10 Ways to Use Flipgrid Beyond the Classroom

The following is a guest post from Flipgrid Ambassador Jen Giffen. Jen works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board near Toronto, Canada. As a Google Education Trainer and Level 2 Google Educator, Jen utilizes tools that enhance the learning environment, engage students, and increase critical thinking skills. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

I have definitely caught #FlipgridFever. I am using it every chance I get to capture voice...there is something rich about hearing someone's intonation and see their facial expressions. About 6 weeks ago, I read Karly Moura's great post about how to use Flipgrid in a class. I have shared that post MANY times with teachers beginning with, or looking for new ways to use Flipgrid. BUT, I am not a classroom teacher and get called on a lot by other coaches or administrators to see how they can tap in to the features of this great tool. I have been sharing ideas with them and thought it might be time to go more public with these uses...afterall, Flipgrid has many great uses beyond the traditional classroom.

10 ways to use Flipgrid beyond the classroom

  1. School Announcements. In my experience students rarely listen to voice announcements, and people often want to read their announcement themselves. Why not have a grid for people to post announcements? Teachers could find time in class to share the grid AND it would be available to the larger school community.
  2. Teacher Daily Reflections. Having daily reflections is great practice for teachers. Why not start a reflection grid that you can keep private, or share publicly? Check out how Ryan Matthews called out his district and asked for their reflections.
  3. Speaker Corner at Conferences - Until about 10 years ago in Toronto we had a TV show called Speakers Corner. There were video booths set up around the city for people to use the voice their views, concerns, happiness disdain, with any topic they wanted. It was then edited and shared on the show. Flipgrid can provide that same opportunity. Why not set up a photo booth of sorts for delegates to share thoughts? Check out how EdTechTeam TN used it for reflections.
  4. Teacher Book Clubs - It can be tough for teachers to carve out time for rich discussion in to a typical school day. Why not make discussions asynchronous? Consider starting a teacher book club wherein teachers read a book and share thoughts on a grid? Not only will you have discussion but it will be archived and shareable! Check out this one I did with some colleagues about Trevor MacKenzie's book Dive Into Inquiry.
  5. Interviews/Podcasts. Have you ever met someone great at a conference or PD session? Have a colleague whose ideas you need to share? Consider starting a great ideas grid wherein you have colleagues share their thoughts that resonate with you.
  6. Make Introductions. Nerves are at their peak the week or so before school starts with the unknown faced by students and parents. Why not introduce your school to community before the school year starts?!
  7. Build community among staff. Consider having a grid whereon staff share summer adventures and/or learnings. This will build community and create great back to school conversation beyond the regular small talk.
  8.  PD Opportunity - Do you have something you can teach in a few minutes or less? I have tech tips I post on YouTube for my district every week. Why not use a grid? Joe Merill does a great job on his board about appsmashing with Flipgrid. (Thanks for pointing me to that Jornea Erwin!)
  9. Virtual Cards - Use grids as virtual thank you and encouragemetn cards. Someone retiring? Why not ask people to add messages to a grid? This way the card does not get lost and poeple from other building can also contribute! This can be done as thank you cards as well - see this great tribute to mom.
  10. Have Fun! Claudio Zavala's sing a song board speaks for itself here...unleash and have fun!

Do you have another idea? Share it on this grid! Looking forward to hearing from you.

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!