Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Joe Merrill 💫

Joe Merrill, a First Grade Teacher, has been rockin' out Flipgrid since March 2017.  He is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador.  Joe believes Flipgrid is “versatile.” 
 

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#WednesdayWisdom about Flipgrid from Joe Merrill


Uses
We use Flipgrid across the curriculum, but we love #appsmashing it with other apps. My students particularly enjoy using apps like Chatterpix Kids, Book Creator, Halftone 2, Buncee, and more!

Impact
Flipgrid has changed dinner conversation from "how was your day? to "how did you do that today?" Parents may contribute, and students love sharing!

Advice
Start off with something easy, like an icebreaker. Be sure to model proper digital citizenship, specifically how to respond to others and hold the camera still while recording.

Connect
Check out Joe's Flipgrid Rockstar intro: 

Twitter: @MrMerrillsClass
Global Grids: 
Appsmashing https://flipgrid.com/appsmashing

 

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Kristina A. Holzweiss 💫

Kristina A. Holzweiss, a school library media specialist, professional developer, presenter, and author, has been rockin' out Flipgrid for 3 years! She is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador.  To Kristina, Flipgrid is all about  “connections.”

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#WednesdayWisdom about Flipgrid from Kristina Holzweiss.
 

Uses
Students share what they have learned during our library genius hour program.  It doesn't matter what language they speak, or what their strengths and weaknesses are.  Each student has the opportunity to share his or her voice with the world.  This year my students are going to participate in the Kindness Rocks project.  They will design and paint rocks with positive messages for our 9/11 rock garden.  Flipgrid will help to capture our students' reflections. 

I am especially proud of our Long Island Students Make a Difference Charity Pitch Fest, where 76 groups of students competed through Flipgrid to pitch their favorite charity live at our SLIME - Students of Long Island Maker Expo.  Flipgrid made it easy to curate videos of students from various school districts.  On a personal level, I use Flipgrid to record videos of rubber ducks and books that I share in memory of my sister (Ducks4Laryssa).

Impact
With Flipgrid my students are empowered to be independent thinkers, creators, and publishers.  Flipgrid is a verb, not a noun, in our library.  With an authentic Flipgrid audience, my students believe that their voices matter. 

Advice
There is no right or wrong way to use Flipgrid.  Once you begin using it, you will think of other ways beyond the classroom to incorporate Flipgrid such as professional development, creating home-school connections, and even portfolios.  Flipgrid is a limitless platform for you and your students.  

Connect
Check out Kristina’s Flipgrid Rockstar intro: 


Twitter: @lieberrian
Global Grids:  
Voices Around the World -  https://flipgrid.com/worldvoices
Kids Make a Difference SLIME 2017 - https://flipgrid.com/db9e62
Genius Hour- https://flipgrid.com/692a32fd

Connect Students through Scientific Inquiry

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 global projects that connected teachers and students in celebration of World Water Day and Earth Day 2017, which generated over 1,400 videos and 125 hours of engagement.

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In middle school science, we often focus on scientific misconceptions. Our students get so much of their information about the world from social media that is often misleading and not truthful. Why is what you see in the media not always credible? How do you know what to believe when you read two articles on the same topic with completely opposite opinions?

My goal this year is to focus in on scientific misconceptions in the media and help my students become responsible consumers of information. I want them to know when they are being misled or tricked into believing something that isn’t scientifically backed.

Our grid this year, Imagine, will focus on scientific hot topics, many of which focus around the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Students will be asked a debatable question and learn how to conduct scientific research in place of just Googling. They will then answer the question and support their statement with credible science. We hope to get feedback from other students around the world as well as experts in the field.

Some of our topics for the year include questions about sugar and memory, performance enhancing drugs, designer babies, climate change, and habitat destruction. Topics will derive from classroom content or current media subject and will be added once every two weeks or so. When you visit the grid, click Follow and you'll be notified whenever I post something new. 

When you have a chance, check out the grid at flipgrid.com/imagine (or enter code 'imagine' in the Flipgrid app). We would love for you to join us as we share the truth behind popular scientific misconceptions!

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Claudio Zavala, Jr. 💫

Claudio Zavala, Jr., an Instructional Technology Coordinator, has been rockin' out Flipgrid the past 5 months. He is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador.  He believes Flipgrid is purely “engaging.”

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#WednesdayWisdom about Flipgrid from Claudio Zavala

Uses
I use Flipgrid with educators to provide an opportunity to share feedback, observations, and ideas post workshops and/or trainings.  Also, I love using Flipgrid to promote positive noise by providing an open space for educators & students to share positive thoughts. Lastly, but certainly not least, I have been using Flipgrid to connect educators & students across the globe through the power of singing! #singasong

Impact
I have seen how Flipgrid has provided opportunities for all to share their voice or song. The skill levels vary, but that's what it's not about. It's about connecting learners (long & old). Every time I watch a video of folks singing, they are smiling, laughing, and enjoying themselves. That's what it's about!


Advice
1. Don't underestimate the power of voice! Flipgrid opens the door for those reluctant to share, or sing! 
2. Take the risk! Create a grid and topics, and watch as your learners take off with sharing thoughts & ideas. The payoff is huge.

Connect
Check out Claudio's Flipgrid Rockstar intro:


Twitter: @ClaudioZavalaJr
Global Grids:  
"#Singasong" - flipgrid.com/singasong - Check out the "spark" of the Sing a Song  movement!
"#PositiveNoise" - flipgrid.com/positivenoise
“Make Your Own Commercials” - flipgrid.com/foreignlanguage

 

Flipgrid + Canvas Updates 🎉 #FriendsForever

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It’s official! Canvas and Flipgrid are pretty much #FriendsForever. Today we are excited to announce several enhancements to our Canvas app that will make your life a little bit easier and your students’ social learning experience on Canvas a lot more … social! 

Here are a few of the new updates that will ignite social learning communities in your Canvas+Flipgrid courses. EVERYTHING outlined below is now LIVE!

1) Canvas Grid Access Control

Only students in your Canvas courses can access your connected Grids, adding additional security to your course content and students’ Flipgrid video responses. Like everything on Flipgrid, this is your control as the educator. You can change this at any time under your Grid settings and open your Canvas Grids to connect your students with the world!

2) Automatic Grid Creation

Add Flipgrid to your Canvas course and a Grid is automatically created and connected. It’s magic! You also have the power to connect any of your existing Grids to your Canvas course and amplify your favorite Flipgrid communities.

3) Easy Student Participation

Students’ info (i.e. their name and Canvas email address) is pre-populated when they submit a Flipgrid response. Less time typing, more time engaging!

4) Flipgrid Assignments

Add a Flipgrid Topic for your next Canvas assignment. Simply create a Canvas assignment, attach your Grid as an External Tool in the Submission Type, and watch as students build and strengthen a social learning community in your course!

5) SpeedGrader Integration

What is a Canvas assignment without SpeedGrader? That’s like peanut butter without jelly! Now, you can breeze through feedback & assessment with Flipgrid SpeedGrader integration. All Flipgrid video Responses and Replies are organized by the individual student. It’s like you have superpowers!

6) Anywhere, Anytime

Students can share their voices within Canvas from any browser. Or, if they are using the Canvas mobile web experience or apps, they can take it to the next level on our free Flipgrid iOS + Android apps that now sync up with your Canvas course. 

#FriendsForever

We built these integrations based on feedback from our amazing Flipgrid and Canvas educator communities. Like everything on Flipgrid and Canvas – the user experience is everything! 

For further details and to get started, check out our Canvas integration doc

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Andy Plemmons

Andy Plemmons, a School Library Media Specialist, has been rockin' out Flipgrid since the very beginning! He is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador.  To Andy, Flipgrid is simply “empowering”. 

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#WednesdayWisdom about Flipgrid from Andy Plemmons

Uses
In the Barrow Peace Prize, our 2nd graders share persuasive essays about important people from history and ask the world to vote on the winner. We love creating book talks, especial 30-second ones. Also, our 5th graders wrote letters about important issues in the world, and asked other students to add their voices to amplify the messages of peace, caring for our earth, human rights, and more. We love using Flipgrid in creative ways and sharing our voices beyond our walls.


Impact
Flipgrid has helped us learn so much about one another as a school community but has also given our students a global audience for their projects. We love when other schools are inspired by our topics and add their voices alongside ours.


Advice
Flipgrid is such a versatile tool. I'm constantly thinking of new ways to use it and learning great ideas from others. Don't be afraid to give it a try for your very basic needs in the classroom to hear from your students, but also push yourself to try Flipgrid in new and creative ways too. It's a tool full of opportunities for collaboration with classes around the world.


Connect
Check out Andy's Flipgrid Rockstar intro: flipgrid.com/13fc17
Twitter: @plemmonsa
Global Grids: https://flipgrid.com/barrow