Meet Flipgrid Ambassador Joe Marquez 💫

Joe Marquez, an Instructional Technology TOSA, has been rockin' out Flipgrid for over a year!  He is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador who continuously shares Flipgrid in his Sons of Technology blog and amazingly energetic conference presentations!  We had the pleasure of having Joe share a multitude of rockstar ideas with the #Flipgridfever community during Flipgrid Unplugged 3: Hacking the Grid.  If you ask Joe about Flipgrid, he will exclaim, "Flipgrid is AWESOMESAUCE!" 

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#Wednesday Wisdom from Joe Marquez:

Uses
We use Flipgrid on our campus to poll student opinion for digital citizenship and other thought provoking questions. We use it to give a voice to those shy kids who are amazingly smart but do not want to be center of attention. I use Flipgrid as our main video host for our student created screen-casts, green screen videos, and stop motion projects. I also use Flipgrid in a Masters course I teach as our main source of communication and weekly vlogs! Also Flipgrid is my go-to favorite to create an APPSmashing Amalgamation of Awesomeness!! 

Impact
Flipgrid has allowed my students to find their voice and understand that everyone has a statement that deserves to be heard.

Advice
I would say that EVERYONE is embarrassed to use Flipgrid at first (the students not the teacher). It does not matter what grade level or age. Everyone will try to hide their face or fix their makeup. This phase will pass and Flipgrid will become their new favorite medium to share their unparalleled awesomeness with you!! 

Connect
Check out Joe's Flipgrid Rockstar intro:

Twitter: @JoeMarquez70

Joe would love for you to add and participate in his grid TechInClass to discuss the use of technology in the classroom.
https://flipgrid.com/techinclass
 

⭐️ Student Voice Ambassadors ⭐️

The following post is written by Flipgrid VP of Engagement Joey Taralson. Joey and the Flipgrid Engagement Team (Adam, Jornea, and George) are honored support and amplify the inspiring Flipgrid educator community! 

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Student Voice Ambassadors are among the most passionate and innovative educators on the planet. They promote social learning and the importance of student engagement + empowerment wherever they go. 

Interested in becoming a Student Voice Ambassador? It's simple.

1. Earn your Level 1 Flipgrid Certified Educator badge. You can do this any time, including after you submit your Ambassador video!

2. Submit a video on our Ambassador grid, in the very first Topic: Student Voice Ambassadors. In your response, be sure to include:

  • Your name and location
  • Your role
  • How you amplify student voice and promote social learning

We will review periodically and follow up when we form a new class. Once you are invited to join, we ask that you participate in the community by sharing ideas and helping your peers. We also ask that you maintain an open line of communication with our team so that we can ensure that Flipgrid always exceeds your expectations. Those are the only two requirements!

Any questions, give me a shout any time. Thank you for being part of the Flipgrid community and thank you for your commitment to student voice!

-Joey

Joey Taralson
joey@flipgrid.com
@taralson

⭐️ Student Voice Ambassadors ⭐️

The following post is written by Flipgrid VP of Engagement Joey Taralson. Joey and the Flipgrid Engagement Team (Adam, Jornea, and George) are honored support and amplify the inspiring Flipgrid educator community! 

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Student Voice Ambassadors are among the most passionate and innovative educators on the planet. They promote social learning and the importance of student engagement + empowerment wherever they go. 

Interested in becoming a Student Voice Ambassador? It's simple.

1. Earn your Level 1 Flipgrid Certified Educator badge. You can do this any time, including after you submit your Ambassador video!

2. Submit a video on our Ambassador grid, in the very first Topic: Student Voice Ambassadors. In your response, be sure to include:

  • Your name and location
  • Your role
  • How you amplify student voice and promote social learning

We will review periodically and follow up when we form a new class. Once you are invited to join, we ask that you participate in the community by sharing ideas and helping your peers. We also ask that you maintain an open line of communication with our team so that we can ensure that Flipgrid always exceeds your expectations. Those are the only two requirements!

Any questions, give me a shout any time. Thank you for being part of the Flipgrid community and thank you for your commitment to student voice!

-Joey

Joey Taralson
joey@flipgrid.com
@taralson

#GridTip with Jornea Erwin: Elections with Ease

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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Around the world, students of all ages are leading change within their school and communities. It's election season and no matter whether it's running for homecoming courts, giving speeches for student council/government, or advocating for a school, local, national or global cause, students have a voice that should be amplified.  Transform traditional practices and maxime impact with Flipgrid!

Follow these simple steps to supercharge your election experience:

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First, set up a grid for student leadership. 

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Create topics for students to express their ideas, motivate with speeches  and inspire change in other students.  

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Set up the topic for success!

Example: 

Section 1:
Homecoming Court Nominees (Topic Title)
Set your Launch and Freeze Dates to set when you want to launch and end student responses.


 

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Section 3 Topic Attachment

Section 3: “Topic Attachment” Add a online form for voting (Google Forms, Microsoft Forms, SurveyMonkey, etc.) to automatically calculate the number of votes.

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Section 4: Turn on Moderation

  • “Response Moderation”  This will ensure only the students who are running for homecoming court’s videos will be displayed once you approved them.
  • “Response Link - “Public” so those who have access to the grid will see the student resources. Allow students to add resources such as a homecoming poster advertisement or slogan.
  • "Response Title"  to add hashtags for such as "court positions" for sorting purposes.  For example if "#king" is typed once you click on the hashtag all the student responses with #king will be sorted together.
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Share the topic for students to add their voice.  The topic can be shared via link, QR Code, embedded on a school webpage or on social media.

Yay!  Now all of your videos are in one place to all to access with ease and a link is there ready for them to vote!  

On the freeze date begin adding the moderated videos so students can view their peers responses and use the form to begin voting!  

This tip broadens impact, maximizes time, and fosters student communication and creativity.

See you on the grid! 🚀

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Jen Giffen 💫

Jen Giffen, a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher, has been rockin' out Flipgrid for the past 7 months.  She is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador sharing Flipgrid ideas in her blog and at many educational summits.  “Dynamic” is how Jen describes Flipgrid!   

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#WednesdayWisdom about Flipgrid from Jen Giffen:


Uses
I like to use Flipgrid to do book talks, document conference learnings, introduce people who will be working on teams together (who are coming from different schools), documenting learning (think portfolios), sharing ideas, mystery hangouts with different time zones....just to name a few.

Impact
Simply put - more opportunities for voice for more learners.

Advice
Think outside the box.  Find ways to use Flipgrid that are not traditional tool.  In the time I have used this I have seen it used in so many clever ways.

Connect
Check out Jen’s Flipgrid Rockstar intro: https://flipgrid.com/9b97b7


Twitter: @virtualgiff

One Day in Our Lives Project

The following is a guest blog post from Laura Krenicki. Laura is a middle school social studies teacher in Colchester, Connecticut. For the past seven years, Laura’s organized projects centered around connecting students from around the world through discussing global issues. We first saw Laura’s One Day Grid on Twitter and we reached out to learn more. The following is an adaptation from her personal blog post, Rationale for One Day in Our Lives, which first presented the project, followed by her reflection on the incredible Grid that resulted.

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The topic of "global literacy" is quite broad, and it feels like sometimes we are doing great things in our schools, while other times it feels like we are merely scratching the surface. Even the "experts" aren't always specific in how to achieve global goals.

Normally, I teach middle-schoolers whose world view is narrow, if not egocentric, and I know it is my job to expand their worldview through experiences. Once they graduate, the inquisitiveness to know about the world and the people in it should and must be intrinsic. To foster this culture, I decided to connect students around the world and started a project through the Global Collaboration Day website.

For the first few years, I tried a forum-based platform to facilitate the community. However, the difficulty with logging-in, burden of organizing numerous posts and prompts, and challenge with scheduling across multiple classrooms - let alone across multiple time-zones - made feedback and engagement slow. With that said, I noticed that kids who posted photos or videos - rather than merely text - had a lot more engagement! For example, a group of boys in Asia made a video about the various dishes you could make with noodles. While it was meant to be informative, the group became unintended media stars! The takeaway? VIDEO IS IMPORTANT.

Last spring, Kerri Thompson introduced me to Bronwyn Joyce’sWhat If?” project. My students were so excited to share their ideas using Flipgrid that I decided to use the same format for Global Collaboration Day in September. Two things that made me especially excited about using Flipgrid were, (1) as I mentioned, video always makes the experience more positive, and (2) Flipgrid doesn't require logging-in to find responses.

With a community already built through the The Global Collaboration Day website, I able to promote the project with previous participants and amplify #StudentVoice. Furthermore, I was able to bring on-board some new classrooms through sharing the initiative via social media - specifically on my personal and classroom Twitter accounts. I also embedded the Grid Topics on our class websites.

The completed project documents a typical day for students around the world. By no accident, Global Collaboration Day fell on International Peace Day, and the Grid beautifully exemplified this through the incredible student responses. Since the project was short in duration and welcoming for students of all grade levels, teachers found it a valuable experience for their students that was easy to incorporate into our busy schedules. More importantly, students were thrilled to see and hear kids around the world, share their personal thoughts and ideas, and draw inspiration from the hopes and dreams of their peers. Flipgrid made all the difference in the project this year!