Dive Deeper with Flipgrid Certified Educator...Level 2 ✌️

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In June we released the Flipgrid Certified Educator badge to recognize your commitment to student voice and social learning. We have been blown away by the response! There are now thousands of Flipgrid Certified Educators, with more getting certified every day. 

Now it's time to dive deeper with your Level 2 certification! Here's what is required:

1. Earn your Level 1 Flipgrid Certified Educator badge

2. Earn your Discovery Base Camp badge by sharing at least one Topic into Discovery Library.

3. Create a short video tutorial (3-6 minutes) demonstrating how you use Flipgrid to amplify student voice. Using a screen recorder* (check out Loom, Screencastify, or Screencast-o-matic), create a video explaining how to sign up for a Flipgrid account and create a Grid and Topic. Describe a few Grid or Topic settings and what value they provide you and your students. Lastly, share a way you’ve used Flipgrid and talk through the impact. Feel free to get creative and check out the current webinars for inspiration!

When you’re ready, upload your tutorial to our Webinar Grid. Be sure to add a descriptive Title (e.g. #1stgrade, #science, or #pd). If your video is over 250mb, you’ll need to compress it (if you don’t know how, check out the simple tool Clip Champ).

You should receive an email after submitting your video but you’ll notice the video won’t post right away. We’re moderating the Grid and will review that you’ve completed all three steps and then either launch your webinar or email feedback. We will also Feature a few webinars. If yours is Featured, you’ll win a free one-year Flipgrid Classroom subscription for you or a friend!

If you have any questions, give us a shout at certified@flipgrid.com

*PLEASE NOTE: If you are using the native Apple iOS screen recorder, you will need to long-press and ensure that microphone audio is turned on.

Flipgrid Explorer Series: Nature

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Our first Flipgrid Explorer, Laura the Explorer, is back! But, instead of chilling out down in Antarctica, Laura is heating things up in Panama! During this explorer series, Laura will guide your students on an exploration of nature and the world around us!

Head over to Laura's Grid now and have your students join the Pre-Discussion Topic: What's something that confuses you about nature? Then, join us Monday, November 6th, and send your students off on an adventure. In addition to sharing exciting observations from her research in Panama, Laura will help your students design and execute an individual experiment to share with their fellow peers on the Grid. Over the course of this two-week Explorer Series, we'll have five Topics for you and your students:

  • Pre-Discussion, October 30: What's something that confuses you about nature?
  • Laura's Adventure Journal, November 6-17: Here Laura will share her exploration around Panama!
  • Research HypothesisNovember 6-10: If you haven't heard of a "hypothesis" check out Laura's intro video! Then, when you're ready, share a hypothesis that you want to test next week.
  • Exploration DiscoveryNovember 13-17: This week, find a time to test your hypothesis by exploring the nature in your backyard. Once you're done, share your discovery here!
  • Q & A, November 6-17: Share your questions with Laura! She'll have intermittent connection but will try to answer as many questions as she can! 

Please email nature@flipgrid.com and let us know if you plan on participating!

Join the discussion now: flipgrid.com/nature

About Laura the Explorer:

Laura is a Candidate for Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at Northeastern University. She first got on the Grid last fall while studying in Antarctica. She just left Friday Harbor and is now is studying down in Panama. In addition to being a Flipgrid Explorer, Laura is a STEMinistas Mentor (a science club for girls) who inspires middle school girls with coaching and experiments.

Explore, Share, and Amplify with Discovery Library 🚀

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Every day, educators share their creative uses of Flipgrid to amplify student voice and foster social learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Now this type of sharing has a home. Welcome to the Topic Discovery Library!

Discovery Library is the spot to share your best Topics with the Flipgrid community and steal (in the best sense of the word) Topics posted by your peers. You can find it by selecting the Discovery tab in your Flipgrid Admin.

When you post a Topic to the Library, no student content is included. You are sharing only the Topic template and linked resources. To share, just select Actions then Add to Discovery next to any of your existing Topics. To make it easier for others to find what they’re looking for, you’ll be asked to select an Audience, Topic Subject and Topic Goal. Also, be sure to include Integration Notes on how to use this Topic.

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The Discovery Library is also a great way to build your PLN! By adding a short bio and linking your social profiles, fellow educators have a direct link to connect with you. Create your profile by selecting your Name in the top right menu, then Account Settings.

We can't wait to see what you share. Prepare to inspire and be inspired!

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15 Ways to Flipgrid in Higher Ed

***EDITORS NOTE: Do you use Flipgrid with higher ed or adult edu learners? Join the Post-Secondary User Group***

The following is a guest post from Flipgrid Ambassadors Jillian Hartman and Kimber Underdown. Jillian is a full time faculty member at Grand Canyon University in the College of Education. She has been teaching for ten years and has been full time at GCU for the past four years. Jillian is passionate about social learning, educational technology, and shares this passion as a Flipgrid Ambassador. Kimber is an Assistant Professor at Grand Canyon University in the College of Education and has been teaching for 26 years as a special educator in all grade levels, from Preschool through 12th grade. Kimber was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2016 and is a Flipgrid Ambassador. In her free time, she loves to watch movies, read books, and act in local theatre productions.

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We started using Flipgrid in June 2017 and have quickly found several ways to drastically improve the connections between our students and colleagues. We teach online full time for Grand Canyon University in the College of Education. We typically have around 160 students at a time, in about eight courses. Each course is 6-7 weeks long so with a full course-load, we usually start and close a class every week to maintain a steady student count.

As College of Education professors, we are in a unique position to influence future educators, so our use of Flipgrid needs to be intentional and influential, as we are shaping the ways these future educators will teach in their classrooms. Although many of our topics are geared towards teaching, these ideas could easily be modified to suit your college courses and topics.

Why use Flipgrid for Higher Education? For us, it helps us connect with students in a way that was previously unheard of. We teach online and our students are all over the world, so a face-to-face interaction typically does not occur. Using Flipgrid allows us to put a face with a name (and vice-versa) while creating a unique option for class participation. Flipgrid really helps us build a community of learners who support one another.

These are our top 15 ideas to use Flipgrid specifically in Higher Education.

  1. Welcome message/introductions. Meet your students before classes even start! Students can see their professor right away and classmates can get to know one another through Replies in an introduction Topic on Flipgrid. Huge timesaver for professors versus calling or emailing each student individually.
  2. Group work/study groups. No need to coordinate meeting times or location, all members can post, share, and build on ideas whenever and wherever they want! Evidence of participation in a group is also clearly documented for professor review.
  3. Video voicemail. Flip your office hours: allow students to reach out with questions any time and respond when its convenient for you! Set up a Topic and paste the Grid Code or QR Code on your door; students can ask their questions quickly and more thoroughly than in written format or by having to show up during office hours. You can help students quickly and efficiently.
  4. Flip your class time in an organized way! Post Topic previews before class, allow students to watch video and reply with questions. You can then spend class time addressing issues and having relevant discourse rather than starting a lecture from scratch.
  5. Great alternative to traditional threaded discussions! Provide students a choice. Give credit to students who just post “I replied to Flipgrid!” within your Learning Management System. As many online courses require a certain number of words or sentences in each participation post, many students will find this option appealing and a timesaver.
  6. Virtual Field Trip. Students can share where they live, what the weather is like, what they like to do in their communities. This creates a greater sense of community and builds relationships among students who are all over the country (or all over the world).
  7. Bring multiple sections of the same course together to increase collaboration and avoid repeat questions. This creates opportunity for bigger study groups as well.
  8. Create a schoolwide grid with intros from all colleges. Students can preview who their professor is before attending class or even use as a guide when having multiple professor options during registration.
  9. Collaborate with other professors. Create a college-specific Grid where you can brainstorm ideas, share successes, and make research connections with fellow professors.
  10. Easily spark discussion with attachment references. With Flipgrid, students can just share a link without worrying about a maximum file size in a learning management system or converting to YouTube and then sharing a video link.
  11. Smooth alternative to traditional PowerPoint assignment submissions. Students can still have presentation experience as an online student and Flipgrid allows quick documentation of any presentation given in person.
  12. Choose your own adventure. Give students multiple options as their weekly topic and they can select which one they prefer in their response.
  13. Assignment reviews/suggestions before submitting. Provide feedback to students through Flipgrid on difficult assignments before the students submit their final drafts. Students can also elicit feedback from peers this way - an opportunity that is often underutilized in Higher Ed, especially in an online environment.
  14. Amplify student agency and give students an opportunity to suggest topic ideas. What do they want to hear about from their peers or share with others?
  15. Wrap ups, next course questions/connections. Create an alumni board where students can stay connected and share future course or career challenges/successes.

Our Flipgrid Explorer Experience

The following is a guest post from Beth Mistretta. Beth told us she is "an ordinary teacher of extraordinary fourth graders." While we definitely agree with her on the second half of that, we have to correct her on the first part: Beth is an amazing educator and celebrated Flipgrid Ambassador. She teaches in New Jersey and decided to take her students on an adventure early this year by joining the Flipgrid Explorer Series: Fossils. Beth's class was one of the participating classes that won a six-million-year-old whale fossil from Paleontologist Jason Osborne. After seeing her student's reaction on Twitter, we followed up to learn more.

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In my sixteen years in the classroom, I have been so fortunate to learn and grow alongside my students. My passion is to enhance my students' learning and prepare them for a future with interactive communication skills through educational technology.

I became a Flipgrid Ambassador several months ago and was thrilled to join the innovative, inspirational, and supportive community. There's no question I have #FlipgridFever: there are not enough days in the year for all of the ways I want to use it to enhance student learning and amplify student voice. That being said, I wasn’t ready for the Flipgrid Explorer Series...especially during the first weeks of the school year. This is the time of the year for getting to know each other and learning the routines that keep my classroom running smoothly. I had every detail of the first week of school planned until a nine year-old aspiring paleontologist stepped into my classroom. There was only one thing to do. On the third day of school, we joined the series.

I introduced the class to Jason Osborne, and they hit the ground running. I was impressed by their knowledge and engagement. One student sparked our first step, but his classmates were right on his heels. When students started participating in the Topics from home, I knew they were hooked. And just when I thought the engagement had peaked, Jason Osborne personally responded to several of my students. My students were begging for more Flipgrid!

We wrapped up the series by rummaging through the basement of our 106 year-old school, digging for antiques. After two discussion Topics, Jason introduced his final week's prompt: an antique challenge that implored students to describe, as he had done with fossils, what a selected antique told the students about the time it came from. In addition to our school, students explored their grandparents’ attics and memories. The number of videos on the grid rose to over 1500 videos with over 300 hours of engagement. Whoever won the 6 million year old whale fossil didn’t matter; student voices were amplified and learning was no longer confined to the walls of my “antique” classroom. My fantastic fourth graders did win a 6 million year old whale fossil and the celebration in the Tweet above says it all.

-Beth Mistretta

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