Introducing... Flipgrid Ideas ⚡️

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Students are truly incredible! When afforded a small amount of input into their classroom experience, they create a social learning environment where everyone benefits. We want to give these powerful minds a place to add their voice to the community outside the confines of a Topic. Enter Ideas.

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The Ideas bar is located right under your Grid cover photo. Ideas is a hub for your students to share short videos about what they are thinking, reading, watching, doing, or creating with their learning community. Ideas videos are limited to 15 seconds to encourage creativity, brevity, and engagement. And just as you can do with any Response in a Topic, you can Spark an Idea and create a Topic centered around that student's authentic insight. In addition, if you are a Flipgrid Classroom user, your students can reply to each other's Ideas and take social learning to a new level!

On the Admin side, Ideas appears as a Topic with all the treasured features available for Topics: Moderation, Replies-to-Responses, Emoji Reactions, Stickers, and more! You can also update the Topic text your students will see when recording their idea to focus the discussion on ... whatever you want! 

Note: The Ideas bar will be visible in all new Grids (you can deactivate it if you want). You will need to activate the Ideas Topic in your existing Grids.

We are excited to see the innovative ways you use the Ideas bar with your students, fellow educators, and beyond!

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Holly Clark 💫


Holly Clark is an author, consultant and teacher and has been rockin' out Flipgrid for the past 9 months.  She is an amazing Flipgrid Ambassador and has featured Flipgrid in The Google Infused Classroom, co-authored by Tanya Avrith. To Holly, the power of Flipgrid lies in it’s “simplicity.” 

Flipgrid Rockstar Holly Clark

 

#WednesdayWisdom about Flipgrid from Holly Clark:

Uses
There are so many different ways to use Flipgrid! I have a few blogs about using Flipgrid including 15 Ways to Use Flipgrid in Social Studies,  #FlipgridFever 10 of the Best Updates, and many more!  Check out  hollyclark.org for all of the ideas!

Impact
For me it is the tool that any teacher can easily use to  purposefully add technology into their classroom - in ways that help them better understand the learning happening in their classrooms.

Advice
Make sure you teach the students how to give a good video response and also how to give a good reply. 
 

Connect
Check out Holly’s Flipgrid Rockstar intro: https://flipgrid.com/072e72
 

Twitter: @HollyClarkEdu

Flipgrid Explorer Series: Brains

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After three outdoor Explorers - Laura and her research in Antarctica, Mike and his raptors in Minnesota, and Jason and his fossils in Texas - we are excited to introduce our first laboratory Explorer: Gretchen the Neuroscientist!

Starting Monday, October 16th, Dr. Gretchen Neigh and her team will discuss the inner-workings of the brain and how it functions and allows us to do the incredible things humans can do. During this two-week series, Dr. Neigh will share daily updates covering a variety of brain-related topics. She'll also post discussion topics for your students and provide a place to ask questions. Our pre-knowledge topic is live right now and ready for your student's participation. When adding a Response, have your students include your school's custom hashtag so Dr. Neigh knows where students are Responding.

  • October 2nd: Pre-knowledge - What is the most interesting thing about the brain? What's the most confusing thing about the brain?
  • October 16th: Topic One - Throughout this week we'll discuss the various components of the brain; which part of the brain do you think is most important and why?
  • October 23rd: Topic Two - What do you believe will be the next big thing for neuroscience? What scientific breakthrough with the brain will change humanity as we know it?
  • October 27th: Reflection - How do you see brains differently?

Please email brains@flipgrid.com and let us know if you plan on participating. We may have some extra goodies for classes that participate!

This two-week series is tailored to Middle and High school students, though younger learners are free to participate. You and your students can participate however you see fit. Some educators build class content around the series, others participate on a more casual basis.

Join the discussion now: flipgrid.com/brains

If you're interested in expanding you're students' involvement with this Explorer Series, check out these awesome resources from Gretchen's experience and field:

About Dr. Neigh:

After earning a B.A. in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College, Gretchen became Dr. Neigh with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The Ohio State University. She then became a FIRST (Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, at Emory University School of Medicine, which led her to where she is today: as a faculty member running her own research group, training junior scientists, and teaching medical and graduate students. Gretchen was featured in Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign saying, "Real Beauty is using what makes you special to make the world more beautiful. I use my scientific abilities to study the brain with the goal of improving mental health." She and her team do this and more at Virginia Commonwealth University in "The Neigh Lab," which specializes in psychoneuroendocrinology and psychoneuroimmunology. Gretchen's research has been published in a number of scientific journals and she herself has spoken at many events. Along with their research, Gretchen and her team cultivate young, aspiring scientists through their outreach and community involvement. We were connected to Gretchen through Lara Ivey, the librarian at Bettie Weaver Elementary School in Chesterfield County School District - thank you Lara!

#GridTip with Jornea Erwin: Parent-Teacher Conferences 🏫

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Erwin. In this series Jornea will share a unique #GridTip to help you make the most of your Flipgrid subscription!

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Amplify voices of all using Flipgrid for Parent-Teacher Conferences! 

School has started, students are learning, and now it is time for parent-teacher conferences! Teachers, parents, and students all around the world engage in parent-teacher conferences or student-led conferences with one goal in mind - to collaboratively discuss the achievements, progress, and ways for students to have amazing learning experiences. As teachers and parents begin building rapport they both give each other insight into the world of the student as well as how to best assist students in both the school and home setting. 

The parent-teacher partnership begins on the first day of school, but it is often difficult for both the teacher and the parent to find common times to fully communicate progress, including strengths and challenges. Flipgrid's asynchronous capability perfectly assists this issue by allowing access anytime and anywhere. Teachers can build rapport with parents and continuously communicate student accomplishments through class artifacts and evidence on the grid. The replies-to-responses feature allows teachers and parents to leave feedback and words of inspiration to motivate students. 

Here are a few tips for your first Parent-Teacher Conference, which will inspire teachers, parents, and students to continue sharing and learning beyond the conferences.

  1. Share your excitement and how you use Flipgrid to engage your students.
  2. Invite parents to download the app or access the web-based version and share how to access their child’s Responses.
  3. Choose to either share your class Grid Code, obtain Private Links or QR codes for student responses you’d like to share with parents or for Flipgrid Classroom users, create a special Grid for each student sharing their “personal best” work using Flipgrid.
  4. Encourage parents to look at showcased work and provide feedback wither via:
    • Emoji Reactions
    • Replies-to-Responses (for Flipgrid Classroom Educators)
  5. Finally, consider setting up a Grid or Topic for parents to ask questions, share ideas, or to participate in goal setting. This helps to communicate they are an integral part of the classroom community.

Enjoy sharing all of the amazing learning taking place in your classroom and continue to amplify the voice of all! 

See you on the Grid 

Jornea

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Brian Romero Smith, Sr. 💫

Brian Romero Smith, Sr., a 1:1 Technology Learning Coach, has been rockin' out Flipgrid for the past 8 months. He is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador. Brian shares that Flipgrid is “awe-inspiring.”

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#WednesdayWisdom about Flipgrid from Brian Romero Smith:
Uses
Flipgrid provides a use for all school needs.  Including school & student intros, PD feedback/surveys after sessions, teacher appreciation opportunities and positive culture building, to making inferences and prediction activities for ELA… Wait, there’s more, inter and intra classroom collaboration, vocal music competition practice and World Language fluency practice...Finally, Flipgrid is even used for video voice mail for my campus offices. 

Impact
Throughout the District, communication has a new meaning for the adults, however Ss, because of the intuitive nature of Flipgrid, see its use as a “Finally”! The teachers have something that truly meets students where they are, by first implementing video that’s familiar, but also encourages their hodgepodge approach to using creative tools that can be uploaded as a final product. This empowers students with choice and voice to change their learning game for both the student and the teacher!

Advice
Pretend you are in the mirror practicing, but this time you get to review what you did, smile, laugh or maybe cringe, but you can redo as much as you like until it’s just what you want! Most important, bring the fun back to learning!

Connect
Check out Brian’s Flipgrid Rockstar intro: https://flipgrid.com/ab6b3f

Twitter: @BrianRSmithSr
Global Grids: 
Changing school culture through student innovation: https://flipgrid.com/SILC
Digital citizenship: https://flipgrid.com/shhsdigcit

The Flipgrid Swag Store is Open for Business

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Due to popular demand, we have opened up a small swag store where we will be selling (at cost) our most popular goodies. You'll be able to buy Flipgrid mugs, lanyards, Student Voice t-shirts, and stickers.

Our mission is to amplify voice and empower students and teachers everywhere, which is why we've chosen to sell each item at cost. Of course, we are still proud to sponsor any EdCamp, professional development event, or speaking engagement!

Check it out: store.flipgrid.com

Team Flipgrid

Questions, comments, conundrums? email store@flipgrid.com