Become a Flipgrid Community Builder 💪

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The #FlipgridFever community is made up of educators who are relentlessly supportive of one another. We regularly see teachers meeting their PLN face-to-face, posting on each other’s publicly-shared topics, and helping each other get Flipgrid Certified

We were inspired. So, with the help of Ambassador Karly Moura, we’re creating the Flipgrid Community Builder program. Here’s how any educator earn it:

  1. Create a Google Spreadsheet.
  2. Whenever you post a response on someone’s public Flipgrid, copy the URL into your spreadsheet. Feel free to count any past responses as well!
  3. Once you’ve posted 10 responses, share the spreadsheet URL with community@Flipgrid.com

But that's not all. Once you've got 50 responses, send us another email letting us know you've gotten to this level. This will allow you to become a Level 2 Flipgrid community Builder complete with a badge of its own.

Looking for ways to get started? Join the inspiring Ts at Vedchat, rock out with #SingaSong, or help a fellow educator get #FlipgridCertified. Any questions, hit us up: community@Flipgrid.com

Thank you for being a part of the Flipgrid community and thank you for supporting your fellow educators! 

Watch Parties + Global Bash 2017 🎉

Team Flipgrid is anxiously counting down the days to our August 10th launch. We’ve got a lot of surprises lined up and expect thousands to join via live stream around the world! 

Flipgrid Ambassadors are organizing viewing parties that will begin at 6p CT for idea sharing and fun with the live stream kicking off at 7p as part of Global Bash 2017 led by rockstar educator and Flipgrid Ambassador John Bimmerle. The Global Bash watch parties tie together local PD and big announcements from Flipgrid.

Visit flipgrid.com/globalbash2017 to connect with your local watch party, get excited for the launch, and share #FlipgridFever with your PLN during 8.10. Don’t see a viewing party near you? Organize one and we’ll support you! Email party@flipgrid.com and include your metro area.

-Team Flipgrid

Meet the Flipgrid Interns

This summer, we brought on our largest group of interns yet. Welcome Skyler, Mitzi, and Noah to the Flipgrid team!

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Skyler Bullington

Hi! My name is Skyler Bullington. I am 17 years old. I got connected to Flipgrid through a program at Minnetonka High School called Vantage, where students like me combined coursework with real-world experience. This summer, I will be helping out doing design tasks for the company. I am passionate about all sorts of art, and I even sell some of my acrylic paintings on Etsy. In the fall, I will be starting my college career at Normandale Community College. In my free time, I play fast-pitch softball, study American Sign Language and play the piano.

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Mitzi Bustamante

Hello!! My name is Mitzi Bustamante and I'm 18 years old. I got connected to Flipgrid through my middle school teacher, who knew someone at the company and suggested I reach out. This summer I will be working with the Quality Assurance team, testing Flipgrid to make sure it is running perfectly. This fall I will be attending The University of St.Thomas working towards a bachelor's degree on Computer Science. During my free time, I like to go fishing, read and spend time with my family.

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Noah Robiner

Howdy! I'm Noah Robiner (@noahkrobiner), an Engagement and Marketing intern here at Flipgrid. I'm 20 years old and just finished up my second year at Carleton College where I'm majoring in American Studies. It was through Carleton's winter externship program that I first got connected to Flipgrid, and I'm thrilled to be back this summer. This summer I am supporting the engagement and marketing team here, working to spread the #FlipgridFever. In my free time I play competitive Ultimate Frisbee, and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Blast Off By Becoming Flipgrid Certified 🚀

New to Flipgrid? Savvy veteran? Let the universe know you’re committed to empowering student voice by becoming Flipgrid Certified. Like everything in our world, we made it simple!

  1. Use Flipgrid with your students or colleagues and receive at least 10 responses.
  2. Share how you use Flipgrid with the rest of the community by posting at least one video in this grid. Make sure to post in the topic corresponding to your students’ age and add subject #hashtags in the Response title so peers can search for your video (check out what other people have used to get an idea of what you should #hashtag)! If you’re not in the classroom, feel free to post in the most applicable topic.
  3. Get a perfect score on this five-question quiz. Every answer can be found by exploring your Teacher Admin (admin.flipgrid.com) and you can retake it as many times as you need.

That’s it! Once you’ve completed all three, send an email to certified@flipgrid.com from the email associated with your Flipgrid account. Include a link to the video you posted in our Flipgrid Certified grid. Our team will review and get back to you with your Flipgrid Certified Educator badge. Then, when you're ready, consider getting your Level 2 Certification!

If you have any questions, just email certified@flipgrid.com and we’ll respond right away!

Flipgrid Awarded 2017 Best App and Best Website by AASL

We are proud to announce that Flipgrid was awarded the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Best App for Teaching & Learning as well as the Best Website for Teaching & Learning. The annual lists, now in their fifth and ninth year respectively, honor “the best of the best” tech resources which “provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators”. Of the small group of honorees, Flipgrid is in an even smaller group to be awarded in both the app and website designations.

“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. “We are inspired and motivated by our amazing Flipgrid community and we are grateful to have been honored by the AASL. School librarians are the true hubs of innovation in their schools as they are often the ones that introduce new platforms, tools, and learning experiences to the students and teachers within their community. We will forever be indebted to school librarians as some of our first Flipgrid users (and now Flipgrid Ambassadors) including library rockstars like Joyce Valenza, Andy Plemmons, Shannon Miller, and Kristina Holzweiss.”

We are proud to share this recognition with other inspring organizations dedicated to creating innovative learning experiences like Buncee, DuoLingo, Wizer and others.

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.