Flipgrid at ISTE

Team Flipgrid is gearing up to head south to San Antonio for #ISTE17. We can’t wait to see all your smiling faces and meet many of you for the first time!

You can find us in the expo hall at booth #3061. Stop by anytime - we’ll be snapping selfies! Additionally, we have several members of our community presenting Flipgrid throughout the conference:

We’ll be tweeting the entire time using #ISTE17 and #FlipgridFever. Before you travel, introduce yourself and meet your peers on our ISTE17 grid below. See you in San Antonio!

Introducing the Summer 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.

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. We started the program in the fall of 2016 with twenty teachers. It has now grown to over 165 classroom teachers, professors, teaching librarians, and instructional coordinators.

On May 29th we welcomed 65 educators to our Ambassador community. The Summer 2017 class of ambassadors is committed to amplifying voice and engaging creativity.  They will be a truly valuable addition to our program. Meet all our Ambassadors on the grid below! 

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

-Joey

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

Flipgrid = 100% Engagement

The following is a guest post from Patricia Ragan Stokes. Patricia is a business teacher who is on a mission to close the gap between the corporate room and the classroom through designing innovative instruction.  She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert since 2012 and an enthusiastic educator who wants her students hired, promoted, and accepted into college and career of their dreams.  Follow @PatriciaRagan1 . Subscribe to blog at 360teach.blog

REMEMBER THE BRADY BUNCH?  WHAT IF THIS WAS YOUR CLASS WITH VIDEO RESPONSES TO YOUR CLASS PROJECT?  PHOTO COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES

REMEMBER THE BRADY BUNCH?  WHAT IF THIS WAS YOUR CLASS WITH VIDEO RESPONSES TO YOUR CLASS PROJECT?  PHOTO COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES

Imagine posting a question online to your classroom that is prompted by an informative video and the responses come up in a grid, Brady Bunch style…your student responses flip up in a classroom grid ready to showcase video responses.  Imagine no longer, Flipgrid is here!

I used Flipgrid last week for the first time to prepare my students for their Business Law mock trial on a Snapchat Case.  Flipgrid is a teaching app I learned about during one of the courses I took within the Microsoft Educator Community and when I implemented Flipgrid, I was amazed! 

Engagement was 100% and students had fun.  At first, I was concerned that the students would be camera shy, but this was not a problem, this generation generally is not camera shy and if they are, I provide alternatives.  My concerns were unfounded as the responses were reflective and helpful to the students process in preparing for a mock trial. The most basic question was posed:  “How do you plan to prepare your role for this mock trial?”  The answers were limited to a one minute video limit and students generally made an effort to use the entire minute.

Click here to view my Flipgrid (password to access the grid is FM) and see how students responded.  I was impressed with student candor and honest effort to answer in a very authentic way.

If you are interested in taking the course that I took that introduces this ground-breaking technology, click here and register on the Microsoft Educator Community. Take the course titled: Amplifying Student Voice

Check it out, it only takes about 1 hour and earns 500 points and a fabulous badge!  This course introduced me to Flipgrid and also introduced me to new concepts and ways to amplify my students voices within my classroom.  The Microsoft Educator Community is like my personal assistant to anything and everything 21st Century Learning, apps, ideas, inspiration; well, you get the idea.  The MEC supports my ideals in education and simultaneously helps me find new methods to enhance my instruction and project based learning activities.

To compare the Flipgrid to other resources, I think this product is much faster and more intuitive. I have tried Kahoot, a very popular resource that students and teachers alike enjoy. I think Kahoot is awesome, but certainly found it was time consuming to create on my first attempt. I will continue to experiment with Kahoot over the summer, especially now that it is part of “what’s next“ from Microsoft with the introduction to their TEAMS approach to the LMS world of communication and work in the classroom. This technology will integrate fabulous technologies including Kahoot and Flipgrid and others.

Flipgrid gave me the ability to create an engaging activity in 10 minutes, that lasted for 20 minutes. Half the time, double the engagement. I give the platform a thumbs up, 5 stars, and 10 out of 10 for good measure. I look forward to using Flipgrid more in the future.

Engagement from my 360 degree view of education.  Rock on.

Flipgrid + Student Privacy

The following is a note from Flipgrid CEO Jim Leslie.

Student voice is amplified when teachers create a safe, encouraging environment for their classes. Every day, Flipgrid teachers tell us about the amazingly creative spaces they've developed for students to discover and share their voices with each other. 

Teachers have always been in control of their grids. They set how open or restricted grid access is as well as how content is managed. Flipgrid content is owned by the schools, teachers, and students who create it. We don't market to students, and we ensure that we and our partners use appropriate security measures to encourage student voice while protecting student privacy.

Today, we are pleased to announce that our efforts and policies have been recognized by the Student Privacy Pledge (www.studentprivacypledge.org). As a signatory, Flipgrid has both passed a policy review by the Future of Privacy Forum, as well as pledged to support student privacy in the future.

For more information on the specifics of our policies and principles, please visit https://legal.flipgrid.com/

-Jim

Announcing the Flipgrid Student Art Contest

The following is a guest post from Flipgrid designer Sindy Gebhard.

As many of you know, in Flipgrid you have the ability to customize the cover image for any of your grids, choosing from one of our 40+ images or uploading one of your own. Over the next few months we’ll be putting together a new batch of images and we want to showcase the creativity of your students!

Announcing the Flipgrid Student Art Contest

Between now and June 16th, we invite your students to submit images for a special gallery we’ll make available this fall. Here are the details:

  • Images can be photos, designs, or drawings, but must be original.
  • Images should be a 3:1 ratio and a minimum of 1500x500 pixels
  • Please include the student’s name, grade, and teacher. If student is under 13 years of age, please ensure that you as his/her educator are able to submit your student’s artwork.

Email all entries to hello@flipgrid.com between now and June 16th. Winners will be selected by our Flipgrid Ambassadors and will receive a framed print and certificate as well as a Flipgrid sticker pack.

We cannot wait to see what your students come up with! 

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!