and posts. With over 600 video posts and 18,000 views, the first in our Explorer Series was so much fun that we decided to do another one! 

For our second Flipgrid Explorer series, we've partnered with Mike Billington and the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.

Over the two week period beginning May 1st, Mike will share unique facts about predator birds as well as engage your students in topics related to science and the environment. 

  • May 1: Topic One - What is a common bird in your community? Where is your favorite place to watch birds?
  • May 8: Topic Two - What is something you can do to help wildlife in your backyard, in your local community, or around the world? 

Please join in anytime here: Flipgrid.com/raptors

We hope your students enjoy this educational and fun experience!

About Mike

Mike has been a full time educator and trainer at The Raptor Center for the past nine years. He has presented over 1,000 programs, trained nearly 50 different raptors, and has created cutting edge educational curriculum. If you would like to learn more about the birds you will watch Mike work with, click here. If you would like to learn more about raptors, click here. If you would like to learn more about The Raptor Center's Raptor Lab, an online learning environment engaging students in science by having them role play being a new veterinarian in training, click here or email Mike directly at raptorlab@umn.edu.

Meet the Spring 2017 Flipgrid Ambassadors!

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Engagement Joey Taralson. Joey manages the Flipgrid Ambassador program, which helps ensure Flipgrid continues to deliver a platform that exceeds the expectations of our global community of educators. 

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The Flipgrid Ambassador program was created to promote a closer relationship between the Flipgrid team and the members of our global community. Flipgrid Ambassadors ensure that the decisions we make as a company continue to reflect the voice of our amazing educators. Organized in the fall of 2016, the program now includes more than 100 classroom teachers, professors, teaching librarians, and instructional coordinators.

On April 10th we invited 23 educators to join the program, forming our Spring 2017 class of Flipgrid Ambassadors! 

Melissa Adkins
Meredith Townsend
Leah Becklund
Marc Tartaro
Ann Smart
Kristin Merrill
Kim Aarberg
Bonnie McClelland
Stacey Whitwood
Rafranz Davis
Mary Marotta
Melissa White
Lacey Snyder
Marla Weinstein
Karly Moura
Lisa Hervey
Craig Sheil
Kevin Smith
Joe Merrill
Doug Fisher
Lydia Croupe
Jodie Deinhammer
Claudio Zavala

I highly encourage you to connect with these innovative educators on Twitter. If you’re interested in serving as a Flipgrid Ambassador, please email me anytime for more details!

-Joey

Joey Taralson
Head of Engagement @Flipgrid
joey@flipgrid.com
@taralson

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