Surprise! More Flipgrid Updates 🎉

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Flipgrid just got a bit more powerful. 

After our launch celebration, we went right back to work to keep up with your awesome ideas. Today we are excited to announce the addition of six new improvements.

1) Reply-as-Educator

Classroom users can now reply to student Responses within the Teacher Admin! View a Response and click the Replies tab to see the shiny new button. Admin information (name and email) is auto-filled for your convenience, so after recording and snapping that selfie, all you need to do is hit “Submit.” Your reply will now be visible on the Grid!

2) Topic Organization

Now you can set a “Display Date” for your Topics to better organize Topics on the Grid.

3) Stickers, everywhere!

Stickers and drawings are now available on imported videos.

4) More for Flipgrid One

Flipgrid One users can now add attachments to topics and pin a featured Topic.

5) Response Editing

Admins can now edit Response titles and links.

6) CodeZoom

Click the Grid code from the student view to display the code and QR code to your entire audience.

Want to follow the changes we make to Flipgrid? For new features and bug fixes, check out our ChangeLog.

See you on the grid!

Flipgrid Explorer Series: Fossils

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We are excited to kick-off this school year with a brand new edition of our Flipgrid Explorer series, this time with an explorer from Midland, Texas who excavates fossils… in a murky river!

Starting Monday, September 18th, Explorer Jason Osborne will explain how oceanic fossils ended up in riverbeds, discuss his gear and excavation tools, and share discovery videos. He'll also have several discussion topics for your students:

  • September 5th: Pre-knowledge - What do you know about fossils? What can fossils tell us?
  • September 18th: Topic One - If you were an explorer, what would you study and why?
  • September 25: Topic Two - Why do people study fossils? Why is it important?
  • October 2: Topic Three - Fossil Challenge! As Jason has shown us, fossils can tell us a lot about the history of species on this earth. Likewise, antiques offer insight into the more recent past of our human lives. Find an old artifact in your home or school and explain what the piece says about the time it came from. Jason has dug up a 6 million year old whale fossil, which will be awarded to a lucky class that participates in this challenge.*
  • October 6: Reflection - What did you learn? What was most interesting?

*To officially enter this competition, the class must participate in all three weeks of the Explorer Series including Topic 1, 2, 3, and the Reflection Topic. Jason and his team will select the winning classroom.

In addition to these discussion topics, Jason will host a Q&A Topic for your curious students to pick his brain. Have your students check into this Topic throughout the Series as we'll feature Responses with Jason's Replies.

Classes can participate in this three-week program in any way. Some combine in-person lessons with the series, others catch up on Jason's videos and respond to the discussion topic once per week. 

Join the discussion starting September 18th at: Flipgrid.com/fossils

Jason is our third Flipgrid Explorer, following the likes of Marine Biologist Laura in Antartica and Raptor Expert Mike from the University of Minnesota. We are excited for your students to join us on this adventure!

BONUS: Will you be participating? Shoot us an email and let us know: fossils@flipgrid.com. One lucky class will have the opportunity to Skype with Jason during the last week of the series! 

If you're interested in expanding you're students' involvement with this Explorer Series, check out these awesome videos from Jason's previous experience:

See the Ancient Whale Skull Recovered From a Virginia Swamp (National Geographic)

A 300-Pound Fossil Skull in a Swamp? (Google Science Fair)

About Jason

Jason is the President and CoFounder of Paleo Quest, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the sciences of paleontology and geology through material contributions to museum collections, field exploration, publication and the advancement of science education. Jason’s work in science, education, communication and engineering has been recognized and featured in publications and media outlets such as Nature, Science, Scientific American, Popular Science, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, MSNBC, CBS,CNN, and NPR. In June 2013, the White House Executive Office of The President honored Jason as a Champion of Change for his dedication to increasing public engagement in science and science literacy. We were put in touch with Jason from one of our awesome Ambassadors, Heather Lamb - thank you Heather!

International Dot Day

The following is a guest post from Lisa Scumpieru, a 10th grade English teacher at North Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown, Md. She is a Flipgrid Ambassador, Formative Educator, and Common Lit Advisory Board Member. She loves trying new things in the classroom and learning and growing as a teacher.  

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The premise of International Dot Day is simple: “start with a dot and see where it will take you.” Students create a dot with arts and crafts supplies and then discuss the impact of their work. It is a simple yet powerful lesson that provides a beautiful venue for students to explain how they will leave their mark on the world.

By the fourth week of school, I was able to see a different layer from my students. I was able to see the students who would take risks, the more reserved students, the artistic students, and the “outside the box” thinkers. I observed smiles, laughter, and compliments because everyone had a way of making their dot work for them in their own way. There were no rules or directions, just time to express one’s self.

I displayed my students’ work and referenced their masterpieces throughout the year when highlighting concepts such as “thinking outside the box” or “delving deeper into figurative language” because we all had started at a place that we understood and appreciated.

This year I’m excited to introduce International Dot Day with Flipgrid. To get started, sign up for International Dot Day on their website. You can also check out my resources, which I’ve gathered over the year from people who have shared ideas. Once your students have completed their artwork, have them share their piece and experience International Dot Day 2017 with other students all around the world. As you will see, there are a variety of topics on the grid, for you or your students to choose from. I hope this opportunity will be a chance for students to share their authentic voice, creations, and ideas with an authentic audience at a larger scale than just the classroom.

The grid will be open now until September 22, 2017.  If you have any questions or suggestions about the grid and topics, please e-mail me at ficthlis@wcps.k12.md.us. I hope your Dot Day 2017 is a blast and that you get to see how you and your students can get out there and make your marks!  I cannot wait for my students visit the grid and know that other students are out there exploring their world alongside them.

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Bronwyn Joyce 💫

We are proud to introduce our first #FlipgridRockstar! This is the first in an ongoing series where we will recognize rockstar members of the Flipgrid educator community. 

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Bronwyn Joyce, an educator from Australia, has been rockin' Flipgrid over the past 6 months with her students and thousands more around the world!  She is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador.  To Bronwyn, Flipgrid means "opportunities". She shares some #WednesdayWisdom with us below.

Uses
I use Flipgrid to connect my students with the world, to give them a voice to share their thoughts and thinking, to build their confidence and show them other student around the world are just like them. We learn with the world. 


Impact
Flipgrid has enable my students to share their voice with an authentic global audience. They are learning with students in other countries. I have seen their confidence build with every video they make. They are the leaders of the #Whatif Grid and that makes me so proud. 


Advice
Don't restrict yourself to one curriculum area or to use Flipgrid for fun. Take a chance and connect your students with outside of your classroom, whether in your school, your community, country or the world. Let your students voices be heard. 

Connect
Check out Bronwyn's Flipgrid Rockstar intro: 

Twitter: @joycebronwyn

Global Grid: "What If" -  flipgrid.com/whatif 

Introducing the All-New Flipgrid 🚀

We are pretty lucky. The Flipgrid community is made up of innovative and inspiring educators who help us make Flipgrid better every day. We’re listening... and have built the all-new Flipgrid specifically for you, your students, their families, and your communities. 

Here is a livestream archive of our rocking launch event on 8.10.17 at Flipgrid HQ in Minneapolis!

We have three objectives with this update:

  1. Empower you with more capabilities to make the perfect environment for your students. 
  2. Simplify the management of your Flipgrid discussions. 
  3. Keep Flipgrid familiar for you and your students.

So what’s new?

Well, pretty much everything! We redesigned Flipgrid to add power and increase efficiency, all without sacrificing simplicity. 

We built the all-new Flipgrid for the amazing #FlipgridFever community and we’ve only just begun. When you have ideas for us, don’t be a stranger: hello@flipgrid.com

The All-New Flipgrid: For You

You asked for new Flipgrid capabilities. We wanted to make it even easier for you to encourage, engage, and give feedback to your students. So, we did both. More capability. Less effort. What’s not to love?

Sparking a discussion

Topics are now more powerful than ever. Record and upload video prompts. Embed YouTube and Vimeo videos. Upload an image for your students to discuss. Or, add a little fun with a GIF or emoji!

You can also now add links or document attachments to provide extra context.

Let students take the lead and recognize their impact by Sparking a student response into its own topic. 

Bonus Updates: 

  • Scaffold your semester in advance by setting the date when your topic becomes visible and when they freeze. 
  • Challenge your students to be concise with 15 second video limits. Classroom users can tackle more complex topics with the new 5 minute video response limit.

Managing your content

We’ve redesigned the Flipgrid Teacher Admin and Dashboard. Your Dashboard is now the place for you to see your students’ activity at-a-glance, quickly catch up on unviewed videos, and show off all your achievements!

Watching videos from within your Teacher Admin is also easier than ever with QuickView. Provide feedback, watch replies, share, and navigate between videos with a single click. 

Speaking of feedback and assessment: we’ve made standard feedback available to ALL Flipgrid educators while Classroom accounts now have the ability to add custom rubrics!

Sharing with community

We’ve made it easier than ever to share your grids, topics, and responses as well as manage their visibility, right from the main view in your Teacher Admin.

Want to share a student’s video with his/her family without providing access to other students’ videos? Use a private share link. Recipients can download the video, view the topic prompt, and share it with anyone they want, all without sacrificing the privacy of your class discussion!

Moderation allows you to privately review a video before it is posted. We moved moderation from the Grid to Topic level, so you can have both moderated and unmoderated content within every Flipgrid community.

The All-New Flipgrid: For Your Community

We’ve made Flipgrid more powerful and fun for your learning community without sacrificing your control.

Sharing their voice

Students can now add a title with searchable hashtags to their video response, add a link to an article, website, PDF, etc, or express their creativity by adding stickers and drawing on their selfie!

Learning together

Use an expanded set of Reactions including several new emojis, from the standard Flipgrid Like to the Ambassador-requested Mic Drop!

Bonus: Access Grids using QR codes. Flipgrid mobile apps now have a built in QR reader, making it easier than ever for students to participate.

The All-New Flipgrid: Integrations

Flipgrid works great on its own, and now brings amplified student voice to your Microsoft and Canvas classes too. 

Microsoft

  • Embed fully-functional Grids and Topics into MS Teams
  • Allow students to showcase all their work by embedding Flipgrid Responses in OneNote.
  • Educators can also embed Grid and Topic cards for a quick and easy reference to Flipgrid from OneNote! 

Canvas

  • Control access to your Grids and Topics through your Canvas student roster.
  • Assign Flipgrid participation within Canvas.
  • Coming soon: SpeedGrader integration and custom Flipgrid editor buttons for Canvas pages, discussions, and announcements.

The All-New Flipgrid: Better Together

The all-new Flipgrid was built to reflect the goals of our amazing global educator community. This is just the beginning. Thank you for your support, advice, and friendship.

-Team Flipgrid

Back-to-School Intro Challenge 🎓

How does your school engage the parents and families in your community? If you’re Spring Lake Park school district in Minnesota, you use Flipgrid!

Spring Lake Park created a grid for their district and a topic for each school. Within those topics, they had every teacher, admin, and staff member post an intro video which they then shared with their community. It required only a few minutes for each teacher to post and it allowed the community as a whole to see their passion for educating students.

See the Spring Lake Park grid here: flipgrid.com/slp2016

See the Spring Lake Park grid here: flipgrid.com/slp2016

This year we're challenging you to take part in the #FlipgridBack2School challenge. Here's what you'll need to do.

1. Get your administration on board with the project. Show them the SLP grid!

2. Create a grid for your district and post a topic for each school. Or, create a grid for your school and post a topic for each department or grade level!

3. Ask each teacher to post a video introduction. Feature your principal’s video as an introduction to the school! (If you are a Flipgrid Classroom user, turn on Replies and let your students' families and the community say 'hello').

4. Email us at hello@flipgrid.com once every educator has recorded to let us know!

Once you create a grid for your school and get every teacher to post, we’ll hook you up with a free one-year Flipgrid Classroom subscription ($65 value). Already have Flipgrid Classroom? We’ll extend your subscription a year. If you create a grid for your district* and get every teacher to post, you’ll get a free 5-pack of Flipgrid Classroom subscriptions to share with your colleagues or PLN ($200 value)!

 

*To qualify for the free 5-pack of Flipgrid Classroom subscriptions, we as that your district have at least 75 educators. If your district has fewer, we'll still gladly reward you with the single one-year Flipgrid Classroom subscription.