Flipgrid Creator Series...Starring You ⭐️

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From emails to tweets, we hear you! The #FlipgridFever community loves amplifying #StudentVoice nation- and even world-wide in discussing the book they’re readying, project they’re working on, or study they’re conducting. We’ve even had a few authors reach out directly, excited about connecting the incredible students reading their books.

With just a little bit of work architecting, amplifying a community of students around the world is easy! Based on our experiencing organizing the Flipgrid Explorer Series, here’s what we recommend to launch your own global Flipgrid Creator Series.

Pick Your Timeline

For a collaborative Grid, we recommend a two-three week timeframe. Moreover, give your audience around a months notice so that educators have time to build the Series into their schedules.

Architect Your Grid

Build out your entire Grid prior to hosting your Creator Series. Be sure to pick a unique Grid Code to make finding and contributing to your discussion a breeze (check out this blog post for more tips on best practices). We recommend keeping the Topics to one per week, with a few Topics that span the entire Series. Note you can add all your Topics ahead of time and simply keep future Topics hidden! To start off your Grid, consider these four Topics:

  • Content Topic, throughout the entire Creator Series: use this single Topic to share your content with students. This way students always know where they can easily find videos from you. To highlight the given week’s content, either make past videos Inactive or Feature the active week’s content.

  • Discussion Topics, one per week: Host one Topic a week where students can share their voices. A great way to do this clearly labeling your Topics and Pinning the active Topics. For example, start the series with a “Pre-Knowledge” Topic, then a “Week 1,” “Week 2,” “Week 3,” and “Reflection” Topic. You can adjust how these appear on your Grid by manipulating the display date. To help your audience, consider scheduling Topics or Hiding Topics until the given week.

  • Ideas Bar, throughout the entire series: Use the Ideas Bar for students to share thoughts beyond the confines of the Topics. (Note, the Ideas Topic is automatically launched with every new Grid)

  • Q & A Topic, throughout the entire Creator Series: Host one Topic for participants to specifically reach out with questions. Using the Replies-to-Responses feature, respond directly to student questions.

Build Your Audience

Reach out directly to educators via email, blog posts, Twitter, and any other way you communicate with your audience to have classes enroll in your Series. Encourage your rockstar educators to have their students post on the Grid as soon as you launch the Series so that classes who are new to Flipgrid see what participating looks like and are more comfortable joining the discussion.

Share Your Grid with Us

If you have a rockstar Creator Series in the works, let us know at hello@flipgrid.com. We'd love to see what you're working on and may even feature your Series in a Tweet or email!

Flipgrid for the Camera Shy 😳

The following post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Erwin. In this series, (see the full collection here), Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Jornea, Ann, and Jess share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid!

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3, 2, 1…. Record… Getting started with Flipgrid is super exciting for many of us as educators because we know the power of formatively assessing student understanding through every interaction they have. We are superheroes and can tackle many things at once but with a room full of students we may often miss out on important conversations, insights, and wonderings.  So we are excited to finally have Flipgrid as a powerful tool to unleash all of the possibilities! The beauty within implementing Flipgrid is the amplification of voice for ALL including the capability to have authentic audiences hear, continue the conversation and give feedback to those voices.  Flipgrid gives the students the space and time to share their understanding, ideas, questions, and projects in multiple ways when physical time and space in the classroom does not always allow for it.

Although our students are digital natives and may FaceTime often with family, participate in Google Hangouts with friends, snap their daily lives, or go live on Facebook or Instagram, it does not mean they are comfortable recording themselves on video for classroom purposes. Students may be hesitant at first to show their face, but there are a couple of fun tips that are sure to get your students to overcome their camera shyness and be proud to be a part of the collaborative space to learn and grow. 

10 Savvy Tips to Overcoming Camera Shyness on Flipgrid

Savvy Tip #1: Start simple. If your students are a bit hesitant to put themselves on camera, their nerves will be even stronger if they're asked to answer a tough question right away. Start with something fun and simple that will get them comfortable with the recording process.

"If you had to eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

"If you had to live in another country, where would it be and why?"

"What's the hardest you've ever laughed? Tell us the story."

Savvy Tip #2: Share yourself as an educator recording.  If students see you as the educator relaxed, silly at times, and creative in a response, students will feel more comfortable to do the same.  

Savvy Tip #3 :  Record with a Buddy, Group or with Family Members.  Motivation and confidence increases with the support of group members and family.

Savvy Tip #4: Record Something Else!  Yes, that’s right - students don’t have to be seen, just use the Flipgrid app rear-facing camera feature to capture something else as the students are speaking.

Savvy Tip #5:  Interview a Friend - This is a great choice to foster student collaboration and to have students help each other become comfortable in recording while also practicing speaking and listening skills.  Have shy students pair with a student who is more comfortable on the camera.  As they ask questions they can use the PAUSE feature to allow the shy student to gather their thoughts before speaking.

Savvy Tip #6:  Create Paper Slides Videos - Paper slides allows students unleash their creativity by creating a slide for each of their big ideas shared in the video.  As the student is speaking someone else can move the paper slides into the view of the camera.

Savvy Tip #7:  Use Puppets or Masks - Have fun and creative masks, emoji faces, or puppets  available or allow students to create their own mask or puppets to share their ideas.  Some are easy to make with a simple paper plate and popsicle stick or have students create their own sock puppets.

Savvy Tip #8:  Create a screencast -  Record computer screens with ease and upload student work including presentations, a process, or projects to Flipgrid.  Screencastify, Screencast-o-matic, Loom are great options to get started.  Students can record their voice as they are recording their screen.

Savvy Tip #9:  Moderate Topics -  The moderation feature allows you as the educator to choose which responses show on the grid, so shy students can respond without all of their classmates seeing the response.  Use the Actions button to Edit Topic (not to be confused with editing a grid) In section 1. Topic Details you can toggle the Response Moderation setting to on.  This will default your videos to only be visible to the teacher.  After reviewing, you can choose to make the videos visible to students or keep them hidden.

Savvy Tip #10:  Appsmash! - Appsmashing is the process of combining two or more apps in order to expand the possibilities for increased impact.  Chatterpix is a great app where students can upload images of animals, famous poets, important people throughout history or their own art work, then by simply drawing a line where the mouth is located and recording it looks like the image is speaking but has the voice of the student!  After creating the video in Chatterpix upload it into Flipgrid for all to enjoy. Also, allow your students to record in their favorite apps and upload to Flipgrid - be prepared for some of the most creative responses you’ll ever see!

So remember, although some students may be shy at first, they will come around with time and practice - we all get more comfortable the more we do something.  Allow students to be themselves and choose how they want to respond and watch your shy students shine  and have their voices heard in many ways on Flipgrid.

See you on the grid!

-Jornea

Connect your Students with Professionals through the Flipgrid Explorer Series 🔍

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The Flipgrid Explorer Series brings professionals in a variety of fields into your classroom for an engaging and fun experience! In addition to connecting your class with learners around the world, the Explorer Series will challenge your students to think differently about the world around them and inspire new opportunities and career possibilities!

Each Explorer Series spans two weeks and starts with an introductory Topic leading up to the Series to get students thinking about the subject. Upon commencement, there's daily and weekly content for your students:

  • Every day the Explorer shares new content in a Journal Topic
  • Each week there's a Discussion Topic for students to add their voices
  • Throughout the Series, students are encouraged to share questions with the Explorer in a Q&A Topic
  • The series then ends with a Reflection Topic for students to share their learning

Some teachers incorporate the material directly into their curriculum while others offer the Series as an additional opportunity beyond classroom content. True to our nature, we welcome you to adapt the Explorer Series however you'd like and you're welcome to have your students hop on the Grid whenever it's convenient for you (the beauty of asynchronous video).

If you haven't participated in a Flipgrid Explorer Series yet, check out Beth Mistretta's experience!

#GridTip with Jornea Erwin: Winter Break Flipgrid Fun

The following post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Erwin. In the #GridTip series, (see the full collection here), Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Jornea, Ann, and Jess share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid!

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Winter is coming, snow is here, although school's almost out for break, students sometime lack cheer. Often time, over winter break, students are sent home with packets to complete. The first question when they return is “What did you do over winter break?”. Let's change it up and engage our students in fun and meaningful experiences with their families while staying connected with Flipgrid! 


Step 1: Add Topics to your Grid
Here are 9 suggested topics for the winter break from the Flipgrid Discovery Library - each one is linked so you can easily add it to your grid!

  1. Acts of Kindness for Mr. Grinch

  2. My Special Holiday Celebration

  3. Code a Snowflake

  4. Holiday MadLibs

  5. Holiday Wishes

  6. Holiday Music

  7. #12DaysOfFlipgrid

  8. Winter Break Book Club

  9. Holiday Math Challenge

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Step 2: Share with students & their families
Use the share button to capture the link and/ or QR code to share with students and families.

Take it up a notch by turning on Topic Guest Mode! This allows parents, family members, and guests to easily participate in your Topics without needing full Grid-access!


 

Step 3: Have fun!
Encourage your students to check in over break and share their holiday fun. Watch as the excitement grows.

I hope everyone enjoys their winter break! 

See you on the grid!
-Jornea

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Malinda Hurt 💫

Malinda Hurt, a 7th grade English teacher, has had #FlipgridFever 🔥🔥🔥  since May of 2016.  She is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador who always inspires team Flipgrid to think of ways to best meet the needs of students.  Malinda strives to support her students as global learners by connecting them with students around the world using Flipgrid.  Malinda's one word for Flipgrid is also how we describe Malinda, "innovative."  Be sure to check out her global grid in which she uses the "spark"⚡️ feature to highlight a student response as it's own topic 🙌.

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#WednesdayWisdom

Uses
We use Flipgrid for a multitude of learning activities in the classroom. I began using Flipgrid to offer a more relevant way for students to articulate their thoughts before writing. It helped free up some areas that were previously clouded with fear and stress due to writers block. From there is spread like fire. My past students shared funny pet peeves of mine with my group this year. A fun way to connect, feel community, and get the year started. We use Flipgrid to reflect on personal and academic goals, the writing process, and even why or how they revised their work.  Students also use Flipgrid in the classroom to share skits teaching their peers about content or new vocabulary words. The new Ideas feature has transformed what a student-led unit looks like, along with the spark feature. Flipgrid creates collaborative groups that are not constrained by class period or availability. Student ask for help, offer guidance, share resources and reflect together in these spaces. Students have engaged with a global community; whether jumping in and teaching younger students, or learning from other students on how to integrate new technology. Students have shared their voice through the #whatif grid and have challenged themselves to be active participants in the global community - through Flipgrid.

As well, Flipgrid has completely changed what PD looks like for me. We used it for reflection after an edCamp. I have also connected with educators all over the globe, sharing resources and reflecting on best practice. 

Impact
Flipgrid has broken down barriers that previously held us back. Whether that barrier is time, grouping, availability, or even value. My students see that I value their voice, so they too are taking a greater stake in what they say and how they say it. 

Advice
Jump in and try it! Follow #FlipgridFever and #TopicThursdays for new ideas. Use it for yourself- my own fears and insecurities were also theirs, it helped to be understanding in the process. Their confidence grew, just as mine has - because I gave them room to take charge of how and for what they used their voice for. 

Connect

Twitter: @mrshurtteaches

Global Grids:
mhinform (Informative- Social Networks)
adveng (Advanced English Vocabulary Routine)

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Kristin Merrill 💫

Kristin Merrill, a fourth grade English Language Arts Teacher, has been rockin' out Flipgrid for over a year! She is a Flipgrid Certified Educator & Flipgrid Ambassador who always gives her heart and time to encourage and support teachers as they implement Flipgrid, including teachers within her school district and throughout the world via Twitter.  She contributes greatly to the Flipgrid community and currently has the most "used" topics in the Flipgrid Discovery Library.  Kristin is also an organizer and co-moderator of the hottest Twitter chat on the planet: #FlipgridFever 🔥🔥🔥.  Although Kristin's family and school district were affected by hurricanes this fall, she stayed connected to make sure students were safe and kept her students engaged in learning while out of school by using Flipgrid 🙌.  To Kristin, Flipgrid is "flexible" and "universal!"

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#WednesdayWisdom

Uses

As an English Language Arts Teacher I use Flipgrid for:

  • debates

  • book reviews

  • literature circles

  • parent homework assignments

  • genius hour

  • project sharing

  • green screen app smashing

  • pen-pal buddies

  • personalized thank you videos

  • class introductions

  • fluency reads

Impact

Flipgrid creates a sense of community. It allows the kids in class to communicate with each other both at school and at home. It has also helped me as a teacher to hold students more accountable during the day.

Advice

Start small. Find one way to use it each week. From there, keep adding in new ideas and new activities each week.

Connect

Check out Kristin's Rockstar intro:

Twitter: @FriendsinFourth

Global Grid: Cricket in Times Square