💕💫Student Voice Rockstar: Lucretia Anton

The heart of education is a dedicated educator and if you ever meet Lucretia Anton, she will steal your heart with her passion for creating loving environments for both students and teachers. As an Innovation Coach and past Rancho Lab School Teacher, Lucretia has been rockin’ out Flipgrid in her role for two years! She modeled the quest for continuous improvement by blasting off to become a Flipgrid Certified Educator and serves the Flipgrid community as an amazing Student Voice Ambassador for her school, community, and the larger online PLN known as “FlipgridFever.” Lucretia presents frequently at conferences, including Arcadia Unified Innovation Conference, EdTech Teacher Conference, Fall CUE, Spring CUE, and San Gabriel CUE. We were honored as she assisted with the organization and also presented at #StuVoiceCon18. In January of 2018, Lucretia even shared her amazing tips for creating a fun and welcoming environment for professional learning during the Presenting Flipgrid Webinar. She is a true gem!

The one word that comes to mind when Lucretia thinks about Flipgrid is 💥EMPOWERING 💥

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#WednesdayWisdom from Lucretia 💕

Uses

I love using Flipgrid! It’s simple, engaging, and most of all, versatile. This versatility has really empowered me to let my ideas take form. Much like a kid molding clay into shape after exciting new shape, I’ve been able to “mold” Flipgrid to connect in a variety of ways and across a wide range of ages from preschool students to adults. There is just something magical about using a lively medium like Flipgrid that ignites my creativity, no matter the audience I am working with.

Here are a few ways I have used Flipgrid with TK-Adults:
🗣Preschool-Talk the Illustration
📖Kindergarten Read Aloud Centers
💬Connect to Text Reflection
🎯Student Led Conference Goal Setting
🔎Mystery Numbers
🇺🇸Making History Characters Come to Life
👩‍⚖️Character Education: Developing the Leader in Each Student
🔢Algebra I Videos & Reflections
💭Community Circle Prompts & Reflections
👋Staff Introductions
💕Teacher Appreciation Messages
👨‍🏫QR Code Teacher Welcome Videos for Learning Walks
🤒Get Well Messages
🎂Happy Birthday Messages

Impact

Flipgrid has empowered students and adults alike to share their thoughts, fears, joys, and hopes with each other. It has been a catalyst for building relationships and strengthening classroom community. Through Flipgrid, our community of learners has gained a stronger sense of who they are as learners, and learners have embraced taking ownership of their learning. This has led to more meaningful conversations and a much deeper level of problem-solving in the classroom.

Advice

My advice to a new Flipgrid user is to have fun, connect with others, and trust in what you believe will be most valuable for your students.

HAVE FUN! 🎉
Create a grid titled "These are a Few of Our Favorite Things." In the topic descriptions, ask students about their favorite food, what they love to do outside of school, how they learn best, etc. This will allow you as an educator to simultaneously get to know your students and the Flipgrid platform. It will also allow your students to get to know one another. Building classroom community with Flipgrid allows for students and teachers to take risks, learn from failure, and empathize with each other.


Connect 🌐
The #FlipgridFever family has your back! If you are looking for an idea, someone to bounce an idea off of, or want to build a global, authentic audience for your students, then the Flipgrid community is here to support you! Follow the hashtag #FlipgridFever on Twitter to stay connected to the latest ideas regarding Flipgrid. You can join 5000+ educators connecting with other classrooms by signing up for #GridPals and following the hashtag #GridPals on Twitter. I have never met such an inviting group of educators who are always willing to work together to amplify student and teacher voices.

Trust 🙌
You know what is best for your students and community. Period. Trust in the experiences and the possibilities you can create or “mold” utilizing Flipgrid. Let your ideas and creativity take shape. You’ve got this!

Learn from Lucretia

Connect with Lucretia
Twitter: @lantonha
Check out Lucretia’s Rockstar Video:

#GridTip: Flipgrid + Screencastify

The following post is written by Educator Innovation Lead Jess Boyce. 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.

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We're celebrating Appsmash Innovation Month and it's time that we discuss a perfect match that’s getting a lot of buzz… Flipgrid and Screencastify!

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Screencastify is a tool that allows students and educators to personalize their learning experience through sharing their voice via a screen recording. The app is a Chrome extension, meaning the tool is always at the ready whenever you want to capture some magic!

How does it work?
Simple! In Chrome, click on the Screencastify icon, decide if you want to record your browser, desktop, or just webcam - and press record!

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The camera will capture video of whatever screen desired while recording audio narration. The masterpiece is then saved into Google Drive and can be downloaded as an mp4 file.

How do these two apps work together?
With Screencastify, students can create screen recordings of whatever it is that they'd like to share - showing their thinking as they ink in a OneNote, walking through a presentation, or showing step-by-step directions.

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In this example, my student was able to give his presentation without the fear that sometimes comes with standing in front of the class. Consider how this could shift time management during traditionally time-consuming class presentations.

To share Screencastify projects in Flipgrid, students will choose to import a video rather than recording a video. The process for accessing the Grid is the same, but instead of clicking on the red record button, students select the “Options” gear and then “Import Video.” They then select their Screencastify video from their camera roll and import their video into Flipgrid.

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Corey Mathias (Instructional Tech TOSA and #GridGuide from California) on Appsmashing Screencastify + Flipgrid:
💭 I love appsmashing because "It gives [students a] voice. Their response[s] become resources for the entire class instead of just living somewhere on the teacher's computer... authentic audience.

🤔 When students give presentations, it’s amazing to have them present their learning to their peers, however there is frustration with the class time it takes. Feedback is given, but students are unable to practice until the next presentation opportunity.

💡 With Flipgrid and Screencastify, students can do a presentation "rough draft." They can then use my feedback to improve their presentation in front of the class. In addition, I can have students upload their Screencastify presentations and they become a repository for the rest of the class to use.

Dr. Michael Harvey (a STEM teacher in Malaysia and #GridGuide) on Appsmashing Screencastify + Flipgrid:
💭 You can provide your students with creative and inspired ways to showcase their learning. Appsmashing allows more creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication of content mastery; all 21st century skills we want our students using along with integrating technology seamlessly.

💡 Using Screencastify and Flipgrid personalizes the experience for the student, rather than a YouTube video of someone they don't know, it is someone they have a relationship with - their teacher. In terms of the difference to my teaching, it allows students to feel connected to the content and also makes me aware of how I am communicating information to them.

Michael’s advice for those just starting out: “Do not try to be too overambitious at first, just try a short simple video of say voice-over of a short power point and go from there!”

There are countless ways to combine the magic of Screencastify and Flipgrid! Share your ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #FlipgridFever. And give me a shout with any questions, any time!


See you on the Grid!
Jess
@jessxbo
jess@flipgrid.com

Empower Learners with Immersive Reader in Flipgrid

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Within Flipgrid, all students have an equal voice. The quietest students share their thoughts, opinions, reflections, and ideas right next to the students who always raise their hand in class. But for many learners, it is challenging to share their voice when they have trouble reading the discussion prompt.

Enter Immersive Reader

Part of Microsoft’s Learning Tools, Immersive Reader brings powerful, proven techniques to improve reading and writing for learners, regardless of their age or ability. Whether a learner is dyslexic, an early or struggling reader, an ELL student, or simply needs a little assistance, Immersive Reader makes reading and understanding easier.

Today, on World Dyslexia Day, we are proud to announce that Immersive Reader is now built into Flipgrid. Within Flipgrid Topics, Immersive Reader can:

📙Read text aloud

📒Change text size, font, spacing, and color

📕Highlight parts of speech

📗Break words into syllables

📘Provide line focus

📔Improve word understanding with picture dictionary

Bringing Immersive Reader to Flipgrid is one of eight new ways Microsoft is expanding access by making Microsoft tools easier for all learners.

We hope this update helps your students as they share their beautiful voice!

⭐️ Student Voice Ambassadors ⭐️

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

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Student Voice Ambassadors are the most passionate and innovative educators on the planet, standing up for student engagement, agency, and empowerment wherever they go! They are champions of #StudentVoice and promoters of social learning. And they are relentlessly supportive of their peers in the educator community!

Interested in becoming a Student Voice Ambassador? Awesome! 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 every three months and reach out 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, as we rely heavily on Student Voice Ambassadors to help us improve Flipgrid. 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: A Dynamic Duo, Flipgrid & Book Creator 📚

The following post is written by Educator Innovation Lead Ann Kozma. 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.

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When you were a student, did you ever want to write a book? Perhaps you actually were given the task to create a book on a given topic and share it with your class. In some capacity, assignments like this are still given to students in classrooms around the world. The idea may be the same, but the tools available have drastically changed!

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As we celebrate Appsmash Innovation Month, let’s start by considering how Book Creator and Flipgrid can be used together to share, celebrate, and showcase student learning in the classroom and beyond! Book Creator is a powerful tool that allows students to become creators of content and authors of their own books. Using Flipgrid as a platform to share their creations provides an incredible extension of the learning, helps students share the “why” behind their work, and serves as a place to celebrate their finished product. Creating content in one app and enhancing it in another app is what appsmashing is all about. Book Creator and Flipgrid work very well together and are perfect companions if you are just beginning your appsmash adventures!

So, how do these two apps work together? Let’s first consider some of the tools available within Book Creator. Students can add media to their pages within their Book Creator project by uploading photos, launching the camera, drawing or annotating with a pen tool, adding text boxes and even recording audio. They can also add shapes, upload files, add Google Maps and even embed the web. These options provide endless possibilities for students as they create and share original content related to their learning goals.

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One of my favorite examples of student created books comes from Ruth Gaer’s class. Mrs. Gaer had her students write stories then illustrate, record, and publish their books in her foreign language class. These books represented the Spanish language acquisition and oral speaking skills the students were developing and was also a celebration of their creativity and unique voice.

But what happens when our students are done creating? How can they share a finished product? There are various share options for a Book Creator project; one that is used often is the Export as Video option. If students record audio within the pages of their Book Creator project, when they share their books, each book will play like a video and automatically advance with each page of the book. Importing a finished product into Flipgrid allows for students to share their content with peers and showcase their work beyond their device.

To share Book Creator projects in Flipgrid, students will choose to import a video rather than recording a video. The process for accessing the Grid is the same, but instead of clicking on the red record button, students will select Options and then select Import Video. They then select their Book Creator video from their camera roll and import their video into Flipgrid. Imagine the possibilities for a Grid full of student created books!

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The Import Video option in Flipgrid provides a whole new way for students to showcase their learning. Allowing students the opportunity to create in one app, save a video to their camera roll/Chromebook, and import the video into Flipgrid means that new possibilities exist for sharing and celebrating learning. Beyond that, there is endless potential for the discussions and collaborations that can take place on Flipgrid as students share the books they author, discuss their learning and ideas in the books they create or revisit their books that teach a skill or concept.

Appsmashing does not have to be complicated at all. What gets started in one app and shared to another is the magic of appsmashing. As students create, they will come to see how they can mix and match their favorite parts of different apps to create something completely different.

If you’ve never tried to appsmash, or never uploaded a video into Flipgrid, give it a try! Creating books, recording audio, and capturing student voice is truly a special way to showcase a student’s learning. Sharing the learning in a classroom, school, or even global community is empowering and is one way that we can provide authentic audiences for our students to share their voice with others.

Ready to go to the next level with appsmashing? Check out these resources for some new ideas!

💡 Check out Joe Merrill’s Book Creator and Flipgrid Integrate and Create eBook with tips and tricks to get you started.

💡 Learn some new ideas from the #Appsmashing Guide Volume 1 or Volume 2 by Joe Merrill.

💡 Revisit the Flipgrid Appsmash Bash Webinar with Jornea Erwin for even more ideas on appsmashing.

💡 Catch the highlights from Flipgrid’s Appsmash Madness 2018 and view Sean Forde’s winning #WorldReadAloud idea.

💡 Looking for a creative way to design your Book Creator book? iPad Master Class: Creating Learning and Teaching Resources by Alan Ellis will surely inspire you.

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Advice from Appsmash King Joe:

Throughout October, Flipgrid is featuring Joe Merrill, a visionary First Grade teacher from Florida and the King of Appsmashing, and learning a bit more about his approach to appsmashing. Here is some practical advice from Joe on how to get started with appsmashing.

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🎨➡️💭 “Provide opportunities for students to create, but still maintain higher levels of thinking.”

💡➡️🤩 “Know that students take on a new kind of ownership of their learning when appsmashing. It's a total game changer. Now, they’re making memories, not just listening as you teach lessons.”

🤷‍♂️➡️🕺 “Before you can expect your students to appsmash, you have to familiarize yourself with the tools also. Once you are familiar, make sure your students are able to maneuver through the apps.”

👩‍🎓➡️👩‍🏫 “App smashing is for everyone, not just students! Some of the best ideas will come to life simply because the teacher put their own creativity into developing a lesson. It's not hard to do, and your students will love your for it.”

🏠➡️💚 “I recommend using Flipgrid to as a place for your students share and present their work. Think of it as a place to "house" videos.”

Here’s to all of the appsmash adventures ahead!

Have fun exploring the possibilities with Book Creator and Flipgrid! Let us know how it goes on Twitter and give me a shout any time!

-Ann

🔮 Introducing Magic Wallpapers 🦄

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Now you can celebrate the Magic of Student Voice every time you pick up your phone or tablet 🧜‍ Just follow these super simple steps:

🤔 Choose your favorite #StudentVoiceIsMagic mythical character below

📸 Save the photo to your camera roll

✨ Set the photo as your wallpaper. If you are on iOS, tap Perspective and boom... Magic!

🤳 Share your new magical phone with the world and tweet a pic using the hashtag #StudentVoiceIsMagic

Share with your students and staff to spread the Magic of Student Voice throughout your school!