💕💫Student Voice Rockstar: Kathi Kersznowski 💫💕

Kathi, a creative and innovative Technology Integration Specialist from Williamstown, NJ, has been rockin’ out Flipgrid for almost 2 years! As a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Student Voice Ambassador, she shares and supports educators around the world in various PLNs, at conferences, and on social media. Her passion for creating engaging learning experiences is out of this world! You may have even heard of Kathi’s FlipHunt idea, which had everyone flippin’. This idea empowered and inspired many educators to create their own #Fliphunt experiences for multiple content areas, grade levels and purposes. Kathi simply describes Flipgrid as ✨M✨A✨G✨I✨C✨A✨L✨

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USES
As a Technology Integration Specialist, I am a teacher of teachers. Working in staff development, I get to show other educators the wonders of Flipgrid...it’s possibilities and the magical things that it can do. It works for everyone at every grade level in every subject area, so it’s my job to show a huge variety of uses & just inspire limitless ideas! I have silly fun Grids for teachers to learn Flipgrid and just experience it for the first time. I do in-class demo lessons that are tailored to any teacher’s content and learning objectives. I always direct teachers to the Discovery Library, where they feel supported by a bazillion ideas from the Flipgrid community!
I came up with the idea of a #Fliphunt, which is basically a scavenger hunt using Flipgrid, and it is insanely fun for students - and the teachers who get to watch and evaluate their video responses! I honesty think I come up with new ideas to use Flipgrid every week...I keep finding inspiration all around me!

Impact
Flipgrid opens worlds. Our littlest learners can get out BIG thoughts because they are able to respond verbally and with all the vibrant emotion that is captured through live video. Our reluctant writers aren’t reluctant speakers - they’re so much more willing to share their brilliance when they can speak and know that others value their spoken voice. Our shy students don’t find it as difficulty to talk to an iPad or a laptop as they would a whole class - and Flipgrid makes it possible for them to be loud and proud. Many of our students would rather take formative assessments by TALKING about what they know openly rather than filling in bubbles with a #2 pencil, and our best educators are enjoying being able to give students a choice in how they’re assessed. For all these and so many more reasons, Flipgrid opens worlds.

Advice
Jump on in! Start with one Grid - one Topic - one idea. Learn to use Flipgrid with your students, and you’ll soon be adding more & more features to your topics. You’ll try a few new tricks, maybe experiment with a rubric, add a few meaningful attachments, and hopefully explore a little app-smashing! Use the Discovery Library to find inspiration, and then please inspire others by leaving your topics there for others to discover. Connect with the vast, enthusiastic Flipgrid community on Twitter or Facebook, or just check out the Flipgrid blog from time to time to see what others are doing. Lastly, let your students inspire you - they will suggest topic ideas, they will find new ways to use Flipgrid, and they will teach you so much...if you just listen.

Learn from Kathi
What is a #Fliphunt?

Connect with Kathi
Check out Kathi’s Rockstar Video!

October 2018 Newsletter 🍂

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Educators in the Flipgrid community are doing amazing, innovative things every day. So we decided to sprinkle a little magic dust on the Flipgrid newsletter to keep up with your creativity!

Welcome to the very first blog edition of the Flipgrid Newsletter! We'll update this post every month with all our latest product updates, educator innovation, and community activities. Bookmark blog.flipgrid.com/newsletter to make sure you're always up to speed on what's happening!

Keep reading to learn about AppSmash Innovation Month, the glorious return of the Share to Google Classroom button, the all-new Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid, and more!

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Tip or Treat! With the help of the #Appsmashing King himself, Joe Merrill, his talented partner-in-ingenuity, Kristin Merrill, our Education Innovation Leads (Jornea, Jess, and Ann), and YOU, we’re equipping you with the what, why, and how of #appsmashing to level-up your instruction and spark your students’ magic all month long!

Check out all the details - including an AppSmashing 101 webinar, our first Flipgrid Feature, weekly #GridTips, Instagram adventures, and how you can win a #StudentVoiceIsMagic sticker and #FlipgridVoicePod - over here!

 

Flipgrid Updates

Every week we are updating Flipgrid based on your amazing ideas and feedback. Here’s a couple brand new Flipgrid updates!

Share to Google Classroom

Back by popular demand, the Share to Google Classroom button is BACK! You can share any Topic to Google Classroom from your Educator Dashboard!

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Edit Display Name

Incorrect or undesired display name attached to your Flipgrid response? Now you can update it!

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Meet MixTapes

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The greatest way to share the best videos from your incredible rockstars with your amazing families, school, or even community! True to the feature’s namesake, MixTapes is a view-only, curated collection of Flipgrid videos from any of your Topics in any of your Grids. Learn all about the newest addition to Flipgrid over here and check out a series of inspiring ideas for MixTapes over here!

 
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Created by educators, for educators, the renowned Karly Moura and Sean Fahey have created a truly incredible, comprehensive, and totally free guide for educators new and experienced! Packed with all the things you need to know to get started and then to blast off with Flipgrid, The Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid, Volume 3 is a fantastic resource to learn more yourself and to share with peers. Their latest guide has been updated to reflect all the new features of Flipgrid, including MixTapes!

 
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Celebrate the magic of Student Voice every time you pick up your phone or tablet with these groovy new #StudentVoiceIsMagic wallpapers! Full gallery here.

 

Featured Tweetchers

Every day we’re inspired by the awesome ideas shared on Twitter by educators using the hashtag #FlipgridFever. Here’s a couple that went viral this past month!

 
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The Flipgrid Explorer Series is an opportunity for you to launch enriched, expert-lead lessons right inside your Grid! The package of stellar Disco Library Topics equipped with exciting lessons, engaging companion activities, and a stimulating prompt for your students can be adapted to meet the needs of your learners, adjusted to align with your curriculum, or simply added as they are.

Sean Fahey (yes, THE Sean from the amazing Educator’s Guide above) and Jen Saarinen (the fun and inspiring hero you saw on Twitter introducing families to Flipgrid before it was cool and heard cheering loud and proud for #StudentVoice on the FlipgridLIVE broadcast) have brewed up an incredible inaugural Explorer Series for the school year: MatheMAGIC! Conjure your students’ curiosity and bring math to life with all six of their amazing Topics paired with the amazing Educator’s Guide over here!

 
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We’re saddling up and headed down where the the stars at night are big and bright…

Join us on the Lone Star #FlipgridBusTour by following that hashtag on Twitter. And, if you are in or suddenly have plans to travel to Texas during the week of October 14th, join us at one of our educator #FlipHunt gatherings, the Texas State Fair, or at TCCA!

 

Until next month...

Thank you to the millions of Flipgrid educators committed to amplifying #StudentVoice and igniting creativity. We are so grateful we get to work with you and we are so inspired by the innovative ways you’re empowering and amplifying your students. Please continue sharing your amazing ideas, feedback, and questions with us on Twitter and via email - we love chatting!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, Minnesota

👻 Appsmash 💥 Innovation 🔮 Month 💚

🎃 October is upon us and we’re celebrating the spooky month with unbeLEAFable ingenuity: Happy AppSmash Innovation Month!

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Have you ever…

  • used more than one app or tool to create something? You’ve appsmashed!

  • leveraged more than one tool to enhance a lesson? That is appsmashing!

  • captured the best elements of two or more platforms to improve learning outcomes? This is appsmashing!

To put it simply, appsmashing allows students to create something that isn’t possible with just one tool and ultimately provides endless opportunities for students to show what they know by engaging with multiple tools.

🤔 So, why are we spending an entire month celebrating #AppSmashing? There are many reasons, but most importantly, because we believe in empowering students (and educators!) to share their unique voice and showcase their learning. Appsmashing adds pizazz and a whole lot of fun to the learning task! Student Voice Ambassador and Grid Guide, Lanny Watkins says, “Appsmashing is of huge importance in the classroom, for both teachers and pupils. Through this process I have found you really get to know your classroom tools, and in doing so promote creativity and innovation – two skills that our pupils are going to need to succeed in the future.”

✏️ Appsmashing stretches the imagination for creative thinking.

💻 Appsmashing allows you to push the limits for what’s possible with technology.

💡 Appsmashing engages learners in critical thinking tasks.

💫 Appsmashing brings an element of whimsy and fun to the learning.

Tip or treat, webinars, and more: check out all the Appsmash Innovation Month festivities below!

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Every week: this month, our weekly #GridTip will focus on appsmashing Flipgrid and a variety of fellow edtech friends with expert tips from the AppSmash King Joe Merrill!

#GridTip: Flipgrid + Book Creator

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Create & Innovate Webinar: AppSmashing 101, October 9 at 6:00 PM CT

Jornea will lead us in a savvy intro to appsmashing with the what, why, and how to get started. Register over here!

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Flipgrid Feature: The InterACTIVE Classroom with Kristin and Joe Merrill, October 23 at 7:00 PM CT

Our first Flipgrid Feature! Join Kristin and Joe Merrill as they share their secret sauce for creating mind-boggling, jaw-dropping, double-take activities with appsmashing and more! Register here.

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Tip or Treat: Follow @Flipgrid on Instagram for daily 🤯 #TipOrTreat 🍫 surprises on our story all month long!

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#StudentVoiceIsMagic Stickers + #FlipgridVoicePod Challenge, all month long, everyone’s a winner! Head over to flipgrid.com/magic and record your why or how of appsmashing! Everyone who submits a video will win one of the majestic #StudentVoiceIsMagic stickers and every day one lucky person will win a #FlipgridVoicePod!

With Flipgrid, the possibilities are endless! We all know that #StudentVoiceIsMAGIC - appsmashing takes creativity to the next level and brings out the innovative wizards, dragons, unicorns… in all of us! Here’s to a freaky fun month of tips, treats, and more!

#GridTip: Using Flipgrid 🗣 Replies to Ignite Magic 🔮

The following post is written by Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Erwin. In the #GridTip Series, Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Ann, Jess, and Jornea will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid. Looking for more inspiration? Sign up for one of the Engage & Amplify: Flipgrid 101 Webinars!

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I love the saying “learning loves community!” because it’s TRUE! As I think back to my early education experiences, I was taught to and had little opportunities to learn with. As a result, I struggled with retaining and even caring about the information being presented!

As educators, we’ve learned over the years that learning should focus on the learner and that inspiring and creating dialogue within a safe environment fosters growth. With only so many hours in a day, we’ve found discussion protocols to be an effective and efficient way to get students thinking critically about content. However, time, space, and distance often dictate when conversations can occur. Thankfully, Flipgrid can help you overcome these challenges to engage students in dialogue in the classroom and beyond!

Meet Student-to-Student Replies!
Student-to-Student Replies allow students the opportunity to respond to their peers within a Flipgrid Topic and participate in ongoing dialogue, any time and any place. And now that Flipgrid is 100% free, EVERY educator can use the Replies feature! Activate Replies when you want to immerse students in collaborative dialogue, foster asking and answering questions, and extend learning experiences.

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Replies-to-Responses is fully controlled by the educator and can be toggled-on when creating the Topic or anytime after creation by clicking “Edit Topic” & scrolling to Section 6: Video Features.

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After viewing a video, students are given an option to reply to the original student’s response by clicking on the reply icon. Their Reply will appear under the original response. NOTE: if moderating the topic, Student-to-Student Replies will also be moderated and will not appear on the Grid until they’re approved by the Educator.

🔮 Let the Magic Begin… it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

1️⃣ Set the stage: discuss and collaboratively develop expectations for Student-to-Student Replies. Ideas may include listening with respect and replying to ask a question, give an affirmation or extend new thinking with another idea. For example, check out the TAG acronym from Alison Nixon!

2️⃣ Support leads to success: If there are specific requirements you expect for responses, add it to your “Topic Tip” to support students.

3️⃣ Engage & amplify: Encourage students by sharing and showcasing replies. There is even an option for the educator to Add Private Video Feedback for a student Response in the Educator Admin. Either way, the excitement fills up a room when an icon of classmate or teacher pops up under a video.

💡 Ideas to Get Started including 🕺 Disco Library topics

📖 Connecting through Text: share a read aloud, novel, or article with students to read and explore (TIP: if available via web, attach the resource link as a TOPIC ATTACHMENT for reference). Ask students to respond to an open-ended question and provide evidence from the text to support their responses.
🕺 Forgiveness by Aubrey Di’Orio
This Topic engages students in connecting to the character in “Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse,” asking them if they’ve ever had a similar experience being upset and forgiving someone. Use the Student-to-Student Replies option for students to give suggestions to others about actions they could implement the next time they may find themselves in similar situations.


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Spark thoughts for dialogue with intriguing media: Adding a TED Talk, a notice and wonder image, a quick attention grabber with a thought provoking question, or a fun personal video with a challenge is bound to be a hit when paired with a learning activity. (TIP: add your media as a TOPIC RESOURCE)
💃 Your Turn, Your TED Talk by Marilee Sarlitto
This topic empowers students to make a difference in the world by creating a “TEDtalk” about a topic that matters to them. Use the Student-to-Student Replies for students to leave feedback about what captured their attention during the talk as well as suggestions for improvement towards the final TEDtalk.


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Explore, discuss and support with mathematical thinking: try out My Favorite No as an activity for students to discuss the accuracy of mathematical thinking.
🕺 Flipgrid Explorer Series: MatheMAGIC by Jen Saarinen and Sean Fahey
The Topics within the Flipgrid Explorer Series: MatheMAGIC allows students to have in-depth mathematical discourse. For example, in MatheMAGIC 3: Be A Convincer, students will convince others which does not belong. Use the Student-to-Student Replies to have students share whether the other students’ responses convinced them or not by providing evidence for their Reply.


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Compare knowledge gained from experiments, including successes and failures.
💃 The Scientific Method Fliphunt by Mark Rocha
This topic encourages students to be inquirers. As students ask questions or share wonders in responses encourage other students to use Student-to-Student Replies to provide guidance, resources, or extend thinking of the question or idea shared by the student.


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Ask and answer questions to clues from #GridPals!
🕺 Grid Pals: Where in the World by Bonnie McClelland
This Topic inspires students to research & learn about different countries, cultures, climates, etc. by connecting and asking detailed questions to #GridPals in hopes to determining their location. Use the Student-to-Student Replies for students to respond to questions giving further clues to their #GridPals about their location.


🗣 Support language acquisition through conversation. Simply have a conversation about a topic in a language being studied.
💃 Poesía, música e identidad by Ivette Torres
This Topic immerses students in practicing the art of speaking in another language by incorporating history, culture, and music. By providing authentic learning experiences, Student-to-Student replies can be used for students to make connections to personal experiences in the world we live in, using the language which is being studied.

It feels amazing to share your voice and it’s magical to know that your voice is heard, respected, and sparks dialogue. Each interaction creates a stronger community with bolstered care and love of learning within each individual. Enjoy being the catalyst to create this amazing magic with your students!

See you on the Grid!
Jornea

Kick it Old School with MixTapes 🎧

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Back in the day (as in the 80s and 90s), when we wanted to do something special for our BFFs, we spent hours copying our favorite jams onto one tape to create the perfect listening experience. “Mixtapes” were the perfect space to share whatever we wanted with whomever we wanted!

Fast-forward to 2018. Educators are helping students share their ideas, wonderings, projects, questions - their MAGIC - in new and creative ways every day. So we’re kicking it old school to help you amplify and share #StudentVoice like never before!

Introducing MixTapes, the raddest way to share mic drop moments with the ones that matter.

You can create a MixTape for anything:

💯 Student Portfolios
🎓 Semester Highlights
⭐️ Project Showcase
🗓 School Yearbooks
📚 Read Alouds
👩‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Night Memories
👩‍🎤 Talent Show Remixes
🎤 Student TED Talks

You pick what goes on your MixTape (any Response from any of your Topics in any of your Grids!) and you set the order you want the Responses to play. Your MixTapes are view-only and can be shared anywhere. Additionally, your community can Follow your MixTapes to receive updates when new videos are added.

Ready to get rocking? Just tap the MixTapes button in your Educator Admin! For step-by-step instructions and getting started ideas, check out this MixTapes #GridTip from the Flipgrid Educator Innovation trio Jornea, Jess, and Ann!

Check out our Team Flipgrid MixTape below, and give us a shout to let us know your #MixTapes ideas. We can’t wait to see how you crank #StudentVoice up to 11!

#GridTip Party: Rocking MixTapes

The following blog post is written by Educator Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Ann Kozma, and Jess Boyce. In the #GridTip Series, Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Jornea, Ann, and Jess will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid. Looking for more inspiration? Sign up for one of the Engage & Amplify: Flipgrid 101 Webinars!

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Pssst… we made you a MixTape! 

If you are wondering what a MixTape is: back in the day friends made MixTapes for each other as a way to share their favorite songs on a cassette tape! Whether it was a Birthday Mix or a Love Song Mix, or the Summer of ‘88 Mix, making a MixTape for someone meant something special. You wanted to share the very best! 

⏩Fast forward to today, and the announcement of Flipgrid MixTapes! Now you can create a custom mix of epic Flipgrid Responses from across your Grids, allowing you to share your students’ magic...no cassette tapes needed! 

MixTapes can be a compilation of whatever you want! Maybe you want to highlight your class’s best learning accomplishments over the semester. Or maybe you want to create individual student portfolios. Or showcase the winning auditions for the school play. You get to pick what goes on your MixTape, allowing you to share, celebrate, and showcase Responses in a totally righteous, tubular, major, gnarly way! 

🎧 How to Create MixTapes

  1. In your Flipgrid Educator Admin, click on MixTapes and create a new MixTape. Name your MixTape, add a Code (notice you have a + sign at the beginning, otherwise it’s the exact same as a Flip Code) and add your Description. Add an optional password if you wish, then hit Create. You’re now ready to add Responses to your MixTape!

  2. When viewing a Response from your Educator Admin, you will see a super rad 80s inspired cassette icon. Click it to add that response to your MixTape.  You can add as many videos as you want from any Grid you own or CoPilot. And you can arrange the videos in any order you’d like to create your own custom blend of awesome.

  3. Sharing your MixTape with someone special is part of the magic. Simply share your MixTape Flip Code and your custom mix is ready to go! Your audience will be able to easily view your MixTape (with videos in the order you chose). We even added credits to showcase the stars of your MixTape, as well as you, the director!

▶️ Ready to hit Play? 

Now that you know what Flipgrid MixTapes are, here are a few awesome ideas from some of our Student Voice Ambassadors.  

💡Student Voice Ambassador Amy Storer suggests using MixTapes as a yearbook or student portfolio to showcase and share favorite memories from the school year. 

💡Student Voice Ambassador Priscilla Heredia is planning on using MixTapes to transform her "Keep the Quote” classroom activity. Each week, Priscilla posts a motivational quote on a special roll of chart paper. A student who personifies the quote gets to keep it at the end of the week. But now, with MixTapes, the plan is to have students submit their own quotes, app-smash them into GIFs or videos and nominate peers who are deserving and get to cut the chart paper to “Keep the Quote” that week. The student who submits the quote will get to present it to the winner and the recording will be added to the Flipgrid MixTape...sort of like a Motivational Quote Hall of Fame. 

💡Student Voice Ambassador Jennifer Saarinen looks forward to collaborating with students as they become the MixTape DJ. The DJ will get to select videos based on a particular, purpose, skill, or outcome. Her plan is to put the power of creating the MixTape in to the students’ hands as she works to create a learner-centered environment. 

💡Student Voice Ambassador Claudio Zavala is going to rock a MixTape of a play or screenplay. Students will record individual parts in a Grid, then Claudio will put them together by scene in a MixTape, just imagine... a Romeo & Juliet MixTape. He also created the very first MixTape for his amazing #SingaSong Grid!

💡Student Voice Ambassador Karly Moura suggests using MixTapes like a highlight reel celebrating the learning that happens over the course of a semester. 

Follow a MixTape

MixTapes are a magical way to share epic moments and showcase student voice. But, how do you ensure that your students, families, and friends never miss a mic-drop moment? Now your community can stay up-to-date when new videos are added by Following your MixTapes. When viewing a MixTape, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen to Follow. Enter your email address and choose a daily or weekly email notification.

The possibilities with MixTapes are endless. From portfolios, to celebrations, to mic-drop moments, we hope you enjoy this new feature as another awesome way to amplify student voice. 

Ready to rock? 🎶 Let’s mix it up! 👩‍🎤👨‍🎤 

See you on the Grid! 🚀